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Can You Overdo People Skills?

August 1, 2013 | HBR

In our work with leaders on overplayed strengths, people sometimes object to the idea that every strength can be taken too far. For instance, an academic journal editor once held up publication of a research article stating flatly that "it ...

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What It Takes to Be a Boss Every Employee Loves

July 16, 2013 | Entrepreneur

Being a successful leader means being good at what you do and possessing integrity. But more than anything, it's about your ability to build healthy relationships with others -- particularly those who work for you.
As an entrepreneur, ...

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BlogDevelopment of Good Leaders

Are Good Leaders (mostly) Born or (mostly) Developed?

July 11, 2013 | Warren Bobrow | HCI

It is the holy grail of managing leaders. If good leaders are born, then succession planning is really a selection issue. Once you identify key leadership characteristics, evaluate candidates on them, make your choices and then you are done. This makes leadership identification a very cost-effective process. 

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For Me, or Not For Me?

June 27, 2013 | Jeffrey G. Soper | HCI

With apologies to William Shakespeare, that truly is THE question. In the realm of leadership, the single most important question to be asked by and answered for potential followers is “what’s in it for me.” To many, this is a selfish perspective and one to be avoided or at least heavily masked. But is such a perspective really selfish?

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Leaders Open Doors

March 27, 2013 | Bill Treasurer | HCI

Leadership is the most overanalyzed, thoroughly dissected, and utterly confused topic in business. Many leadership experts, myself included, make the topic of leadership far too complex, causing people to opt out of the chance to lead.

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HCI Summit Spotlight: Liz Wiseman

February 6, 2013 | Katherine Ratkiewicz | HCI

In just under two months, we’ll ditch this winter snow and bask in the warm sunshine of Orlando, FL for HCI’s annual Human Capital Summit. By now you’ve probably heard about the Summit theme: Building Successful and Adaptive Talent Management in a VUCA Environment (VUCA – describes an environment characterized by: Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity); and you’ve also started monitoring the list of rock-star keynotes as it continues to grow each week. 

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Leading Away from Comfort

January 24, 2013 | Bill Treasurer | HCI

It may surprise you that your job as a leader is to make people uncomfortable. Why? Because people learn, develop, and progress in a zone of discomfort, not comfort. It is in the pursuit of challenges that are hard, scary, and uncomfortable that people discover their worth, and convert potential into actual skills.

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