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November 18, 2018

When conducting training for new leaders, one of the basic concepts we explore is how they obtain and use the different sources of power.  There are five basic bases of power; positional (legitimate), reward, punishment (coercive), expert, and referent (respect).  Addi...

June 6, 2018

Can your supervisors transform their leadership inspiration into behaviors?

In my CMF Leadership Consulting’s Leadership Effectiveness seminars, I ask the age-old question: What’s the difference between managing and leading?  I always get some close responses and then s...

When you’re sick and don’t know what is wrong with you, you go to a doctor, right?  And then what happens?  The doctor may conduct an examination and asks you questions about the “symptoms” you are experiencing.  She/he may ask for tests or take samples to try to...

February 15, 2018

Scenario - You are observing a classroom of kindergarten students and see "Little Johnnie" coloring on the wall by the window.  The teacher goes over and tells "Little Johnnie" to, "Stop coloring on the walls," but then doesn't give any direction after that.  So, a few...

January 26, 2018

We are always asked the question: “Are leaders born or is leadership learned?”  Well, let's address the obvious first, all leaders have to have been born at some point in order to be alive!  So, now let's get into the not-so obvious!.  Consider leaders like Abraham Lin...

October 23, 2016

As leaders we are constantly looking for new and different ways to motivate people.  Motivation through consequences, the "carrot and stick" has been proven to be only effective until there is more than just rudimentary cognitive skill involved, then they have an oppos...

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