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written by Mick Ukleja

Open Leadership

Is There An Upside of Giving Up Control? I met Charlene Li in Chicago at the American Society for Trainers and Developers conference (ASTD) last year. She is the co-author of Groundswell. Her new book, Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead, continues on the same theme.  It’s about changing the power […]

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06.02.2011
written by Mick Ukleja

Not All Training Opportunities Are Created Equal

(Is This Leadership Program Worth My Time And Money?) In the last issue we learned that leaders are not necessarily genetically inclined. 30% of the brain is hardwired at birth. That means that our life experiences– including training– programs a lot of what we feel we are capable of doing. That’s the software component. The […]

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04.27.2011
written by Mick Ukleja

Beware Of The Monkey Hitchhiker

One evening, I went out to dinner with friends and enjoyed a great conversation. But the next morning, when I woke up, I realized that a couple of new responsibilities were now on my agenda. Somehow, I had agreed to call an acquaintance to ask a favor. Plus, I offered to help raise funds for […]

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04.20.2011
written by Mick Ukleja

The Importance Of Boosting Cultural Agility In A Global Economy

When we talk about cultural diversity it is no longer a matter of just thinking beyond one’s geographic borders.  In the United States we are blessed with ethnic diversity.  It enriches our perspectives and increases our learning.  Yet it is not without its challenges. One of LeadershipTraQ’s friends, Laura Curnutt Santana, recently wrote an article […]

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04.05.2011
written by Mick Ukleja

Can Anyone Be A Leader?

(Are They Born, Or Made?) According to current research, about 30% of a person’s leadership ability is genetic, and the rest is learned—but not necessarily in school.  Stem cells are waiting to be developed.  Much of that which is learned comes through life experiences. The contributions of life cannot be overlooked. Challenges, hardships, work experiences, […]

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03.22.2011
written by Mick Ukleja

Employee Engagement

Every leader wants their employees to perform at an-above-average level.  My friends, Scott and Ken Blanchard give two tips on how to fire up the employee passion and keep it burning. First, remember why you got into the business in the first place, and second, connect the dots between an individual’s work and the organization’s […]

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03.14.2011
written by Mick Ukleja

How Do I Reward And Motivate… With Less Money? – Part III

Tough times? Every organization goes through them. More attention is being paid to the bottom line. That being the case, equally as much attention should be paid to the frontline—the team members that produce the results. In the earlier posts in this series (part I & part II), I said we need to Staff By […]

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02.07.2011
written by Mick Ukleja

How Do I Reward And Motivate… With Less Money? – Part II

I’ve learned a lot of lessons from coaching volunteers. These principles are just as important for our hourly or salaried employees. When money is tight we can either get pessimistic or productive. The tendency is to avoid people. They need the leader’s attention more than ever during challenging times. In my last post I said […]

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02.03.2011
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