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Lead Change Group The Lead Change Group is a global leadership community interested in connecting, sharing and collaborating on all things leadership. You'll hear quite a bit about character-based leadership -- leading from who you are rather than your position or power. The group's focus is on applying character-based leadership to make a positive difference. Learn more about the group at http://leadchangegroup.com.

Business gone global means that the ability of employees to work effectively together across borders and time zones has become critical. Cultivating global mindset in employees and organizations can squash misunderstandings that may hurt business while building team cohesion that can dramatically help. Still, studies show that leadership programs are failing at preparing future leaders with the skills needed to excel in this new business world.[…] Continue Reading »

Liz and Ricky are two best work buddies at an industrial supply company in the Midwest. But it wasn’t always like that.

Early on in their careers, they once stopped talking for a week. A minor disagreement turned ugly when Ricky, an extrovert, took action without mulling things over and Liz, an introvert, kept her feelings inside.[…] Continue Reading »

Consider this situation: two women are losing their father to cancer. For Eloise, the journey is terrifying and overwhelming. Her life is so busy, packed with the demands of her job and the challenge of raising three children. She does her best to care for him but she finds it difficult to talk about what is happening inside her.[…] Continue Reading »

Lisa was super-friendly and always eager to serve me. She was one of the main reasons I parked my car every week at the off-airport parking facility where she worked. Arriving at Acme Executive Parking, I would pull into the facility and Lisa would be the driver who always rode with me to the terminal. After I got out and retrieved my luggage, she would give me a ticket and then drive my slick-looking sports car back to the lot to park.[…] Continue Reading »

Accountability became a management fad in the early 2000s. Unfortunately, in most organizations, accountability has become a hollow and empty slogan that evokes cynicism and sarcasm. People often wave the “A” word around when they want others to get things done or, more commonly, when they are frustrated with others for not getting things done.

The intention behind the concept of accountability has always been to create an environment that allows people to be clear and honest about what they will deliver, rise above challenging circumstances to overcome obstacles, and substitute excuses with relentless action that achieves great results.[…] Continue Reading »