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Conciliators make the world go around. Or at least function more smoothly.

Conciliators have the ability to get people to get along with one another not merely as compromisers but as collaborators. Conciliation also works when things are broken. Then they become those who can reconcile aggrieved parties.

“The main object of conciliation,” said Confucius, “lies in reaching a solution to a case based upon morals and with a warm heart.” Morality underscores the principle to getting people to work together for the right reasons.[…] Continue Reading »

When you are presenting your ideas, you don’t have to sublimate your personality. It may be your most important asset.

Effective leaders know how to inject their personality into their ideas. How?

  • One, think about what you want to say. Make a well-reasoned argument.
  • Two, reflect on what your words really mean. Whom do they affect? What the benefits of your ideas?
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The best executives with whom I have worked make a point of hitting the road.

Executives who get out of their offices and make treks to the front lines, as well as to customer locations, get firsthand impressions of what is happening, as well as what is not happening. And it’s not enough to show up.

You need to engage.[…] Continue Reading »

No reorganization is ever easy. Especially when you are hired from the outside.

When this occurs, the newly appointed leaders must do what Alan Mulally of Ford and Sergio Marchionne of Fiat Chrysler did when they transformed their organizations. Their example works also works for leaders who have been in their jobs for a while.

I define leadership presence as the “right stuff of leadership,” and, by doing so, I embrace a holistic concept.

By that definition, presence encompasses conviction, authority and power — and the application of them through a leader’s actions and words.

You might consider presence as defined by three verbs: be, do, review.

Leadership embraces activism; it is the outcome of a purposeful pursuit of goals.[…] Continue Reading »