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January, 2015

Successful Leaders are not Conflict Averse

Through my observations of successful leaders, I recognize that they have many attributes. In addition to vision, ability to articulate and communicate vision successfully, motivate followers, high integrity plus other qualities, I find that successful leaders are not conflict adverse.

Successful leaders are problem solvers, either directly or through others, and are action oriented. They do not shy away from conflict that stands in the way of accomplishing their vision, goals and objectives.
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A conflict averse person is someone who is non-confrontational, avoids conflict or confronting an issue at hand, deflects a discussion until later, or simply not bring up the subject of contention. In social situations it might be preferable to avoid conflict or contention, but in business, unresolved conflict can . . . read more.
Mike Brice
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Feature Article

8 Steps to Reverse a Negative Culture

by Ilan Mochari, Senior Writer, Inc.

Professional Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells is famous for leading teams to 3 Super Bowls. His most significant career accomplishment was his ability to reverse the cycle of loosing in five football organizations. Parcells success factor was his ability to turn around the organization culture.

The following is a list of the seven speaking mistakes professionals make.

  1. Seek input and buy-in from incumbent employees.
  2. Find a way to bond outside of the workplace.
  3. Share your broad philosophies - and detail how they'll help incumbent employees.
  4. Find your sergeants.
  5. Stay patient as employees acclimate to the changes.
  6. Deploy personnel in terms of their competence to perform key tasks, rather than in terms of their job titles.
  7. Recognize when you need to be political, and when you can simply take action.
  8. Set boundaries with your bad-behaving high performers--and let them stray, every now and then, if the straying gets results.

Can you recognize parallels in the change management principles that Parcells used in a sports context to those that can be applied in a conventional business context?

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Note: Ask yourself the following questions.
  • Do you have a desired culture objective?
  • Do you involve your team an/or employees in the culture discussion?
  • Do you communicate your values/philosophies to your employees?

If you are looking for guidance on developing your organization culture contact Mike to learn about the Executive Coaching services available from Brice Consulting for you and your organization.

Leadership Resources
Culture: Joel Peterson, Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Without giving careful thought to how one interacts with others, particularly on the team, a founder may be setting a culture without knowing it. What can a founder do to positively impact the culture for the long term, and what should he or she be careful not to do to negatively impact the culture?
Company Culture (1:07:53 min)

Culture: 4 Secrets to Build a Strong Company Culture (2:20 min)

Culture: Explores the different layers and definitions of corporate culture, with commentary from Robert Murray, CEO of Firemint, and Paul Higgins, Managing Director of Oakley.
It's All About Culture - What is Corporate Culture? (5:44min)

e-commerce: You may already have had your fill of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But what about "Small Business Saturday." That initiative, begun several years ago, is meant to garner support for local small businesses during the holiday shopping season, especially on the Saturday following Thanksgiving.
More small businesses embracing e-commerce

Success: Successful people entertain the same kind of negative and self-limiting thoughts that everyone else has. What differs is their identification and reaction to them.
5 Thoughts That Crush Success

Personal Brand: A lot of micropreneurs struggle to create a separate identity for their companies, when, in fact, they'’re better off using their personal brand to represent the company.
4 Easy Ways to Brand Yourself as an Industry Expert

Speaking: When it comes to professional settings, though, the way we speak - including tone, pitch, and volume - is every bit as important, and dramatically affects how our bosses and colleagues perceive us.
The 7 Worst Speaking Mistakes Professionals Make

Feedback:When leaders ask for feedback does it make them look weak?
Top Ranked Leaders Know This Secret: Ask For Feedback

Leadership: As we rise into leadership roles, it’s not always easy to walk the talk. Of course, we want to be wise sages, counseling our charges and inspiring them to greatness. But that’s easier said than done.
Learning How To Become A Leader

Sales: "I can teach one how to sell, but I can't teach one how to work hard. That needs to come from within." That quote is from my first sales manager nine years ago, and it still resonates with me today.
4 Qualities Of Truly Epic Salespeople

Web Site Productivity: No matter how much traffic your site gets, what really matters is conversions. Convert neutral traffic - people who haven't decided whether to buy or not - by investing in analyzing and incentivizing them to buy. Increasing conversions is more financially beneficial than driving more traffic.
7 Powerful Ways to Convert Neutral Traffic into Paying Customers

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