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Why Your Team Needs You to Be More Authentic

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If you bring all of who you are to the leadership table, some people will hate your style. In fact, it's likely that a few "important" people will not "like" you. Authenticity is intimidating, and scares those with the most to hide. Far easier to lead like everyone else and be groomed to fit a mold. Similarly, letting people see who you are and hear what you really mean makes you vulnerable. Rejection of your idea stings. Rejection of s... more

How to Lead With Authenticity

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How would you answer the question:  Do most leaders lead with true authenticity? Sadly, if you're like my MBA students, the majority of you will likely vote no. You'd share stories of strategic ambiguity, or leaders letting greed and stock price trump once solid values. One student shared, "I honestly think most leaders start out being authentic, but after a while with all the pressures it's just too hard to maintain." When everyone's pl... more

7 Reasons Your Team's Afraid to Tell You the Truth

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In the military, not knowing the whole truth can be deadly. But the truth is, the whole truth can be scary. It's far easier to share the watered down version of the bad news, or the "truth" with one or two minor omissions. Your troops decide what you can handle. If you've got a short trigger, or a propensity to rush in and help, they'll go a bit slower to put all their cards on the table. Like parents protecting young children, they'll ... more

7 Hot Tips on Negotiating Your Salary

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Transitioning from the military to civilian life can be an intimidating process. With so many things to do, getting a job is almost always at the top of the list. Here are 7 salary negotiation tips to make the transition a little smoother and ensure you get the salary you deserve. 1. Be explicit with your skills. It's very important to know how to translate the skills you learned in the military to job requirements in the civilian wor... more

Top 10 Reasons Not to Quit Your Job

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You're frustrated, bitter, and fantasizing about getting out. When you hate your job, the negative feelings can consume you. But, while it's important to leave if you must, it's more important to make an informed and thought-out decision. Business News Daily listed 10 reasons you shouldn't quit your job – take stock of each one and make sure leaving is right for you. 1. You don't have a plan. No matter how badly you want to leave your j... more

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