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Work Relationships Need More Than a Nod Across the Table

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June 8, 2017
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Mary Jo Asmus
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Leadership

Establishing key stakeholder relationships takes more than just a nod across the table at a meeting. Mary Jo Asmus shares tips for building healthy professional relationships.

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4 Ways to Get Your Followers to Know You as a REAL Person

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June 12, 2017
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Randy Conley
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Leadership

If you’re a leader, chances are your employees don’t see you as a real person. Randy Conley shares how leaders can build trust through the acronym REAL.

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Don’t Take Yes for an Answer

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June 13, 2017
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Paul LaRue
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Leadership

Paul LaRue writes that good leaders promote the Connection Culture element of "voice" by encouraging their team members to share their viewpoints, even if it means offering a dissenting opinion.

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3 Secrets of Better Performance Conversations

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June 13, 2017
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Wally Bock
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Leadership

Performance conversations are part of a relationship rather than a one-time occurance, explains Wally Bock. Learn tips to have better performance conversations with your team.

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Seeing Your New Team Through Eyes of Understanding

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June 8, 2017
by
Mary Jo Asmus
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Leadership

When you inherit a new team through a promotion or new position, it can be tempting to "clean house" and start over. But Mary Jo Asmus writes that it's important to view your team with understanding.

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Leadership: Caring for the People is Part of the Job

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June 13, 2017
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Wally Bock
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Leadership

As Wally Bock explains, a leader's personality doesn't alter the fact that caring for people is a key managerial responsibility. Learn four ways to care for the people you lead.

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Building Rapport Shows Employees You Care: How to Get Started

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June 12, 2017
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Randy Conley
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Leadership

Establishing rapport is critical for senior leaders in order to gain the trust of those they lead. Randy Conley shares practical ways leaders can be intentional about building rapport.

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The Keystone Competency of Effective Leadership: How to Develop it in 3 Steps

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June 12, 2017
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Todd Hall
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Leadership

Self-awareness is a key factor that separates effective leaders from ineffective leaders. Dr. Todd Hall explains how you can develop self-awareness in your own life and career.

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The Ray Standard

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June 13, 2017
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Wally Bock
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Leadership

As this leadership story from Wally Bock illustrates, great bosses never forget that they’re part of the team, as well as the team leader, and they show it by the way the act.

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When Leaders Live the Vision

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June 8, 2017
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Mike Stallard
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Leadership

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, part of Northwestern Medicine, benefits from the leadership approach of President and CEO Kathleen Yosko, who emphasizes the importance of living the organization's vision.

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Ten Daily Practices That Show Respect to Your Team

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June 8, 2017
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Mary Jo Asmus
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Leadership

When a leader shows they respect their team, people are motivated, dedicated, and loyal. Mary Jo Asmus shares ten ways leaders can demonstrate respect to their employees.

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Connection to the Cause: How Harriett Beecher Stowe United Abolitionists in the Fight Against Slavery

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June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
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Leadership

As Harriett Beecher Stowe's story illustrates, the Connection Culture element of "inspiring identity" is a powerful tool for leading change.

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Rules, Relationship, and Respect – Balance The 3 R’s of Leadership

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June 13, 2017
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Paul LaRue
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Leadership

Finding the balance between enforcing rules and building relationships is critical to winning the respect of team members, writes Paul LaRue.

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World’s Greatest Leaders Tap Power of Connection

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June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
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Leadership

A growing number of leaders identify connection as a primary factor contributing to their organization's sustained success.

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Windshield Leadership vs. Rear-View Mirror Management

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June 13, 2017
by
Paul LaRue
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Leadership

As Paul LaRue explains, the results of a "windshield leadership" style are dramatically different from a rear-view management approach. Here's why.

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Would They Work for You Again?

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June 8, 2017
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Mary Jo Asmus
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Leadership

Would your team want to work for you again? Mary Jo Asmus shares things leaders can do to foster a great working relationship with their team members.

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5 Common Leadership Behaviors That Crush the Spirits of Employees

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June 12, 2017
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Randy Conley
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Leadership

While most leaders don't intentionally try to crush the spirits of employees, they may harm others when too focused on their own agendas.

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Four Intangible Leadership Qualities That You Can Acquire

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June 8, 2017
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Mary Jo Asmus
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Leadership

While many great leaders seem to have an intangible charisma, charisma can be broken down to a few qualities that you can develop.

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4 Ways to Develop and Retain Employees When You Can’t Give Promotions

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June 12, 2017
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Randy Conley
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Leadership

When leaders don’t have the ability to hand out promotions, how do they grow, engage, and retain their key talent? Randy Conley explains four approaches.

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Fairness Isn’t Just Nice, It’s Important

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June 13, 2017
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Wally Bock
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Leadership

You know that you’re supposed to be fair to your employees. What you may not know is how important it is. Wally Bock shares advice for leaders.

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Six Unexpected Things You Are Responsible For

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June 8, 2017
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Mary Jo Asmus
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Leadership

There many things leaders need to take responsibility for that aren’t explicit or written down anywhere. Mary Jo Asmus defines six of those in this article.

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6 Weights Holding You Down From Becoming the Leader You Want To Be

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June 12, 2017
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Randy Conley
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Leadership

Just like ships are periodically cleaned, leaders need to regularly remove the barnacles that are holding them back from performing at their best.

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Finish 2016 Strong: Refocus, Reconnect, Reenergize

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June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
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Leadership

Fall has arrived and with it begins the fourth quarter. Now is the time to establish your plan to finish the year strong. Here are a few practices to help.

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Be Honest and Caring When Giving Feedback

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June 8, 2017
by
Mary Jo Asmus
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Leadership

Many leaders dread giving feedback, thus avoiding it or sugar coating the message. Mary Jo Asmus shares tips for giving honest and caring feedback.

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Step Out of Your Comfort Zone to Develop Trusting Work Relationships

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June 8, 2017
by
Mary Jo Asmus
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Leadership

Creating great, trusting work relationships may require you to step out of your comfort zone. Here's how leaders can achieve the right balance.

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6 Ways Leaders Can Dial up the Value in the Workplace

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June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
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Leadership

Adding elements to a workplace that enhance people’s value effectively empower people to achieve their potential. Here are six ways leaders can do this.

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3 Ways to Lead Like Lincoln

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June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
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Leadership

Abraham Lincoln had a talent for converting detractors into loyal supporters. These three elements of his leadership and communication style explain how.

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The #1 Thing New Managers Need to Know

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June 12, 2017
by
Randy Conley
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Leadership

As a new manager, your number one priority is building trust. Randy Conley explains the basics of how to establish yourself as a trustworthy leader.

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The Ringleader Approach to Leading Teams

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June 13, 2017
by
Paul LaRue
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Leadership

Today’s employees want a ringleader who will put them out on display so they can show their talents and perform to the best of their abilities.

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Prepare to be Amazed by "C" Employees

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June 8, 2017
by
Mary Jo Asmus
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Leadership

Is it hard to believe that the C employee could be your next A or B employee if given a chance? Mary Jo Asmus shares advice for leaders.

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One Last Time: How do You Motivate People?

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June 13, 2017
by
Wally Bock
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Leadership

People ultimately motivate themselves, but leaders can create an environment where employees are more likely to motivate themselves to do things you like.

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3 Ways To Be Everyone’s Favorite Manager

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June 12, 2017
by
Randy Conley
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Leadership

Being a good manager isn’t easy. The good news is there are some easy, straight-forward ways to become the manager that everyone loves.

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3 Practical Strategies for Leading Virtual Teams

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June 12, 2017
by
Randy Conley
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Leadership

Virtual teams aren’t necessarily better or worse than on-site teams, but they do have different dynamics that need to be accounted for and managed.

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Your Intention And How You Want To Show Up

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June 8, 2017
by
Mary Jo Asmus
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Leadership

Taking a moment to think about how you want to show up is a leadership move that refines your intention and puts you in control of yourself.

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How 3 Leadership Styles Contribute to or Undermine Your Success

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June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
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Leadership

Whether you lead with an aggressive, passive, or assertive style has tremendous implications for your workplace success. Here's why.

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For The Best Teams, Put Aces In Their Places

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June 13, 2017
by
Paul LaRue
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Leadership

Are your people in the right roles for their talents and abilities? Paul LaRue explains why leaders need to "put aces in their places."

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Beautiful, Clear Communication

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June 8, 2017
by
Mary Jo Asmus
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Leadership

Clarity in communication is essential for leaders, but very often team members don't understand the instructions. Here are tips to deliver a clear message.

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Delegation: Doing it Right

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June 13, 2017
by
Wally Bock
in
Leadership

Delegation can be a win-win for your team, but it can also backfire. Here's when you should and should not delegate.

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Leading with Character: Integrity

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June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
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Leadership

Great leaders - trusted leaders - demonstrate integrity. Here's what integrity is and how you can practice it in your daily work.

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What Happens When the Annual Performance Appraisal Goes Away?

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June 13, 2017
by
Wally Bock
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Leadership

If you are responsible for leading a team, what happens to your role when the annual performance appraisal goes away? The answer: not much. Here's why.

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Great Leaders Connect The Dots

Posted
June 13, 2017
by
Paul LaRue
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Leadership

One of the traits that differentiates great leaders from the rest is their ability to pull everything together and create a cohesive organization.

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Making a Connection Instead of Solving the Problem

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June 8, 2017
by
Mary Jo Asmus
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Leadership

When an employee performance issue arises, think of it as a situation requiring a connection instead of a problem that needs solving writes Mary Jo Asmus.

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4 Reasons to Lead with Questions

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June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
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Leadership

Most organization and team cultures today focus on racing to identify actionable solutions. The most effective leaders, however, take time to ask questions.

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Improving Those Conversations About Performance

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June 13, 2017
by
Wally Bock
in
Leadership

Talking to people who work for you about their performance is a major challenge. Here are some ways to improve the odds of a successful outcome.

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When Control Goes South: A True Story

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June 8, 2017
by
Mary Jo Asmus
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Leadership

A leader rarely needs to direct their employees in detail. Great things can happen when managers give up control and allow employees to be creative.

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30 Days is All You Have to Make an Initial Impact

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June 13, 2017
by
Paul LaRue
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Leadership

How long does a leader in his or her new role have to lay the initial groundwork for success? Just 30 days, writes Paul LaRue. Here's how to make an impact.

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Praise Fundamentals for Leaders

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June 13, 2017
by
Wally Bock
in
Leadership

Praise is like a powerful chemical catalyst, but you have to use it wisely and well to get the best results. Wally Bock shares advice for leaders. 

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Go Beyond Listening to Make Others Feel Heard

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June 8, 2017
by
Mary Jo Asmus
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Leadership

Go beyond surface listening to having a goal of making others feel heard. It’ll make a big difference in your leadership and career, writes Mary Jo Asmus. 

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Top Leadership Behaviors That Will Positively Influence Your Employees

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June 16, 2017
by
Alison Brattle
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Leadership

Positively influencing employees so that they maximize their potential is a crucial skill for leaders. Here are 5 leadership behaviors to put into practice.

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So, Now You’re a Boss

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June 13, 2017
by
Wally Bock
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Leadership

As a new boss, you have a lot to learn. Wally Bock shares practical tips for first time managers, from rules to live by to key phrases. 

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The 6 Benefits of Effective Delegation

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June 13, 2017
by
Paul LaRue
in
Leadership

Delegation is more than just taking something off of your plate, writes Paul LaRue. Here's how delegation can benefit your direct report and company.

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Leadership Lessons From Bear Grylls: 3 Ways to be a Secure Base

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June 12, 2017
by
Todd Hall
in
Leadership

Bear Grylls is a great example of someone who understands one of the foundational jobs of a leader: creating a secure base for employees and the team. 

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Leadership Insights of a Hostage Negotiator

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June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
in
Leadership

Hostage negotiators like George Kohlrieser are successful 95% of the time. How? Learn the secret to their success and how to apply it to your career. 

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Leaders – When is the Last Time You Noticed?

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June 12, 2017
by
Randy Conley
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Leadership

A leader’s best ability is availability, writes Randy Conley. When is the last time you noticed what's going on in your team members' lives?

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Why it Doesn’t Need to be Lonely at the Top

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June 8, 2017
by
Mary Jo Asmus
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Leadership

The loneliest leaders are those who continually struggle without help in making decisions. Mary Jo Asmus explains why you shouldn't be "lonely at the top."

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Leadership Resilience: Washington Redskins Quarterback Kirk Cousins

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June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
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Leadership

An excellent example of leadership resilience is Kirk Cousins, the young quarterback leading the turnaround of the Washington Redskins.

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Can Aetna’s “Servant Leader” CEO Mark Bertolini Transform Healthcare?

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June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
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Leadership

Mark Bertolini is a CEO to watch. His mindset of servant leadership could very well make Aetna a catalyst for positive change in healthcare.

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5 Mindset Shifts to Promote Connection

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June 12, 2017
by
Todd Hall
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Leadership

We’re often so focused on “what’s next” that we miss opportunities to connect. Dr. Todd Hall shares how to shift your mindset to promote connection.

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4 Practices to Shift From Controlling to Empowering Others

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June 12, 2017
by
Todd Hall
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Leadership

Control protects us from pain, but it also blocks us from the very thing that heals the pain and promotes healthy organizations: relational connections.

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TCU’s Humility Improves Odds of Success

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June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
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Leadership

No one can deny that TCU is on a roll, but it is the school leadership's humility that will help to sustain success. Here's what we can learn from TCU.

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5 Team Leadership Insights from Cubs’ Skipper Joe Maddon

Posted
June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
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Leadership

Joe Maddon is known for seemingly silly antics, but there is a method to Maddon’s madness. And that’s part of what makes the madcap manager unusually great.

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The Most Important Part of Your Day

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June 8, 2017
by
Mary Jo Asmus
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Leadership

As a leader, the most important part of your day isn't when you're making decisions, writes Mary Jo Asmus. Instead, it's when you take the time to listen.

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7 Strategies To Help Your Team Communicate

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June 13, 2017
by
Paul LaRue
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Leadership

Great teams know the value of communication, but effective team communication is challenging. Paul LaRue shares 7 strategies to help your team communicate.

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5 Leadership Behaviors to Move up on Your Priority List

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June 8, 2017
by
Mary Jo Asmus
in
Leadership

Is your leadership falling flat? Many leaders need to move these relationship-building behaviors up to the top of their priority list, writes Mary Jo Asmus.

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3 Ways to Model Customer Service to Your Employees

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June 12, 2017
by
Todd Hall
in
Leadership

The most important way you can teach customer service is treat your employees with the care and respect you want them to have for your customers.

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3 Ways to Develop Personal Authority

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June 12, 2017
by
Todd Hall
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Leadership

Where does your authority as a leader or influencer come from? Dr. Todd Hall discusses the concept of personal authority and how to develop it.

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Self-Aware? Check. Now Be Others-Aware.

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June 13, 2017
by
Paul LaRue
in
Leadership

While self-awareness is a key component of leadership, don't neglect the other vital aspect of leadership influence: a focus on being “others-aware.”

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Joe Torre’s “Moments of Truth” as a Leader

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June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
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Leadership

Joe Torre, former manager of the New York Yankees, really knew how to build trust, commitment and loyalty with his players. Here's how he did it.

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Becoming a Great Boss: Where to Start

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June 13, 2017
by
Wally Bock
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Leadership

Do you want to become a great boss? Wally Bock explains that becoming a great boss doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, it starts with something simple.

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3 Ways to Promote Psychological Safety in Your Team

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June 12, 2017
by
Todd Hall
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Leadership

Dr. Todd Hall shares three practices to promote a culture of psychological safety in your workplace, which is necessary for organizational effectiveness.

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4 Ways to Establish Security at Work

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June 12, 2017
by
Todd Hall
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Leadership

In contrast to your natural inclination, your primary job as a leader is to establish security writes Dr. Todd Hall. Here are four ways to do so.

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How Lafayette, an “Outsider,” Won the Allegiance of His Team

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June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
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Leadership

When you are viewed as an "outsider," it is difficult to lead. Here's how Lafayette overcame that stigma...and won the heart of a nation in the process.

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Stop Helping and Start Listening

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June 8, 2017
by
Mary Jo Asmus
in
Leadership

Knowing your habitual reactions and choosing one that’s more appropriate (like listening) may be just the right solution for others in emotional moments.

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The One Thing That Determines Your Success as a Leader

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June 12, 2017
by
Randy Conley
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Leadership

Becoming a successful leader is complex, but doesn't have to be complicated. Randy Conley describes the one factor that will determine your success.

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The Test of Presidential Leadership

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June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
in
Leadership

With the U.S. presidential race heating up, how will you assess which candidate would restore trust and confidence in American leadership?

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How to Talk to Team Members About Performance

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June 13, 2017
by
Wally Bock
in
Leadership

Talking to employees about performance isn't easy, but it's essential for both task and relationship excellence. Wally Bock shares his advice for managers.

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4 Ways Love Provides a Competitive Advantage

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June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
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Leadership

Love provides a lasting, although rarely discussed, competitive advantage. Here's why leaders such as Kip Tindell and Herb Kelleher focus on love.

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How to Pick the Right People to be Managers

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June 13, 2017
by
Wally Bock
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Leadership

When choosing new managers, use past behavior to predict future performance. Wally Bock shares characteristics to look for in future managers.

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How Fort Worth’s Bike Riding Mayor Steers the City

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June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
in
Leadership

Fort Worth's Mayor Price has mastered "voice," an essential element for effective leadership. Here are three lessons leaders can learn from Mayor Price.

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Values-Based Leadership Lessons from Coach John Wooden

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June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
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Leadership

Legendary basketball coach John Wooden taught that a person's character was essential to success. Learn about his values-driven approach to leadership.

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Finding Meaningful Development Opportunities for Others

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June 8, 2017
by
Mary Jo Asmus
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Leadership

As a leader, you need to be intentional about your efforts to find meaningful development opportunities for others, advises Mary Jo Asmus. Here's how.

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How To Get It Done With The People You’ve Got

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June 13, 2017
by
Paul LaRue
in
Leadership

You've inherited a new position, and with it a new team. Should you "clean house," or instead work to achieve goals using the current team?

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Grassroots Innovation Contributed to WWII Victory

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June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
in
Leadership

Innovation happens when group members are given autonomy and encouraged to voice their ideas, as illustrated by this remarkable story from WWII.

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The 5 Fundamentals of Effective Listening

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June 12, 2017
by
Randy Conley
in
Leadership

Listening is one of the most underrated and unappreciated leadership skills, but it is essential to building trust. Here's how to become a better listener.

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3 Ways to Reduce Risk of Managerial Failure

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June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
in
Leadership

It’s remarkable to see huge companies go up in flames due to managerial failure. And yet it happens regularly. Why?

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10 Ways to Improve Your Connection Skills

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June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
in
Leadership

Everyone in your organization needs to develop connection skills, especially leaders. Here are 10 ways to improve your connection skills at work.

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Renewing and Nourishing Work Relationships

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June 8, 2017
by
Mary Jo Asmus
in
Leadership

Have you thought about the work relationships you need to renew and nourish? Mary Jo Asmus provides advice on how to strengthen your critical connections.

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LeBron James vs. Stephen Curry: NBA’s David-Goliath Showdown

Posted
June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
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Leadership

The results of the 2015 NBA Finals may be determined by which team has the highest level of connection and teamwork, writes Michael Lee Stallard.

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Leadership “Moment of Truth” for FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi

Posted
June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
in
Leadership

Will Lionel Messi rise to the occasion and make the transition from great player to great leader, following in the footsteps of Carles Puyol?

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Great Bosses Make Every Encounter Count

Posted
June 13, 2017
by
Wally Bock
in
Leadership

Great bosses use every opportunity to build relationships and to connect with those they lead, writes Wally Bock.

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5 Ways That Bosses Drive Away Employees

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June 20, 2017
by
Anita Bruzzese
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Leadership

More than half of employees leave their jobs to get away from bad bosses. Are you guilty of one of these five "bad boss" behaviors?

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10 Leadership Lessons from Florence Nightingale

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June 19, 2017
by
Joe Tye
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Leadership

Florence Nightingale's accomplishments offer important leadership lessons for those in healthcare administration today.

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3 Surprising Ways to Succeed in Self-Leadership

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June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
in
Leadership

It’s ironic that successful self-leadership has more to do with others and less to do with self, writes Michael Lee Stallard.

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9 Overlooked Leadership Qualities

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June 13, 2017
by
Paul LaRue
in
Leadership

Beyond the well-known hard and soft skills of good leaders, what other leadership qualities are necessary to be a truly great leader?

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Four Things Managers Need to Stop and Start Doing

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June 8, 2017
by
Mary Jo Asmus
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Leadership

Based on her years of experience advising managers at all levels, Mary Jo Asmus recommends these four steps to becoming a better, more connected leader.

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What Made George Washington a Great Leader

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June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
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Leadership

George Washington, like all effective leaders, communicated an inspiring vision and lived it, valued people and gave them a voice.

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3 Ways to Tap Into the Power of Community

Posted
June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
in
Leadership

Smart leaders are developing a competitive advantage by creating a sense of connection and community among employees and customers.

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How Warren Buffett Attracts and Retains Top Talent

Posted
June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
in
Leadership

With so much attention on Warren Buffett's investment acumen, it’s easy to overlook another talent: motivating people. Here's how he does it.

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4 Teamwork Lessons from the Iditarod

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June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
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Leadership

The grueling Iditarod sled dog race is a tremendous test of teamwork. Here are four lessons on teamwork managers can learn from the famous race.

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Leadership Lessons from the U.S. Marines

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June 8, 2017
by
Mike Stallard
in
Leadership

Great leadership encompasses both task and relationship excellence, as is wonderfully illustrated by the United States Marine Corps.

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