Ideas & Advice

Are We Using Our Leadership Gifts?

  by John Keyser “A rising tide lifts all boats.” ~John F. Kennedy Last week, I heard a sermon at church that resonated within me. In the Gospel, Jesus said to his disciples, “You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world.” The message was...
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Leadership Is Our Service to Others

  by John Keyser “Allow the way to your great work to be guided by your service to others.” – Mollie Marti Last week, I had the privilege and honor of attending the Georgetown McDonough School of Business graduation for Taylor Johnson. In addition to her academic achievements, Taylor stands out...
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Additional Thoughts About the Importance of Internal Relationships

  by John Keyser “…A leader is someone willing to give his strength to others that they may have the strength to stand on their own.” Beth Revis Last week, someone mentioned that she had just come from a soup kitchen that gives away free meals. The woman shared, “The food...
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Our Internal Relationships Matter, Greatly!

  by John Keyser “Good leadership is how we help people feel about themselves.” Cathy Becker The goal of helping others become “their best selves” has been mentioned in several recent conversations, stories and programs. This principle is fundamental to highly effective leadership and prompts me to write this paper....
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Restoring Corporate Trust – Why We Must Try

  by John Keyser When I previously wrote about earning trust with co-workers, a friend, a true leader in the public policy field, called to suggest that a closely related and equally important subject is restoring corporate trust. I immediately went to sit on my front porch and think about...
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Kindness in Leadership

  by John Keyser “Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” –  Bob Kerrey  Strong leadership and kindness are not mutually exclusive. In fact, they fit together effectively. The most successful leaders treat their team members with kindness. They realize that kindness...
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Being Present

  by John Keyser Highly effective and adaptive leaders are present and aware. They value emotional intelligence, they practice the skill of listening, and they commit to being in tune with their feelings and those of others. They hear what people say—and what they do not say—and they listen for...
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It Is Okay to Cry at Work

  by John Keyser I just read an insightful article by Dr. Deanna Minich that validates an issue I have felt strongly about for years: it is okay to cry at work. I have always believed that if someone breaks down under stress and cries, so what? He or she...
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The Keen Importance of Our Internal Relationships

  by John Keyser In last week’s note, I encouraged us to prioritize in 2015 connecting—truly connecting—with our team members and all co-workers. I received appreciative feedback from a number of readers that yes, this is an important goal, and we must determine how to allocate our time to do...
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Resolution for 2015

  by John Keyser May I offer a suggestion for our New Year’s resolution? Let’s we connect with our people! By “connect with our people,” I mean let’s: Think of our co-workers as teammates Ask our teammates for their input, ideas, advice and feedback Ask our teammates how we can...
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