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Why Now is the Right Time for Self-Promotion — Let's start with a quick quiz: True or False — "If your work speaks for itself you shouldn't have to.".
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Reflection for Resilience — Resiliency is about handling stress, uncertainty and setbacks well — in other words, maintaining equilibrium under pressure. And in our modern lives, whether we are at school, at work, or at home, there is no shortage of pressure. Maintaining our equilibrium is something, it seems, we all need these days.
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Do They Even Notice You've Changed? — If you are an ambitious, self-aware, dedicated manager, you are probably making efforts to improve your leadership ability. Maybe you have identified areas for improvement and learning and are putting new skills and behaviors into practice.
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Podcast Topics

CEO Development/Derailment

Lessons Learned from Executive Churn — Learn 6 key factors that impact executive churn.

Change Management/Resiliency

Be Ready: Senior Execs Weigh in on Five Trends — Understand these five trends, and you might become ready to adapt to them quicker than most of your peers.

Becoming Resilient: Leadership, Uncertainty, and Learning to Thrive in Times of Change — Discover the five areas you can develop to increase your resiliency.

Leading in Times of Transition — Do you feel that your organization is awash in change? Do you have a hard time keeping up with the shifting demands you face as a leader? You're not alone. Unrelenting change is becoming the norm. Leaders have no choice but to adapt and to help others to adapt.

Reflection for Resilience — Resiliency is about handling stress, uncertainty and setbacks well — in other words, maintaining equilibrium under pressure. And in our modern lives, whether we are at school, at work, or at home, there is no shortage of pressure. Maintaining our equilibrium is something, it seems, we all need these days.

Coaching

A Coach's Dilemma: Resistance to Feedback — Increase the impact of your feedback by learning techniques to customize it.

Coaching Teams - Learn techniques on how to become an effective team coach.

Coaching for Results — Coaching is increasingly popular, but when your time and reputation are on the line, you need to know its true value. Coaching comes in many formats and can address many different issues; the key is to be clear on desired outcomes and work with a coach in a way that emphasizes action and results.

The Coaching Relationship — A good coaching outcome requires a good coaching relationship. Asking the right questions in the beginning sets the tone for a strong coaching partnership. In addition, you should also consider the expectations of your boss or organization. Whether you choose your own coach or are assigned one, you want to be sure that the coach has experience and skills that will help you face your goals and challenges.

The Confident Coach: Facing Your Challenges — Strategies on how to distinguish the coaching role from the managerial role and how to cultivate a trusting, open relationship with the coachee.

The Dynamics of Team Coaching — Team coaching involves a single coach - either a skilled outsider or team leader - working with a group of managers or executives. This type of coaching gives members of the group the opportunity to stretch beyond their current abilities. And by partnering with the team in the context of its everyday work challenges, the coach can introduce new ideas and see opportunities to improve team performance.

Getting on Board: Creating a Coaching Culture — The "three C's" an organization can implement to support the coaching efforts of leaders.

Improve Your Political Skill — Political skill must be practiced and honed in order to reap its benefits. Here are eight strategies to improve your political skill.

The Six Principles of Leadership Coaching — Discover the six core principles for coaching someone from an office or cubicle near you.

Communication

Be Ready: Senior Execs Weigh in on Five Trends — Understand these five trends, and you might become ready to adapt to them quicker than most of your peers.

Beyond Words: Communicate with Actions and Attitude — Does your communication style rely solely on what you say? Learn how to use actions and attitudes to communicate more effectively.

The Big 6: An Active Listening Skill Set — Apply these six skills required for active listening and you will not only be known as a good listener - you will become a better leader as well.

Building an Authentic Leadership Image — Developing your leadership image doesn't need to be a complicated process. Often, gaining the awareness of your current image and its limits goes a long way. Start by getting a good, truthful picture of how you're perceived by others.

Calming Conflict — Do you know the 7 constructive behaviors that will allow you to manage conflict and improve a situation?

Causing Stress: Demands on Leaders — Do you know the issues or people that cause the most stress for leaders at work? The results from our study might surprise you.

Coaching for Results — Coaching is increasingly popular, but when your time and reputation are on the line, you need to know its true value. Coaching comes in many formats and can address many different issues; the key is to be clear on desired outcomes and work with a coach in a way that emphasizes action and results.

The Coaching Relationship — A good coaching outcome requires a good coaching relationship. Asking the right questions in the beginning sets the tone for a strong coaching partnership. In addition, you should also consider the expectations of your boss or organization. Whether you choose your own coach or are assigned one, you want to be sure that the coach has experience and skills that will help you face your goals and challenges.

Communicating the Vision — Discover what vision is, why it is important and learn nine tips that will help you communicate your organization's vision.

Conflict Competency: What Does It Take? — Leaders must do 4 things to be a conflict competent leader. Do you know what they are?

The Cost of Conflict Incompetence — When conflict is mismanaged, costs mount. Learn 7 factors to identify the cost of conflict in your organization.

Crafting Your Leadership Image — Don't let a poor image limit your leadership potential. Here are 6 tips you can use to hone your image.

Global Leaders: The Reality of Multiple Complexities — Listen to six challenges that leaders face when working in a global environment.

Desperately Seeking Innovation — Today's companies want employees with critical and creative thinking skills, a willingness to adapt, and the capacity to innovate. But the reality is that much of daily work life is routine and geared toward clearing to-do lists. There often isn't time or flexibility for much creativity. However, by applying a few simple strategies, you may find that you're able to get your people excited and more innovative in the workplace.

The Dynamics of Team Coaching — Team coaching involves a single coach - either a skilled outsider or team leader - working with a group of managers or executives. This type of coaching gives members of the group the opportunity to stretch beyond their current abilities. And by partnering with the team in the context of its everyday work challenges, the coach can introduce new ideas and see opportunities to improve team performance.

Image Busters: Eight Common Mistakes — There is no shortage of ways to bust your leadership image, so you will want to understand and avoid these common mistakes that many executives make.

Improve Your Political Skill — Political skill must be practiced and honed in order to reap its benefits. Here are eight strategies to improve your political skill.

Getting Noticed - in a Good Way — Do you dread the notion of touting your own accomplishments? Do you think self-promotion smacks of showing off? If so, you may be a manager who is missing out on the upside of visibility. Self-promotion is increasingly important for career success, but it also offers benefits to your group and the organization. Self-promotion allows you to create opportunities for your direct reports, to keep your boss informed and to foster pride in the work of your group.

Is Anyone Listening? — Have you ever been in a meeting or a discussion and wondered if the other person was really listening? Many people take their listening skills for granted. We often assume we're listening and that others know they are being heard. But the reality is that we as leaders struggle with tasks and roles that directly relate to listening. Even with the best intentions, you may be sending signals that you aren't listening at all.

Leadership Image: Asset or Liability — Leadership image encompasses many things: personality, behavior, body language and speaking style, as well as formal status and physical appearance. And because your effectiveness as a leader is tied to your image, it can be either an asset or a liability as you engage in the roles of leadership.

Leading from a Distance — Learn five strategies that will enable leaders and organizations to build and support geographically dispersed teams.

Lessons Learned from Executive Churn — Learn 6 key factors that impact executive churn.

Listening and Leadership — Do you think you are a good listener? Learn the five signs of a poor listener.

Politics of Self Promotion: Using Visibility to Benefit You, Your Team and Your Organization — Learn five limiting beliefs and simple ways to turn them around to appropriately promote yourself.

The Myth of Elegant Reasoning — The best strategies aren't handed down from above by one person. They're developed, discovered and enhanced by a team approach.

Myths of Effective Decision Making — The traits that make a leader confident are the same ones that might cause him to abandon a team approach to decision making. Learn six steps for improving your approach to decision making.

Myths of Effective Leadership — As executives advance, they sometimes begin to blur the lines between leadership, power and influence. CCL offers three suggestions for gauging your own leadership effectiveness.

Relationship Skills Can Be Learned — Surveys of executives from around the world show that relationship skills are in great demand, and so is the need to improve those skills and put them to use in a changing corporate culture. While they were once considered "soft" skills that some executives simply possessed naturally, relationship skills are something that can, indeed, be learned.

Relationship Skills in Demand — A company and its managers rise or fall based on the ability to develop solid relationships. Indeed, a recent study by CCL found that relationship and people skills, and not merely job performance, are what separates a successful executive from the rest.

Six Aspects of Political Skill — Do you know the six behaviors that politically skilled managers possess?

Six Ways to Strengthen Your Network — An emerging trend on corporate leadership centers on building relationships, and much of that emphasis stems form the fact that the world's global economy demands an adaptive leadership corps. Without a solid network of support and knowledge, executives can't build those relationships and help their companies succeed.

Conflict Management

6 Ways to Make Conflict Productive — Here are 6 ways to produce positive outcomes from conflict.

Calming Conflict — Do you know the 7 constructive behaviors that will allow you to manage conflict and improve a situation?

Causing Stress: Demands on Leaders — Do you know the issues or people that cause the most stress for leaders at work? The results from our study might surprise you.

Conflict Competency: What Does It Take? — Leaders must do 4 things to be a conflict competent leader. Do you know what they are?

The Cost of Conflict Incompetence — When conflict is mismanaged, costs mount. Learn 7 factors to identify the cost of conflict in your organization.

Generational Conflict: A Matter of Clout — Discover how the battle for clout is usually the cause for office conflict.

Creativity & Innovation

Be Ready: Senior Execs Weigh in on Five Trends — Understand these five trends, and you might become ready to adapt to them quicker than most of your peers.

Bob Rosenfeld: Making the Invisible Visible — Learn to recognize barriers to innovation.

Creating an Environment for Innovation — Use these three principles to figure out where innovation is headed in your organization.

Desperately Seeking Innovation — Today's companies want employees with critical and creative thinking skills, a willingness to adapt, and the capacity to innovate. But the reality is that much of daily work life is routine and geared toward clearing to-do lists. There often isn't time or flexibility for much creativity. However, by applying a few simple strategies, you may find that you're able to get your people excited and more innovative in the workplace.

Needed: A New Way to See - Explore five approaches for increasing the level of innovation in your organization.

The Essence of Innovation: 5 Principles — Focus on these 5 principles to give life to the process of innovation in your organization.

Crisis Leadership

Build Culture, Build Capacity — How does an organization prepare people to do what it takes during a crisis? What is it that allows people to do extraordinary, unexpected things that are outside of their experience in training? Learn several techniques for handling crisis situations more effectively.Read the Transcript

General Honoré: Leading the Response to Katrina — Learn an insider's view of the Hurricane Katrina crisis and the factors that contributed to its complexity.

When Plans Fail, Improvise — Crises force people to think and behave in ways that may have been unfamiliar to them prior to a disaster. Whether it's at work or in the community, a crisis demands that people take an emergency-response plan and adapt it as new evidence and factors present themselves.

Who's in Charge? Balancing Formal and Informal Leadership — There is no ownership in effective crisis leadership. Sure, there might be formal structures in place, but when emergencies strike, leaders step up from many places and take on many roles. In essence, an effective crisis response takes into account the need for balancing formal organizations, as well as those informal networks that bubble up when disaster hits.

Emotional Intelligence

Build Culture, Build Capacity — How does an organization prepare people to do what it takes during a crisis? What is it that allows people to do extraordinary, unexpected things that are outside of their experience in training? Learn several techniques for handling crisis situations more effectively.Read the Transcript

Building an Authentic Leadership Image — Developing your leadership image doesn't need to be a complicated process. Often, gaining the awareness of your current image and its limits goes a long way. Start by getting a good, truthful picture of how you're perceived by others.

Everyday Leaders - Can You Relate? — Explore the traits that enable effective leaders to build and sustain relationships.

Image Busters: Eight Common Mistakes — There is no shortage of ways to bust your leadership image, so you will want to understand and avoid these common mistakes that many executives make.

Is Anyone Listening? — Have you ever been in a meeting or a discussion and wondered if the other person was really listening? Many people take their listening skills for granted. We often assume we're listening and that others know they are being heard. But the reality is that we as leaders struggle with tasks and roles that directly relate to listening. Even with the best intentions, you may be sending signals that you aren't listening at all.

Leadership Image: Asset or Liability — Leadership image encompasses many things: personality, behavior, body language and speaking style, as well as formal status and physical appearance. And because your effectiveness as a leader is tied to your image, it can be either an asset or a liability as you engage in the roles of leadership.

Relationship Skills Can Be Learned — Surveys of executives from around the world show that relationship skills are in great demand, and so is the need to improve those skills and put them to use in a changing corporate culture. While they were once considered "soft" skills that some executives simply possessed naturally, relationship skills are something that can, indeed, be learned.

Relationship Skills in Demand — A company and its managers rise or fall based on the ability to develop solid relationships. Indeed, a recent study by CCL found that relationship and people skills, and not merely job performance, are what separates a successful executive from the rest.

Six Ways to Strengthen Your Network — An emerging trend on corporate leadership centers on building relationships, and much of that emphasis stems form the fact that the world's global economy demands an adaptive leadership corps. Without a solid network of support and knowledge, executives can't build those relationships and help their companies succeed.

When Plans Fail, Improvise — Crises force people to think and behave in ways that may have been unfamiliar to them prior to a disaster. Whether it's at work or in the community, a crisis demands that people take an emergency-response plan and adapt it as new evidence and factors present themselves.

Who's in Charge? Balancing Formal and Informal Leadership — There is no ownership in effective crisis leadership. Sure, there might be formal structures in place, but when emergencies strike, leaders step up from many places and take on many roles. In essence, an effective crisis response takes into account the need for balancing formal organizations, as well as those informal networks that bubble up when disaster hits.

Ethics/Character & Leadership

Building Character: Strengthening the Heart of Good Leadership — Based on his book, Gene Klann explores three ways that you can make a significant difference in your organization by demonstrating and developing leadership character.

Choices, Consequences and Dilemmas — Leaders of character must take full responsibility and accountability for their choices. Learn some character-based questions you can ask to help clarify and sort out difficult decisions.

Leadership Character: Five Influential Attributes — Here are five key attributes that will help you understand, practice and internalize the behaviors that build character.

Lessons Learned from Executive Churn — Learn 6 key factors that impact executive churn.

Meet Gene Klann — Listen to Klann's suggestions for developing and encouraging strong character in others and ourselves.

Evaluating Leadership Development Initiatives

Evaluation Basics — Are you informed on what your development initiative is designed to do and how its effectiveness will be determined? Here are three questions to help guide the evaluation process.

Evaluation Mindset: A Quality of Good Leadership — Here are four processes that will help in developing an evaluation mindset.

Talk About It: Ways to Strengthen Leadership Development Evaluation — It's important that everyone engage in the conversation of evaluation. To get that discussion started, here are some questions intended to strengthen leadership development evaluation efforts in your organization.

The Value of Evaluation — Is evaluating the leadership development process valuable? Listen to four ways in which evaluation benefits leaders, organizations and communities.

Feedback

A Coach's Dilemma: Resistance to Feedback — Increase the impact of your feedback by learning techniques to customize it.

Do They Even Notice You've Changed? — If you are an ambitious, self-aware, dedicated manager, you are probably making efforts to improve your leadership ability. Maybe you have identified areas for improvement and learning and are putting new skills and behaviors into practice.

Improve Your Political Skill — Political skill must be practiced and honed in order to reap its benefits. Here are eight strategies to improve your political skill.

Generational Differences in Workplace/"Emerging Leaders"

10 Principles for Working Across Generations — Using these 10 principles will help you look past the stereotypes and become a more effective leader to people of all ages.

Generational Conflict: A Matter of Clout — Discover how the battle for clout is usually the cause for office conflict.

Leadership and the Generation Gap — Do different generations expect different things from their leaders? The results from CCL's research might surprise you.

Life Beyond Work: Retaining All Generations — Learn four key guidelines that organizations and leaders can follow to help all generations navigate their need for work-life balance.

Say Goodbye to the Generation Gap — Learn what CCL's research reveals regarding the values from five generational groups.

Global Leadership

A Balancing Act: Local vs. Global — Here are three strategies corporate and regional leaders can utilize when attempting to be globally consistent while taking into account local differentiation.

Global Leaders: The Reality of Multiple Complexities — Listen to six challenges that leaders face when working in a global environment.

Leading from a Distance — Learn five strategies that will enable leaders and organizations to build and support geographically dispersed teams.

Health & Leadership

A Leader's Best Bet: Exercise — Since regular exercise and effective leadership go hand-in-hand, discover 6 simple ways to make exercise a way of life.

Leadership and Health: Seven Tips for Success - Long hours. Travel. Pressure. Are the demands of being a leader taking a toll on your health?

Terrie Williams: Telling the Truth - Discover three ways that leaders can begin to look at mental health issues in the workplace with greater clarity and compassion.

Stress Busters: Tips for Dealing with the Stress of Leadership — Learn 8 ways to manage stress effectively and efficiently.

Influencing

Build Culture, Build Capacity — How does an organization prepare people to do what it takes during a crisis? What is it that allows people to do extraordinary, unexpected things that are outside of their experience in training? Learn several techniques for handling crisis situations more effectively.Read the Transcript

Building an Authentic Leadership Image — Developing your leadership image doesn't need to be a complicated process. Often, gaining the awareness of your current image and its limits goes a long way. Start by getting a good, truthful picture of how you're perceived by others.

Coaching for Results — Coaching is increasingly popular, but when your time and reputation are on the line, you need to know its true value. Coaching comes in many formats and can address many different issues; the key is to be clear on desired outcomes and work with a coach in a way that emphasizes action and results.

The Coaching Relationship — A good coaching outcome requires a good coaching relationship. Asking the right questions in the beginning sets the tone for a strong coaching partnership. In addition, you should also consider the expectations of your boss or organization. Whether you choose your own coach or are assigned one, you want to be sure that the coach has experience and skills that will help you face your goals and challenges.

Desperately Seeking Innovation — Today's companies want employees with critical and creative thinking skills, a willingness to adapt, and the capacity to innovate. But the reality is that much of daily work life is routine and geared toward clearing to-do lists. There often isn't time or flexibility for much creativity. However, by applying a few simple strategies, you may find that you're able to get your people excited and more innovative in the workplace.

The Dynamics of Team Coaching — Team coaching involves a single coach - either a skilled outsider or team leader - working with a group of managers or executives. This type of coaching gives members of the group the opportunity to stretch beyond their current abilities. And by partnering with the team in the context of its everyday work challenges, the coach can introduce new ideas and see opportunities to improve team performance.

Image Busters: Eight Common Mistakes — There is no shortage of ways to bust your leadership image, so you will want to understand and avoid these common mistakes that many executives make.

Improve Your Political Skill — Political skill must be practiced and honed in order to reap its benefits. Here are eight strategies to improve your political skill.

Getting Noticed - in a Good Way — Do you dread the notion of touting your own accomplishments? Do you think self-promotion smacks of showing off? If so, you may be a manager who is missing out on the upside of visibility. Self-promotion is increasingly important for career success, but it also offers benefits to your group and the organization. Self-promotion allows you to create opportunities for your direct reports, to keep your boss informed and to foster pride in the work of your group.

Leadership Image: Asset or Liability — Leadership image encompasses many things: personality, behavior, body language and speaking style, as well as formal status and physical appearance. And because your effectiveness as a leader is tied to your image, it can be either an asset or a liability as you engage in the roles of leadership.

The Myth of Elegant Reasoning — The best strategies aren't handed down from above by one person. They're developed, discovered and enhanced by a team approach.

Myths of Effective Decision Making — The traits that make a leader confident are the same ones that might cause him to abandon a team approach to decision making. Learn six steps for improving your approach to decision making.

Myths of Effective Leadership — As executives advance, they sometimes begin to blur the lines between leadership, power and influence. CCL offers three suggestions for gauging your own leadership effectiveness.

Politics of Self Promotion: Using Visibility to Benefit You, Your Team and Your Organization — Learn five limiting beliefs and simple ways to turn them around to appropriately promote yourself.

Relationship Skills Can Be Learned — Surveys of executives from around the world show that relationship skills are in great demand, and so is the need to improve those skills and put them to use in a changing corporate culture. While they were once considered "soft" skills that some executives simply possessed naturally, relationship skills are something that can, indeed, be learned.

Relationship Skills in Demand — A company and its managers rise or fall based on the ability to develop solid relationships. Indeed, a recent study by CCL found that relationship and people skills, and not merely job performance, are what separates a successful executive from the rest.

Six Aspects of Political Skill — Do you know the six behaviors that politically skilled managers possess?

Six Ways to Strengthen Your Network — An emerging trend on corporate leadership centers on building relationships, and much of that emphasis stems form the fact that the world's global economy demands an adaptive leadership corps. Without a solid network of support and knowledge, executives can't build those relationships and help their companies succeed.

When Plans Fail, Improvise — Crises force people to think and behave in ways that may have been unfamiliar to them prior to a disaster. Whether it's at work or in the community, a crisis demands that people take an emergency-response plan and adapt it as new evidence and factors present themselves.

Who's in Charge? Balancing Formal and Informal Leadership — There is no ownership in effective crisis leadership. Sure, there might be formal structures in place, but when emergencies strike, leaders step up from many places and take on many roles. In essence, an effective crisis response takes into account the need for balancing formal organizations, as well as those informal networks that bubble up when disaster hits.

Leadership Development Practices

10 Principles for Working Across Generations — Using these 10 principles will help you look past the stereotypes and become a more effective leader to people of all ages.

A Balancing Act: Local vs. Global — Here are three strategies corporate and regional leaders can utilize when attempting to be globally consistent while taking into account local differentiation.

Build Culture, Build Capacity — How does an organization prepare people to do what it takes during a crisis? What is it that allows people to do extraordinary, unexpected things that are outside of their experience in training? Learn several techniques for handling crisis situations more effectively.Read the Transcript

Building Character: Strengthening the Heart of Good Leadership — Based on his book, Gene Klann explores three ways that you can make a significant difference in your organization by demonstrating and developing leadership character.

Beware of Your Strengths — A popular notion has taken hold in many management-development circles: Managers need focus only on their strengths rather than develop weak spots. But such thinking needs to be tempered with a healthy dose of reality, says the Center for Creative Leadership.

The Big 6: An Active Listening Skill Set — Apply these six skills required for active listening and you will not only be known as a good listener - you will become a better leader as well.

Calming Conflict — Do you know the 7 constructive behaviors that will allow you to manage conflict and improve a situation?

Conflict Competency: What Does It Take? — Leaders must do 4 things to be a conflict competent leader. Do you know what they are?

The Cost of Conflict Incompetence — When conflict is mismanaged, costs mount. Learn 7 factors to identify the cost of conflict in your organization.

Do They Even Notice You've Changed? — If you are an ambitious, self-aware, dedicated manager, you are probably making efforts to improve your leadership ability. Maybe you have identified areas for improvement and learning and are putting new skills and behaviors into practice.

Everyday Leaders - Can You Relate? — Explore the traits that enable effective leaders to build and sustain relationships.

Everyday Leaders, Everyday Leadership — Discover the three tasks that all leaders, in connection with others, need to accomplish.

Five Key Themes for High-Achieving Women Leaders — What does it mean to be a successful? For today's high-achieving women, success is more than breaking barriers and achieving their professional goals. Success is about how they get there, too.

Getting Noticed - in a Good Way — Do you dread the notion of touting your own accomplishments? Do you think self-promotion smacks of showing off? If so, you may be a manager who is missing out on the upside of visibility. Self-promotion is increasingly important for career success, but it also offers benefits to your group and the organization. Self-promotion allows you to create opportunities for your direct reports, to keep your boss informed and to foster pride in the work of your group.

Global Leaders: The Reality of Multiple Complexities — Listen to six challenges that leaders face when working in a global environment.

How to Grow as a Leader — Developmental assignments give leaders the opportunity to ignite their "growing edge," where deeper knowledge is discovered and new capabilities are honed.

Improve Your Political Skill — Political skill must be practiced and honed in order to reap its benefits. Here are eight strategies to improve your political skill.

A Leader's Best Bet: Exercise — Since regular exercise and effective leadership go hand-in-hand, discover 6 simple ways to make exercise a way of life.

Leading from a Distance — Learn five strategies that will enable leaders and organizations to build and support geographically dispersed teams.

Meet Gene Klann — Listen to Klann's suggestions for developing and encouraging strong character in others and ourselves.

The Myth of Elegant Reasoning — The best strategies aren't handed down from above by one person. They're developed, discovered and enhanced by a team approach.

Myths of Effective Decision Making — The traits that make a leader confident are the same ones that might cause him to abandon a team approach to decision making. Learn six steps for improving your approach to decision making.

Myths of Effective Leadership — As executives advance, they sometimes begin to blur the lines between leadership, power and influence. CCL offers three suggestions for gauging your own leadership effectiveness.

Nancy Coffee: Transforming Memphis Through Leadership — The success of the Leadership Academy in Memphis, TN, offers four ideas for creating and reenergizing leadership initiatives in your community.

Politics of Self Promotion: Using Visibility to Benefit You, Your Team and Your Organization — Learn five limiting beliefs and simple ways to turn them around to appropriately promote yourself.

Reflection for Resilience — Resiliency is about handling stress, uncertainty and setbacks well — in other words, maintaining equilibrium under pressure. And in our modern lives, whether we are at school, at work, or at home, there is no shortage of pressure. Maintaining our equilibrium is something, it seems, we all need these days.

Six Aspects of Political Skill — Do you know the six behaviors that politically skilled managers possess?

Stress Busters: Tips for Dealing with the Stress of Leadership — Learn 8 ways to manage stress effectively and efficiently.

When Plans Fail, Improvise — Crises force people to think and behave in ways that may have been unfamiliar to them prior to a disaster. Whether it's at work or in the community, a crisis demands that people take an emergency-response plan and adapt it as new evidence and factors present themselves.

Who's in Charge? Balancing Formal and Informal Leadership — There is no ownership in effective crisis leadership. Sure, there might be formal structures in place, but when emergencies strike, leaders step up from many places and take on many roles. In essence, an effective crisis response takes into account the need for balancing formal organizations, as well as those informal networks that bubble up when disaster hits.

Why Now is the Right Time for Self-Promotion — Let's start with a quick quiz: True or False — "If your work speaks for itself you shouldn't have to.".

Women in Leadership: Navigating the Narrow Band and Balance Beam — Women are achieving professional successes that were possible only for men just a short time ago. The challenges women face in the process of earning their success are very real. Throughout their careers, women must navigate complex and often discontinuous paths toward leadership.

Leadership Development Trends

Causing Stress: Demands on Leaders — Do you know the issues or people that cause the most stress for leaders at work? The results from our study might surprise you.

Complex Challenges and The New Leadership — Is the nature of effective leadership changing?

Everyday Leaders, Everyday Challenge — Learn the results of a study about the challenges faced by educators, public sector employees, small-business owners and other everyday leaders.

The State of Teams: A CCL Research Report — Learn the results of a research survey on the challenges and needs of teams in today's organizations.

Leadership Development Tools

The Big 6: An Active Listening Skill Set — Apply these six skills required for active listening and you will not only be known as a good listener - you will become a better leader as well.

Building Character: Strengthening the Heart of Good Leadership — Based on his book, Gene Klann explores three ways that you can make a significant difference in your organization by demonstrating and developing leadership character.

Evaluation Basics — Are you informed on what your development initiative is designed to do and how its effectiveness will be determined? Here are three questions to help guide the evaluation process.

Evaluation Mindset: A Quality of Good Leadership — Here are four processes that will help in developing an evaluation mindset.

Everyday Leaders, Everyday Leadership — Discover the three tasks that all leaders, in connection with others, need to accomplish.

General Honoré: Leaders Needed — Here are 6 practical tips for effective leadership from one of America's most celebrated leaders.

How to Grow as a Leader — Developmental assignments give leaders the opportunity to ignite their "growing edge," where deeper knowledge is discovered and new capabilities are honed.

Improve Your Political Skill — Political skill must be practiced and honed in order to reap its benefits. Here are eight strategies to improve your political skill.

Meet Gene Klann — Listen to Klann's suggestions for developing and encouraging strong character in others and ourselves.

Nancy Coffee: Transforming Memphis Through Leadership — The success of the Leadership Academy in Memphis, TN, offers four ideas for creating and reenergizing leadership initiatives in your community.

Politics of Self Promotion: Using Visibility to Benefit You, Your Team and Your Organization — Learn five limiting beliefs and simple ways to turn them around to appropriately promote yourself.

Six Aspects of Political Skill — Do you know the six behaviors that politically skilled managers possess?

Talk About It: Ways to Strengthen Leadership Development Evaluation — It's important that everyone engage in the conversation of evaluation. To get that discussion started, here are some questions intended to strengthen leadership development evaluation efforts in your organization.

The Value of Evaluation — Is evaluating the leadership development process valuable? Listen to four ways in which evaluation benefits leaders, organizations and communities.

Why Now is the Right Time for Self-Promotion — Let's start with a quick quiz: True or False — "If your work speaks for itself you shouldn't have to.".

Morale Building

Beyond Words: Communicate with Actions and Attitude — Does your communication style rely solely on what you say? Learn how to use actions and attitudes to communicate more effectively.

The Big 6: An Active Listening Skill Set — Apply these six skills required for active listening and you will not only be known as a good listener - you will become a better leader as well.

Communicating the Vision — Discover what vision is, why it is important and learn nine tips that will help you communicate your organization's vision.

Is Anyone Listening? — Have you ever been in a meeting or a discussion and wondered if the other person was really listening? Many people take their listening skills for granted. We often assume we're listening and that others know they are being heard. But the reality is that we as leaders struggle with tasks and roles that directly relate to listening. Even with the best intentions, you may be sending signals that you aren't listening at all.

Listening and Leadership — Do you think you are a good listener? Learn the five signs of a poor listener.

Strategic Leadership

Becoming a Strategic Leader - Have you been told you need to be "more strategic" in your current job? Is your organization faltering when it comes to connecting its vision and mission with the daily demands of the work? Do you struggle to balance short-term and long-term pressures?

Lessons Learned from Executive Churn — Learn 6 key factors that impact executive churn.

Team Building

Be Ready: Senior Execs Weigh in on Five Trends — Understand these five trends, and you might become ready to adapt to them quicker than most of your peers.

Coaching Teams - Learn techniques on how to become an effective team coach.

Crafting Your Leadership Image — Don't let a poor image limit your leadership potential. Here are 6 tips you can use to hone your image.

The Dynamics of Team Coaching — Team coaching involves a single coach - either a skilled outsider or team leader - working with a group of managers or executives. This type of coaching gives members of the group the opportunity to stretch beyond their current abilities. And by partnering with the team in the context of its everyday work challenges, the coach can introduce new ideas and see opportunities to improve team performance.

Interdependence: Defining Today's Teams - Discover the three basic ways people work together and the questions to consider before forming a team.

Is Anyone Listening? — Have you ever been in a meeting or a discussion and wondered if the other person was really listening? Many people take their listening skills for granted. We often assume we're listening and that others know they are being heard. But the reality is that we as leaders struggle with tasks and roles that directly relate to listening. Even with the best intentions, you may be sending signals that you aren't listening at all.

Leading from a Distance — Learn five strategies that will enable leaders and organizations to build and support geographically dispersed teams.

Positive PR: Building Team Support in Your Organization — Explore the three areas that need to be covered to help you and your team improve your collaboration and relationship building skills.

The State of Teams: A CCL Research Report — Learn the results of a research survey on the challenges and needs of teams in today's organizations.

Women & Leadership

Five Key Themes for High-Achieving Women Leaders — What does it mean to be a successful? For today's high-achieving women, success is more than breaking barriers and achieving their professional goals. Success is about how they get there, too.

Terrie Williams: Telling the Truth — Discover three ways that leaders can begin to look at mental health issues in the workplace with greater clarity and compassion.

Women in Leadership: Navigating the Narrow Band and Balance Beam — Women are achieving professional successes that were possible only for men just a short time ago. The challenges women face in the process of earning their success are very real. Throughout their careers, women must navigate complex and often discontinuous paths toward leadership.

Work/Life Balance

Are Balanced Leaders Better Performers? — Do you have to sacrifice life-balance for career success? Findings from CCL's work with leaders might surprise you.

Everyday Leaders - A New Balancing Act — For those who are pulled in several directions and feel overwhelmed, here are three tips to help you regain your equilibrium.

Five Key Themes for High-Achieving Women Leaders — What does it mean to be a successful? For today's high-achieving women, success is more than breaking barriers and achieving their professional goals. Success is about how they get there, too.

A Leader's Best Bet: Exercise — Since regular exercise and effective leadership go hand-in-hand, discover 6 simple ways to make exercise a way of life.

Leadership and Health: Seven Tips for Success — Long hours. Travel. Pressure. Are the demands of being a leader taking a toll on your health?

Life Beyond Work: Retaining All Generations — Learn four key guidelines that organizations and leaders can follow to help all generations navigate their need for work-life balance.

Shifting to Find Equilibrium — Do you feel that you lack the time or energy you need to be effective? Are you pulled in too many directions? Listen for ideas on re-defining what work-life balance means to you.

Stress Busters: Tips for Dealing with the Stress of Leadership — Learn 8 ways to manage stress effectively and efficiently.

Women in Leadership: Navigating the Narrow Band and Balance Beam — Women are achieving professional successes that were possible only for men just a short time ago. The challenges women face in the process of earning their success are very real. Throughout their careers, women must navigate complex and often discontinuous paths toward leadership.