It Doesn’t Pay To Be Stingy With Praise by Sue Caba

Do you praise your employees five times more often than you criticize them? If not, you’re missing one of the most cost-effective techniques for building employee engagement, increasing profits, improving safety records and lowering absenteeism. Praise, after all, is free. Employees who don’t get enough praise or feel their boss doesn’t listen are 30 percent more likely than other workers to suffer a heart attack and three times more likely to look for another job within a year, according to research by Harvard, Gallup and The Aberdeen … [Read more...]

Burn-the-Box: Julie Jakopic

Fearless Females Forum is a monthly showcase for inspiring women who found the courage to meet their calling, solve a problem, or take a road less travelled. Burn-the-Box Julie Jakopic, Founder of iLead Strategies, couldn't decide which box to fit into as a kid. An actor, a swimmer, and president of the world affairs club in high school, she felt welcome by peers in all three 'boxes,' yet always a little bit outside them too. She sensed that sticking to one box wasn't where she belonged—but how to play across boxes in our check-box … [Read more...]

The Best of 2014 from Jone Bosworth

by Susan Caba What do Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and The Walking Dead have in common? What’s the connection between a hug and a personal manifesto? Which is better, striving for power or learning to relax and let go? Oh, the questions we ask! And where do we turn for answers? To Jone Bosworth, of course. I’ve been reading inCourageLeading.com closely for more than a year now, and I’m consistently impressed with Jone’s knack for pulling leadership insights from unlikely sources—the Rolling Stones, Mister Rogers—and, more than that, for … [Read more...]

Dear Smartest Person in the Room

I remember the first time I heard the quote, “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” Wow, I thought, I have felt like that, that really resonates. Have you ever felt that way too? If yes, perhaps you and I can get together, we have so much in common. Maybe we should only interact at our Mensa meetings? Let's hunt for new rooms together. Because truly, we’re so darned smart… Stop, giggle, reflection time seriously required. When I get that “smartest person” attack, it usually means I’m not fully tuned in: I’m … [Read more...]

“DAMN! I am the expert. And it feels great.” by Susan Caba

The notice on my freelance writing site said an agent was looking for a business expert to write a book on leadership. I had recently ghosted a business book (Break Points: Where Businesses Get Stuck) and I needed a new assignment. I decided to look over my publications and see if I could muster enough evidence to convince someone that I was a business writer. I’ve been interested in leadership and management for thirty-some years, in a casual way. Some of my newspaper friends were editors and we would often dissect their business knots. I … [Read more...]

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