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A blog by Steven Iwersen for Leaders and Achievers ~ insights, ideas, and thoughts on current issues.

Stalled Out? Create Some New Momentum!

There is nothing more frustrating than feeling stuck or lacking momentum on the journey to our preferred outcomes. But, we don’t have to accept those down times as a permanent condition.  We can...

Enthusiasm is a Skill

Choosing to be an enthusiastic person is not a simple task. In fact, it is one of the most challenging disciplines that you will embrace. The reason it is hard is that it is much easier to be...

Stalled Out? Create Some New Momentum!

There is nothing more frustrating than feeling stuck or lacking momentum on the journey to our preferred outcomes. But, we don’t have to accept those down times as a permanent condition.  We can generate forward motion in our lives, even when things aren’t going our...

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Enthusiasm is a Skill

Choosing to be an enthusiastic person is not a simple task. In fact, it is one of the most challenging disciplines that you will embrace. The reason it is hard is that it is much easier to be cranky, discouraged, and cynical.  Each day is filled with justifiable...

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Silence is not Golden

The Supervisor declared, “My team members are on a need to know basis.  I’ll tell them what they need to know when I want them to know it.” When change is in the air, the longer you keep people in the dark, the more their imagination will gravitate toward the worse...

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A Decisive Mindset

Predetermined:  A Decisive Mindset “He has his mind made up.” “She has set her mind on achieving that goal.” You’ve heard those expressions before. They’ve been spoken countless times throughout history. Even Benjamin Franklin is credited with saying “You can do...

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It is Better to Be Persuaded

Persuasive vs. Compelling I have a book about leadership that has been in my library since 1994. It is one of those books that is profoundly helpful and worth reading again. And again. I was looking for a different resource this last week, and that old familiar...

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My Guest Appearance on Raw & Unedited

Honored to be interviewed by Ed Rigsbee, CAE, CSP for his show "Raw & Unedited" - a program for Association Executives. What a great surprise to hear this Association Executive say that he believes every trade association Executive or Director should have...

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Four Ingredients for a Winning Apology

We don’t usually consider an apology as a form of winning.  An apology is deemed to be a sign of losing, an indication that we were wrong in some regard and we are conceding. Yes, an apology is usually an admission that we’ve failed to achieve a particular...

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Low Employee Engagement Appears to be the Managers Fault

It has been said that people don’t leave companies, they leave people.  When an employee chooses to leave an organization it is more likely because they have reached a level of dissatisfaction in a relationship with their immediate supervisor.  This problem is more...

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ONE WORD Can Help You Get More Done in Less Time!

"If I have one more thing that doesn't get done on schedule, I'm going to...!"   The frustration is mounting for many leaders around the world.  Everyone expects us to sprint to the expected outcomes; but at the same time the varied demands for our time and attention...

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Five Unique Ways a Manager Can Influence Others

Managers have a tremendous responsibility to influence others.  It is expected from the executive level that your influence will keep projects on target, help to improve productivity, and inspire employees to perform with excellence. Some managers exercise their...

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Leading Change and Sustaining Your Corporate Culture

I am a change fanatic.  Give me a choice between status quo or the opportunity to change, and I will jump for the new possibilities.  Some people accuse me of being addicted to change.  They say: “If Steven can’t change something during the day, he will drive home at...

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The Basics of Motivation

Motivation is involved in every aspect of our lives.  It secretly works behind the scenes providing a motive for the majority of our actions and opinions.  Motivation can be positive or negative.  It can have lasting influence or it will have a short life-span.  The...

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Why Do Employees Resist Change?

I don’t know of any industry that is not working through transitions of change.  If you’re a leader in your organization you are leading change.  And you may have noticed that some employees are not comfortable with the change.  A few are openly resistant.  Most are...

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What You and Olympic Athletes Have In Common

The Olympic athletes inspire us with their remarkable accomplishments. They push themselves to the very edge of their talents and training, hoping to be on the winners podium.  And what inspires me most is not that the winners are better than the rest, but that every...

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Burning Bridges

Burning bridges use to be a military strategy employed by commanders that wanted to make a commitment to a particular course of action by making a retreat impossible. Today, employees committed to the strategy of advancing the company’s overall goals see “Burning...

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Don’t Hesitate To Lead

Your employees want a leader who knows where to go and how to get there.  They need a manager that can demonstrate a balance between the extremes of being too pushy and being a pushover!  They will not tolerate a demanding approach.  And if you hesitate to show some...

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