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Leadership Tips, Vol. 1117

Advice from Antoine de St. Exupery ... Stop overusing this word.

6 ways to create and keep a top-notch leadership team

“The whole is better than the sum of its parts.” Aristotle said this an eon ago and it still holds true today. This is particularly important when putting together a high-functioning leadership team.

Would you work for this guy?

When tough-as-nails Hunter Harrison became CEO of railway company CSX Corp. in March 2017, the stock soared. That’s because Harrison, 72, has a track record of impressive turnarounds—taking underperforming railroad com­panies and boosting their profits.

If it works, get rid of it

Employers of all sizes have increasingly allowed staffers to work from home on a full- or part-time basis. But now some big corporations are changing their mind.

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Today's Leadership Tip

Don't start a speech by citing "eight ways to beat inflation" or "10 rules of teamwork." After the first one, your audience will quickly calculate how long you're likely to talk, and zone out. - Adapted from The Speechwriter's Handbook of Humor, Robert Orben, Marion Street Press.

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Q: When we’re up against a crunch deadline, our CEO tries to bolster our confidence by giving us a T-shirt with “YGT” on it. It stands for “You Got This.” I don’t need to be told I can tackle a tough challenge. I do need better support—more resources, more time, more cooperation from the CEO. Can I rip up my shirt?

Stay interviews are a simple, powerful discussion that can help you identify problem areas before they become reasons for quitting. Studies show that companies who conduct stay interviews enjoy a higher percentage of engaged, motivated employees—and their turnover is much lower. Watch the video now.

Unless you are living under a rock (or don’t have a teenage daughter), you know that a selfie is a photo taken of yourself by yourself — likely with a cell phone camera. I’m going to ask you to take one right now.

Try these four steps from the Leader Communicator blog.

Q:  "A co-worker told me that he brings a voice recorder to work to catch people talking behind his back. He will tape it underneath a desk or hide it behind a picture. We used to be friends, but I now seem to be on the list of people that he hates. I’ve started searching my work area every morning to be sure his recorder isn’t there. Should I bring this to the attention of human resources?"  —Nervous in Indiana