leadership

What Kind of Leader Are You?

Elise Margol

“Way to get a piece of it!” You’ve probably heard this phase if you’re a baseball mom like me. My teenage son has a passion for baseball, which began when he was really young. He’s played on many different teams, some more successful than others. But when I ask him which team has been his […]

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Great Leaders Connect With Employees, Foster Collaboration, and Embrace Continuous Change

Amy Fox

Half of companies worldwide say their leaders are not ready to lead their organizations today, and 71 percent say leaders are not ready to lead into the future, according to a recent study by Brandon Hall Group. Why are so many leaders unprepared for the challenges of today and tomorrow? Part of the reason has […]

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Are Leaders Falling Short?

Amy Fox

In a 2015 study, 71 percent of companies worldwide said their leaders are not ready to lead into the future. The same survey found half of companies worldwide believe their leaders are not ready to lead their organizations today. Brandon Hall Group’s State of Leadership Development Study found critical gaps in training, specifically training targeted […]

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Strategies to Develop and Support Facilitators

Victoria Rodgers

Organizations today need to do more at a faster pace and support employees across various geographies. Training delivery teams are faced with the daunting task of balancing the deployment of virtual instructor-led sessions (webinars), eLearning, and traditional classroom instructor-led programs. One key area that training leaders and teams often overlook while juggling these facilitation needs […]

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How Do You Feel About Your Job?

Elise Margol

I recently had my year-end review discussion with our leader. During it, she asked me to rate my job on a scale of 1-10. Jeez… Nobody had ever asked me that before, and I wasn’t sure whether to be truthful. After a brief hesitation, I gave her my honest answer. She then asked me what […]

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Microlearning Is Here and We’re Ready. Are You?

Amy Fox

Our world is very different than it was just a generation ago. The Information Age has brought about significant changes to our personal and professional lives in how we interact with and share information. One of the many effects of this shift is that our attention spans are shrinking, which is pushing companies to up their game in order to truly […]

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Show Employees Some Love: The Art of Positive Feedback

Amy Fox

At ABR, we work with many clients in the learning and development arena, and far too often we hear or observe that leaders at all levels neglect to offer enough positive feedback and reinforcement to their employees. I recently wrote a blog for the Association for Talent Development (ATD) on this very topic. The truth […]

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In Leadership, It’s the Little Things

Amy Evans

  “If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” ~Colin Powell In the past several months, our organization has added to our own leadership team and has worked with several clients to kick off or wrap up […]

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Developer, Facilitator, Cheerleader: Do I Need to Motivate My Project Team?

Cindy Weissman

Wikipedia defines Training and Development as “a function of human resource management concerned with organizational activity aimed at bettering the performance of individuals and groups in organizational settings.” When you serve as a project leader, is it also your responsibility to keep your team motivated to complete the project? The following scenario might sound familiar… […]

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The Art of Managing Up

Victoria Rodgers

Executive leadership teams are responsible for carrying out the company strategy, mission, and values. While they need to maintain a level of engagement at the management level to stay abreast of how to serve their frontline teams, the ultimate goal of a leader is to influence, empower, and maximize the efforts of their followers and […]

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The Why and What of Motivation

Elise Margol

Motivation is a word you hear tossed around a lot—motivation to lose weight, motivation to accomplish more, motivation to do just about anything! But what is motivation? Merriam-Webster defines motivation as “The act or process of giving someone a reason for doing something.” Motivation is what drives people to success. Think about people who are […]

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I’m a New Manager! Now What?

Darrell Burke

I’ve had the opportunity to observe and coach new managers in a variety of functions. Whether it’s a new sales manager, operations manager, or technical manager, I seem to get the same question: I’m a new manager! Now what do I do? The interesting thing about this question is that many of these new managers […]

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Driving Employee Engagement Through Leadership

Elise Margol

Have you ever heard the old saying, “Your job is only as good as your manager?” There are multiple drivers of employee engagement, from pride in working for the company to having a voice in the way things operate, but the impact of the relationship with the direct manager is a constant. Research by Dale […]

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Lead from the Middle: Changing Our Approach to Training Mid-Level Managers

Amy Fox

Not long ago Harvard Business Review conducted a survey that found nearly half (48 percent) of Generation Y professionals at Fortune 500 companies, including many in middle management, planned to leave their current job within two years. The same survey found that 85 percent of respondents felt their companies’ leadership pipeline would suffer unless their middle […]

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Video Blog: Leadership Training with ABR

At Accelerated Business Results (ABR), we’ve gotten to partner with several clients to build leadership development programs that cultivate organizational talent and help employees feel more connected to their company. Not to brag TOO much, but our team of instructional designers and facilitators have a wealth of expertise in leadership training and in creating world-class leadership curriculum for a […]

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Six Checkpoints to Boost Leadership Breakthroughs

Amy Fox

When was the last time you had a breakthrough? When have you overcome a large obstacle or made an important discovery that pushed you to a new level? Breakthroughs are what give leaders an edge—what separates them from the norm. But breakthroughs don’t just happen. Even the most successful leaders can miss opportunities for breakthroughs, […]

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Don’t Forget the Positive

Darrell Burke

It’s a well-known fact that managers, be they front-line, middle, support, or upper, are the translators of the corporate messages. They take the “vision” and goals set by senior leaders and translate them down to employees for dissemination and achievement. Much is at stake and a lot is riding on this group’s shoulders. Therefore, it’s […]

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Inspire Employees at Your Next Annual Meeting

Elise Margol

2015 is upon us! With the start of the new year, many companies will hold annual meetings with their employees to reflect on the past year and to plan for the future. Annual meetings offer an opportunity to engage, ignite, and inspire individuals and groups to perform and achieve in the upcoming year. To ensure […]

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Three Leadership Strategies for Winning Hearts and Minds

Amy Fox

John Maxwell once said, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” So what does that tell us? Most organizations have an impressive catalog of leadership training offerings, but what we at Accelerated Business Results (ABR) have experienced is that strong leadership in today’s market is about getting real—engaging […]

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Stay in the Know: How Authentic Are YOU?

Elise Margol

Today the ABR blog is helping you “stay in the know” by sharing an article that we found interesting. We think you will too. Born and raised in the South, I’m allowed to say this…Southerners are notorious for saying one thing but meaning another, mostly to protect others’ feelings. We’re taught to be prim and […]

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Behind the Scenes at ABR: Senior Leadership Summit

Amy Evans

What’s new with ABR? Take a peek at what’s going on in our world as we work to deliver relevant, world-class solutions for our clients. Here at ABR some of our leadership roles and responsibilities have shifted recently. Based on these changes, our leadership team held a Senior Leadership Summit that was a combination of education and action planning. For […]

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Stay in the Know: Fostering Strategic Thinking

Today the ABR blog is helping you “stay in the know” by sharing something we came across that we found interesting. We think you will too.  Would you say that strategic thinking is a key leadership skill for the success of your organization? Of course you would. Nearly every organization is looking for ways to […]

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Free Webinar: Creating Innovative Leadership Development Programs

Is your organization’s leadership development program as effective as it could be? Is it focused on building collective capacity to accomplish critical tasks such as setting direction, creating alignment, and gaining commitment? Does it truly deliver, both in growing your leaders and in delivering a tangible return on investment for your organization? If so, great! […]

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Behind the Scenes at ABR: Revisiting Foundational Coaching Skills

What’s new with ABR? Take a peek at what we’re up to as we work to deliver relevant, world-class solutions for our clients. I love the opportunity to “intentionally” revisit foundational skills! For the last two weeks I have been fortunate enough to facilitate a sales manager coaching workshop in multiple cities for one of […]

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Stay in the Know: It’s Tempting, But Don’t Skip Coaching

Elise Margol

Today the ABR blog is helping you “stay in the know” by sharing something we came across that we found interesting. We think you will too. It’s no wonder that most sales managers struggle with coaching their sales reps. ASTD reports that only 11 percent of companies train their sales managers to a high extent, […]

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Stay in the Know: Give Them a Break to Keep Them Engaged

Amy Evans

Today the ABR blog is helping you “stay in the know” by sharing something we came across that we found interesting. We think you will too. How important is employee engagement? This article from Diversity Executive magazine reveals that 60% of employees surveyed would likely leave their current position if they were disengaged, and 26% […]

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Stay in the Know: Traits of Extraordinary Leaders

Amy Fox

Today the ABR blog is helping you “stay in the know” by sharing something we came across that we found interesting. We think you will too. There’s a great video on Chief Learning Officer that features best-selling author Jason Jennings (Think Big, Act Small: How America’s Best Performing Companies Keep the Start-up Spirit Alive). In […]

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Stay in the Know: Leaders Need to Get Real

Elise Margol

Today the ABR blog is helping you “stay in the know” by sharing an article we came across that we found interesting. We think you will too. How do you engage with your teams? Do your teams know the “real” you? Sometimes leaders tend to focus on what they’re supposed to be and do for […]

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Stay In the Know: Can Leadership Training Really Work?

Elise Margol

Today the ABR blog is helping you “stay in the know” by sharing something that we find to be interesting and valuable. We think you will too. At Accelerated Business Results (ABR), we have the luxury of partnering with our clients to build leadership development programs to cultivate organizational talent and help employees feel more […]

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Stay in the Know: The Six Deadly Sins of Leadership

Amy Fox

Today the ABR blog is helping you “stay in the know” by sharing an article we came across that we found interesting. We think you will too. I recently saw this adaption of a Jack Welch lecture that was featured on LinkedIn in late March. I think it’s awesome! The Six Deadly Sins of Leadership […]

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Five Steps to Powerful Sales Goals

Mile 25. “It’s still within reach,” I told myself, checking my watch as I approached the parking lot of the Pentagon. I pressed on through the agony that had been my companion for a full hour. This was my third attempt at breaking the magic four-hour barrier for a marathon. Despite dropping a critical 30 […]

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Who Are the Teachers in Your Life?

Elise Margol

I spent the weekend with my children organizing holiday gifts for their teachers as tokens of our gratitude. However, what started as a small list seemed to grow exponentially as the weekend progressed. When I had originally thought of teachers, I was thinking the science teacher, the math teacher, etc. But my son son asked, […]

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The Power of Collaborative Leadership: What March Madness Can Teach Us About Leadership

Amy Fox

At my house, March Madness has taken over. All of the close games and upsets make it so fun and exciting, and emotions are certainly running high! One of the reasons it’s been so riveting this year is due to several Cinderella stories—previously unknown teams that don’t seem to have a chance yet are accomplishing […]

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Can Webinars Boost Your Pool of Potential Customers?

Do you want your company to be known as a key thought-leader and expert in your industry? Are you willing to try some new methods to improve your lead generation efforts, to gain more qualified prospects? If your answer to both questions is yes (as it should be), webinars are a proven sales and marketing […]

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How Well Are You Collaborating?

Elise Margol

The word “collaboration” is a tad funny to me. Have you ever noticed how often people use this word? What do organizations mean when they tell their leaders to use a collaborative leadership style? I chuckle because it reminds me of a previous job I had. Leadership directed us on a daily basis to be more collaborative with our department; however, the way we were structured and completed work did not lend itself to this goal.

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The Leadership and Management of You

I am not sure our numbering system goes high enough to count the number of blog posts, books, and articles that have been written to help you improve your leadership and management skills. There are apparently quite a few of you really screwing it up. I’m much more interested in how you are doing leading and managing your professional self. And I can say with some authority that most of you are screwing it up.

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Leader or Manager—Which Are You?

Amy Evans

This is a question that many have asked and many books have been written on the subject. As 2011 comes to an end, I am pondering this question yet again. To get a better handle on it, I decided to look up the definitions of these two terms.

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Four Ways to Demonstrate Authentic Leadership

In this video blog, Accelerated Business Results President Amy Fox shares four simple ways that leaders can exhibit real, genuine leadership on a day-to-day basis.

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Project Manager = Project Motivator

Karrin Frilling

Projects come in all shapes and sizes—and timelines. Some require you and your team to operate at warp speed while others seem to linger endlessly. As a Project Manager, it is your job to ensure that your team stays motivated and committed regardless of whether you’re running a sprint race or a marathon. Here are some ideas on how to do that.

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Get Real: Three Leadership Strategies to Win Hearts and Minds

Amy Fox

John Maxwell once said, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” So what does that tell us? Most organizations have an impressive catalog of leadership training offerings, but what we at ABR have experienced is that leadership development in today’s market is about getting real—engaging with employees and demonstrating authentic leadership.

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