Posts by Don Sosnowski

Leadership by the “Book”: The Leadership Challenge Part 4

How Leaders Communicate an Inspirational Vision   My all-time favorite book on the topic of leadership is called the Leadership Challenge, written by Kouzes and Posner.  Through years of research, they have summarized the key behaviors of leaders into 5 distinct practices (see prior blogs for more background). Kouzes and Posner identified five common concepts in…

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Leadership by the “Book”: The Leadership Challenge Part 3

My all-time favorite book on the topic of leadership is called the Leadership Challenge, written by Kouzes and Posner.  Through years of research, they have summarized the key behaviors of leaders into 5 distinct practices. Kouzes and Posner identified five common concepts in their survey of leaders internationally, and derived from them these five practices…

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“How Not To Sink Your Organization”— by a Submarine Commander

In the video “Greatness” David Marquet (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqmdLcyES_Q) shares his experiences as a submarine commander.  You won’t get caught up in military speak as he tells his story.  It’s very relatable and the hand-drawn graphics are really entertaining. Marquet presents an excellent challenge for leaders everywhere and steps to organizational greatness.  He points away from command…

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BEFORE You Start Training: Apply a Change Management Model

Change happens—the risks are high if we don’t manage it thoughtfully and carefully.  There are steps to be followed and if we ignore any of them, at worst, we risk failure; at best, we create unnecessary stress and anxiety for our employees.  In my first job as a supervisor, I was directed by my boss…

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How To Accelerate Leadership Growth—Double Loop Learning and Vertical Development

  Leadership development programming today is largely concerned with the skills of growing leaders.  Invista Performance Solutions delivers hundreds of hours of training per year that shape the behaviors and methods of leaders.  They learn how to manage performance, solve problems, coach others, handle conflict, provide feedback, delegate, build a team, and many other techniques. …

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Overcoming Barriers to Effective Listening

I’m going to admit it.  I don’t always listen effectively to everyone who speaks to me.  There…I feel better!  I got it off my chest. Before you judge me too harshly, you should admit that you don’t either.  As a spouse, a friend, a parent, a manager, it is difficult to consistently give everyone your…

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5 Business Writing Tips to Make Your Brand Shine

Good business writing skills have always been important, but in today’s age of technology, they are even more so. Being able to accurately and succinctly convey what you are trying to say is a critical skill, especially when your audience is busy and has limited time. With endless resources available to us, making a simple…

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The Top Qualities of Leaders-Infographic included!

  “Never set a child afloat on the flat sea of life with only one sail to catch the wind.” – D. H. Lawrence   Versatility—the ability to adapt and adjust to a variety of circumstances, functions, or activities   How versatile are you as a leader? Do you have one trait that you love…

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Adults Learn Best When Actively Engaged!

Invista Performance Solutions is a collaboration of 4 Pierce County Community colleges.  Our mission is to provide customized training services to organizations in our own local community.  All the programs we offer are developed and delivered based on principles of adult learning. Adults learn best when they are actively engaged in their own learning process,…

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