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How to Achieve Effective Teamwork: Live Your Values

While effective teamwork isn't necessarily easy today, imagine the amount of effort it took to accomplish the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II, on June 6, 1944; D-Day. The most important consideration: What's the glue that keeps everyone willing to...

Good Mission Statement

A good mission statement gives you a clear and concise account of what your business must do by answering the basic questions:  who, what, when, where, and how It should have insight into what the competition is doing, an understanding of what needs to be accomplished...

Motivating Employees

Motivating employees, or inspiring employees to be more accurate, implies that we understand why people take action. Ask yourself these two questions: Are their reasons for pursuing professional development goals positive or negative? Will they be internally...

Leadership Development Blog

Welcome to the Blackhawk Leadership Development Blog, the musings of Blackhawk Consulting Group, LLC, a leadership development firm focused on managers who want to build teams, lead more effectively, and achieve superior results … all with less stress. The...

Leadership Traits

Leadership Traits: Authority vs. Responsibility Those who exercise quality leadership traits make the difference between someone you gladly follow and another to whom you must report. How do you feel when you have little decision-making authority, but all of the...

Connecting with Different Leadership Styles

One of the key qualities of a good leader is to understand leadership styles and know when to change. Each of us has our own unique strengths and weaknesses; sometimes, we need more direction, other times, less. Leadership Styles Situational leadership involves being...

Team Building Skills

Leaders must apply keen team building skills in order to build the most capable teams. The key: great communication skills. Great teams are no accident; it takes hard work and patience.  Leaders who understand the importance of teamwork push beyond the obstacles...

Team Building Exercise

A team building exercise is an activity that gets people to work together, highlighting strengths and weaknesses, while giving members the opportunity to decide how they’ll respond. A good team building exercise encourages the group to respond positively. They develop...

Command Responsibility

Leading as a Command Responsibility Command responsibility is an authority unique to the military definition of leadership: “An Army leader is anyone who by virtue of assumed role or assigned responsibility inspires and influences people to accomplish organizational...

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