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Intro to The 5 Voices of Leadership

The Problem With Personality Tests Have you ever taken a personality test, only to forget what it means a week later?  You might recall whether you thought your results were good or bad, but ask you what your letters were or which color you scored, and you stumble through a response that could generously be called a jumble of alphabet …

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Leadership Secrets: Leveraging Your Rest

Sometimes the best investment you can make at work is to step away from it for a while. To get out of the daily grind and make time for rest, peace, and recharging with family, friends, and reflection. In fact, we would all love even just an hour of this time every day. When we take some time off during …

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4 Ways to Get Your Team on the Same Page

Anyone out there trying to get a group of people moving in the same direction?  It’s hard, isn’t it? When it comes down to it, there are only a few seasons in the life of a company where an entire team is aligned and moving in the same direction. Few leaders are able to do this consistently, while most leaders …

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Leadership Foundations: Pride vs. Humility

Each of our leadership styles are framed on a foundation shaped by personal experience, nurture, and learning. We have all picked up good and bad habits from those who have led us and we inevitably learn certain leadership skills in school, through informal reading, blogs, news, etc. Have you ever thought, however, that there may be different foundations of leadership?  …

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How do You Process Information? Sequential vs. Pattern Processing

Sequential vs. Pattern Processing Welcome back for Part 4 of our Sensor vs. Intuitive series in Jungian personality preferences! Last time we took a closer look at the varying relationships sensors and intuitives have with the past, present, and future. In the course of uncovering why sensors tend to fear the future and intuitives often scorn the present, we also …

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The Cost of a Hardened Heart

An Important Conversation  These days, there’s a lot of conversation in the workplace around the idea of hard skills vs. soft skills. Various camps adamantly defend the virtues of technical excellence or emotional intelligence, but the truth is, both are incredibly important. In this article, however, we’re going to dive into a topic that, while impactful for the working world, …

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An Outdated Philosophy: “Us vs. Them”

Have you ever heard someone, maybe even yourself, say this: “If they’re not for us, they’re against us?” Many leaders love to adopt the philosophy of “us vs. them” to help define and solidify a sense of camaraderie and organizational identity. It also serves to reinforce – or coerce – loyalty and competition among employees by characterizing the tendency to …

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Is Worry Affecting Your Leadership?

It was an early morning, dark with a glint of frost in the air. John was quietly packing up his briefcase for another week’s trek through the jungle maze of traffic on the way to his downtown office, careful to not wake up his family in the process. The weekend had been more relaxing than normal. He and the kids …

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The Boomerang Effect: Be Interested Before Interesting

Developing Your “CORE” At GiANT, we develop our tools from a combination of research and our own first hand experience in failure. We’re committed enough to finding better ways of doing things that we’ll gladly highlight our failures in an effort to help others avoid them and at least make different mistakes than we have made. Some of those shortcomings …

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S vs. N: Past, Present, & Future

S vs. N:  Past, Present, & Future Our last post in the continuing “S vs. N” series on Jungian Typology and the GiANT Best Fit focused on one major question: “What is the biggest pitfall for each preference set?” In the end, we discovered that intuitives’ constant focus on the big picture, future vision often means they forget to pay …