Cory Jones

Articles by Cory Jones

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What’s your default leadership style?

Whether born or made, the same thing drives every leader: achieving a shared goal. How they pursue and communicate this shared goal varies. If 80 years of research has taught us anything, it’s that leadership is a combination of both style and substance. In 1939 psychologist Kurt Lewin led the way in this line of […]

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Walking the Line Between Self-Promotion and Humility

Artful self-promotion has its obvious rewards: building your personal brand, earning the respect of colleagues, receiving better opportunities. But it’s important to remember that your self-promotion can benefit others, too. Advancing your projects and achievements can be good for the whole team and can further educate your group and boss about new ideas and tasks, […]

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Strategic Questions All Leaders Should Ask

“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.” –Voltaire Einstein urged us to “question everything.” Persistent questioning keeps the mind flexible, feeds creativity, reveals unexpected options, and prevents inertia. But business requires more of a Voltaire approach—it’s all about asking the right questions. The right questions inspire thoughtful answers and motivate action. […]

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2016 Trends Impacting Leadership Right Now

The changing of the guard is accelerating. As thousands of boomers retire each day, Gen X is storming the corner office, and millennials are shaking up middle management. If that wasn’t change enough, the first wave of Gen Z graduated college this past spring and is now entering the workforce. At the same time, the […]

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8 Tips to Become a Successful Young Leader

Millennials are breaking the mold for corporate leadership. They want their work to be accompanied by a sense of purpose, and aspire to be collaborative and transformational leaders. Unlike Gen X-ers and Boomers, the millennial generation isn’t after the money or power associated with leadership roles; they’d rather inspire others and make a difference. A […]

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Tips for Leading a Small Team Effectively

Leading a small team can be daunting in a big way. Every action counts and there is no room for slacking or flying under the radar. But there are advantages – small teams provide more of an opportunity for immediate impact and a better understanding of all of the issues impacting the team, things that […]

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Perfecting the Art of Giving Feedback

Giving feedback can be one of the more challenging fields to navigate. It requires a sometimes intimidating level of directness, while issuing a degree of evaluation. But it is critical to development in the workplace, and more than that – employees want it. Especially corrective feedback. A 2014 assessment by Zenger/Folkman revealed that 57% of […]

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Unconventional Ways to Motivate Your Team

Why is a motivated team critical? According to Dr. Donald Clifton, the #1 reason people leave their jobs is because they don’t feel appreciated. When your employees are driven, not only does their productivity increase, but they are more likely to stay with your organization longer. Luckily, you can show your employees appreciation while motivating […]

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Forget About Work-Life Balance – Aim For Work-Life Blend

Our phones are constantly buzzing at the dinner table with email alerts. We’re getting notifications from Dropbox collaborators on our computers long after the work day has ended. We strive to achieve work-life balance, but the truth is, we’re fighting an uphill battle. Enter: Work-life blend. Evolving technologies like cloud computing and advanced smart phone […]

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Guide to New Customer Acquisition

Acquiring new customers is a crucial factor in any growing small business – one that over half of small business owners today cite as a top concern, especially while wearing so many hats at work. If you’re spread thin, focusing on new acquisition can seem like a very daunting task. Without the right tools or […]

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