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Category: Leadership

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Using pauses in speech

5 Reasons to Pause Before You Answer

The right word may be effective, but no word is ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.– Mark Twain   Pausing is undervalued and underutilized by leaders. There’s a tendency when someone asks us a question to enter a “me” mindset. “Now it’s my turn,” our brains tend to think. As a result, we […]

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Invisible Leaders

Invisible Leaders

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”–Jonathan Swift As leaders, we can feel too visible–both when things go wrong (and people seek someone to blame) and when things go well (and people want to give us too much credit). More often, though, we don’t feel visible enough. We feel like we’re […]

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21 Obstacles to Leadership

21 Obstacles to Leadership

The success you have is likely despite these obstacles to leadership not because of them – that is simply a rationality that helps craft your blind spots.

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To Unleash everyone's knowledge, let go of your own.

To Unleash everyone’s knowledge, let go of your own.

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Is there a team member you work around?

Is there a team member you work around?

Is there a team member you work around? If so, take a minute to list your reasons. Did he betray your trust? What is it that you don’t like about her? Cite specific incidences that caused you to write this person off. Now take a minute to consider the consequences of working around this team […]

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core competencies

Test Your Core Competencies

“A strategy is a plan that creates sustainable competitive advantage and allows an organization to perform over time, even in the face of a changing environment.”  – Jimmy Brown Your strategic plan should do all three things Brown suggests: 1. Create a sustainable competitive advantage; 2. Allow you to perform over time with confidence; and […]

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Success is never

Success is never a solo act.

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Becoming a Leader

Becoming a Leader: Risky Business

Becoming a Leader:  Challenge #13–Learn to Evaluate Risk Risk is part of business, relationships, life, change, you name it. Typically, when you operate inside of your comfort zone, you don’t experience risk nor do you develop the ability to evaluate risk when it is presented. Innovation suffers. Change ceases. The status quo is all-consuming. Insanity: […]

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Becoming a Leader

Becoming a Leader: All-Star vs. High Performance Teams

Becoming a Leader:  Challenge #12–Build Your High Performance Team Trust. Lack of trust will limit the performance of your team more than lack of technical skills. All-star and Pro-bowl games are, well, boring. The top “technical” skills are on the field, but these teams lack the depth that is built over time through a trusting […]

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Friendship & Leadership

Friendship & Leadership

Everyone in the organization need not be friends, and disagreements should, in fact, be encouraged (to improve decision-making), but the culture should be friendly and open. People should feel encouraged to lead and to help define the organization. When people feel encouraged to belong, they will contribute like they do.

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Providing Answers

Providing Answers Is like Eating Sugar

“We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.” ― Santosh Kalwar, Quote Me Everyday You make a vow not to eat sugar. A few minutes pass. Still, no. And then an hour. That is a definitive no! That is an absolute I will not touch the stuff. […]

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Appreciate the Moment

Appreciate the Moment

Many leaders are moving so fast and furious that they do not take time to appreciate the moment. Appreciating the moment of significance is important.

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Partnership Paradox

Partnership Paradox

  “The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” – Theodore Roosevelt Going into business is a high-risk game. It is not for the faint of heart. The success rate of surviving more than five years is remarkably low, and the first year is the […]

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5 Minutes Buddhist

5 Minute Buddhist

“The Miracle is not to walk on water. The Miracle is to walk on the green Earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment, feeling truly alive.”  –Thich Nhat Hanh THE 5 MINUTE BUDDHIST (Printable PDF) Harold Ramis produced over 20 movies, most notably Animal House, Caddy Shack, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day. He also followed Buddhist teachings. To […]

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say it 7 times

Say It 7 Times

“My fascination with letting images repeat and repeat–or in film’s case ‘run on’–manifests my belief that we spend much of our lives seeing without observing.”           - Andy Warhol Say it 7 times to make it so. There is a reason this became an adage. It works. It works so well that […]

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