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Category: Just Ask Leadership

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Type II Fun

Type II Fun

As a teenager, I found myself with 16 others on the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Maine in a 30-foot pulling boat with 12-foot swells and no tiller or rudder. The seas were getting rougher and the sky was crackling with lightning and thunder. We were scared, wet, and tired. We were unprotected from […]

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Narcissism of small differences

Narcissism Of Small Differences

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” In Snow White, the queen has it all seemingly–privilege, power, wealth, and beauty. She’s just not quite as fair as Snow White. That shouldn’t be a problem, right? Just shrug it off. Take your second place trophy for fairest in the land and […]

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Pecking Order

What Is Your Pecking Order?

Pecking Order The term “pecking order” was introduced by Thorleif Schjelderup-Ebbe in 1921 under the German terms Hackordnung or Hackliste, and brought into English in 1927. Schjelderup-Ebbe studied chickens and how they express dominance via pecking. He found that chickens typically have a pecking order that runs 15 deep. This pecking order allows for a more effective use of energy and […]

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Multiple approaches

Suit-able Leadership

  Suit-able Leadership Your wife says your wardrobe is handicapping you professionally. You respond by finding a wardrobe consultant. He eyes your wide-lapel suit and room-for-two pleated pants and says, “Listen, Italian would be perfect!” What does that mean? It means he loves Italian. But do you–or could you? If you prefer to wear socks […]

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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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Success is never

Success is never a solo act.

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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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Progress Leadership

Progress Leadership Requires Tension

Progress leadership examines the ways leaders use and diffuse tension to get coworkers to progress from their current position to their goals. David Emerald uses a rubber band as a metaphor to explain the tension created between one’s expected goal and the current position. The gap created is the metaphorical tension from the feeling of the unmet […]

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Icarus Principle

Icarus Principle

“Like Achilles, the hero who forgot his heel, or like Icarus who, flying close to the sun, forgot that his wings were made of wax, we should be wary when triumphant ideas seem unassailable, for then there is all the more reason to predict their downfall.” ― Dwight Longenecker, The Romance of Religion: Fighting for […]

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lifeline

The Golden String: Lifeline Exercise

According to myth, Ariadne provided Theseus with a sword and a golden string. He attached the string to the labyrinth’s door, slayed the Minotaur with the sword, and used the string to retrace his steps. The focus of today’s post is on how you can head into the labyrinth of your past, find what you’re […]

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