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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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cognitive reflection test

Cognitive Reflection Test

Cognitive Reflection Test Explained The Cognitive Reflection Test was developed by Shane Frederick, Professor of Marketing at Yale School of Management. Dr. Fredrick makes a strong case for the predictive capacity of this three-question test as it relates to decision making. In particular he suggests that it can be a predictor for those who are […]

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abuse of authority

Abuse of Authority

“The dilemma of authority in our time, the particular fear it inspires, is that we feel attracted to strong figures we do not believe to be legitimate.”    –Richard Sennett, Authority Power begets power. Power also begets followers, who presume the power will be used appropriately and for their mutual benefit. Unfortunately, power occasionally begets […]

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Cultural DNA

Cultural DNA Offers Big Return$

As an entrepreneur, you can involve yourself in just about any decision when the company is in its early stage. As the company grows, however, it it becomes harder stay on top of every issue. You do your best to prioritize and manage your involvement, but at a certain point you feel overwhelmed–like you’re drinking […]

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Finding Purpose in Life

Finding Purpose

Finding Purpose in Life Our days are filled with raising families and building relationships, growing a business or pursuing a career, serving others and our communities, and trying to stay mentally and physically fit. How much time is there really to give consideration to the human purpose–the big Why? The human purpose is and may […]

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canary in a coal mine

What’s Your “Canary in a Coal Mine”?

Each business is susceptible to many hazards, toxins, and contaminates. These threats may come in the form of legislation, litigation, regulations, competition, supplier dependability, financing, etc. What threats are you particularly vulnerable to? Have you discovered a telltale sign that can provide you early warning before one of these threats kills your organization?

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Rubric of Performance

Rubric of Performance

Educational Rubrics Educational institutions have long struggled with performance evaluation of employees. They have succeeded, however, with developing some useful rubrics to evaluate the performance of students. Rubrics provide a vertical set of performance criteria against horizontal measures of effectiveness. They tend to work best when the evaluation is complex and somewhat subjective–when students may […]

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How to prepare for a meeting

Four Types of Meetings that Lead to Effective Organizations

Types of Meetings breakdown into four major categories: Decision Making meetings; Creative meetings; Informational meetingsand; Planning meetings.

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SUCCESS IS ADDICTIVE

Success is Addictive

When an alcoholic reaches for a bottle at ten in the morning or finishes an entire bottle of vodka in one sitting, it’s pretty easy for everyone (including the alcoholic) to see the problem. It’s harder to see alcoholism starting. A drink after work to take the edge off seems pretty innocuous. Since one drink […]

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Brain Dominance

Big Change in Brain Dominance Theory

Become a Committee of Two in Your Mind The split-brain research done by Roger Sperry in the early 1960′s led many pop psychologists to conclude (incorrectly) that the left and right halves or our brains had largely separate functions. Logical and mathematical people were said to be left-brained, and creative people were said to be […]

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Leaders as Map Makers

Leaders as Map Makers

“Human live in two worlds–the world of events and things (the territory) and the world of words about events and things (the map).”  –Karl Weick As a leader, you use words (mission statement, vision, strategic plans, and models) to help members of your organization negotiate the territory in front of them—to get where you want […]

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Change

Breaking a Dollar without Change

If you want to break a dollar without giving change, you will have to rip it in pieces. If you do that, you will need to find someone willing to accept your new form of currency. And if they accept it, they will have to persuade someone else to accept the ripped pieces of the […]

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