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What Do You Like Most About Your Job?

Ray had a long list of things that were wrong with his job. Most of us do. The most important work is never easy and sacrifice can sting. But as I listened, I was struck by the stark contrast between what was wrong […]

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5 Reasons Teams Lose Confidence

Great leaders help teams visualize a winning future. They arm their team with the courage and audacity to remove roadblocks and galvanize people toward “impossible” feats. Take John. John had been in tough situations before, but this time the cocktail of challenges […]

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5 Ways to Encourage Your Team Toward “Yes You Can”

28 eyes looked at me skeptically. They were convinced the task I had outlined for their strategy session was beyond their reach. “Just too hard,” they explained. “I’m not that creative,” said another. No time for second guessing. Sure this exercise had […]

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5 Ways to Encourage Your Team Toward "Yes You Can"

28 eyes looked at me skeptically. They were convinced the task I had outlined for their strategy session was beyond their reach. “Just too hard,” they explained. “I’m not that creative,” said another. No time for second guessing. Sure this exercise had […]

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Leaders Weigh in on Achieving Breakthrough Results – A Frontline Festival

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. Our October Festival is all about Achieving Breakthrough Results.  Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! Culture and Teamwork “Talent wins games, but teamwork and […]

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How to Have a Difficult Conversation

When I ask leaders why they’re not telling people what they need to know, the most consistent response I get is “She or he didn’t ask.” Quite frankly that’s a cop-out. Yeah sure–ideally everyone would be ASKING for feedback. If you’re not asking, start […]

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4 Reasons Underdogs Will Rule the World

The playing field was clearly uneven, but the “visiting team” had chosen to come and play by our rules: An underdog team at its finest. I was teaching executive presence and communication to MBA students, 30% for whom English is their second […]

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Because You Know Better

I was pretty shocked by the reports of how Laura had acted in that impromptu encounter.  Clearly I had to address the “rude and snarky attitude” but first I had to understand it. “Can you tell me what happened?” I asked, praying […]

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5 Ways Success is Holding You Back

So much is written about learning from failure, but much less of failing from success. This weekend, I had the extraordinary opportunity to speak and attend the National Speakers Association’s Business Accelerator Lab. It was inspiring to get to know Nido Quebein, […]

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5 Ways Naming Things Will Make You a Better Leader

The world goes nuts when someone finds a simple name for that universal feeling that makes you think more deeply about your leadership:  Who Moved My Cheese, Flow, fill in your favorite blank ________. You don’t need to wait for someone else […]

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How to Be Manager When Your Employees Are Older Than You

Pleased to welcome Scott Huntington with a guest post. Good news: You have been hired for a leadership or managerial position. Awkward news: You’re younger than the employees you’ll be managing. Discovering that you’re younger than your new employees is neither good […]

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A Better Way to Address Performance Issues

“Will or skill” is an insufficient question when addressing performance issues. This model works okay if it’s truly a “skill” issue because managers know what to do next. They train, coach, or assign a buddy. But the “will issue” answer often begins a […]

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