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how to lead in a caustic culture

How to Lead in a Caustic Culture

To lead in a caustic culture, focus on your influence. It’s a question we hear after every keynote we deliver: “I want to build a Courageous Culture, but I don’t know if it will work at my company. It’s not a healthy […]

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How to Help Your Team Bring You Better Ideas

How to Help Your Team Bring You Better Ideas

You don’t just want ideas—you want GOOD ideas. There’s no time for half-baked solutions to trivial problems. But if you stop listening, they’ll stop sharing, and you’ll miss the good ones. How you respond to incomplete, off-base, or inelegant ideas makes all […]

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How to find the great idea in your best practice

How to Find the Great Idea in Your Best Practice

Your Best Practice Might Not Work Everywhere Javier was a well-loved director at an engineering design firm. He was also an accomplished Italian chef. Every year he would conduct an operational excellence rally that he personally catered with spaghetti made from homemade noodles, […]

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The problem with just do your job

The Problem with Just Do Your Job

Have you ever had a team member say something like this? “I just want to do my job. I know you want me to care, but I don’t. It’s a paycheck and I’ve got kids.” Or perhaps you’ve heard a leader tell […]

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Don’t Let Limited Perspective Destroy Your Team

Don’t Let Limited Perspective Destroy Your Team

Limited perspective traps leaders and drives apart teams. Recently, I’ve watched an organization of passionate and caring people disintegrate. The limited perspective of leaders and team members has frustrated communication and problem-solving. They’ve devolved into camps of us vs. them. It can […]

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5 Reasons Your Employees Ignore Your Coaching

5 Reasons Your Employees Ignore Your Coaching

Have you ever had (what you thought was) a great coaching conversation—your employee seems to get it—but fifteen minutes later they’re back to their old habits? So you give them more coaching, this time “louder” either literally, or through progressive discipline. But […]

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