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9 Things You are Doing that Really Infuriate the Boss

Ever wonder why the boss always seems to be mad?  At you?  You're trying to lead your team the best you can, but every time you turn around he's in your face about something. You might be thinking, "What's his problem?" But ...
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Leading Your Friends

Leading Your Friends: 9 Ways to Lead Your Former Peers

Congratulations – you’ve just been promoted to Team Lead! What’s the bad news?  It’s the same team you’ve been on.  How are you going to lead your friends? One of the hardest things to do as a leader is to lead your former ...
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10 Unusual Meetings

10 Unusual Meetings to Make Your Team More Productive

We’ll never be free from the need to have meetings, but that doesn’t mean they have to be long, boring, and unproductive.  Here are ten unusual meeting approaches you can use to get out of a rut, stimulate more creativity, ...
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Great Reads in Leadership

Great Reads in Leadership for Fall 2016

Abraham Lincoln once said that if he had six hours to chop down a tree, he would spend the first four sharpening his ax.  More recently, personal development expert Stephen Covey has said that “sharpening your saw” is a critical ...
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The Insecure Leader

Sea of Glory – The 7 Habits of the Highly Insecure Leader

Lacking confidence in your leadership?  Are you an insecure leader?  Sometimes the things we are tempted to do to compensate for insecurity are the worst options, as Lieutenant Wilkes, United States Navy, found out the hard way in 1838.  Here’s ...
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Not about the shoes (T) (1)

Building the Team: Why You Don’t Need New Shoes

Think you need to make a change on your team?  Not able to advance because someone is holding you back?  It is easy to catch yourself thinking along these lines.  But the other day I came to an interesting realization ...
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Reaching Your Goals

Reaching Your Goals: Thoughts From 14,000 Feet

Leading yourself is part of being able to lead others.  When you show you are capable of reaching your goals, you demonstrate the potential to help others do the same.  In this short video we look at the similarities between ...
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Unity of Command in Jamestown

Book Notes: “Chains of Command” in Jamestown

Unity of command is crucial for the success of an organization, yet the colonists settling Jamestown seemed to be actually trying to make it hard on themselves.  In fact, the colony nearly failed several times as a result of their strange ...
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Commitment - Turning Promise into Reality

Commitment: Turning Promise into Reality

Beginnings are fun – there is excitement, optimism, the promise of something new.  Successful endings are great, too, as you watch your idea bear fruit. The tough part comes in the middle.  It’s the part that involves effort, and sacrifice.  Today ...
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7 Steps to Empowerment

Burning the Pancakes: 7 Steps to Empowerment

“I will let your son burn the pancakes.” This is what I tell visiting parents who are trying to decide if their boy should join our Scout Troop. What I’m really telling them is that we do our best to empower ...
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Find Creative Solutions

How to Find Creative Solutions: The Case of the Falling Egg

Got a problem and having trouble finding a solution? Not long ago I was invited to work with a local youth group on leadership skills.  But though I was the “teacher,” the students managed to remind me of something very important ...
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Influencing the decision

Influencing the Decision: How to Transition from Doer to Decider

There are the people who have to do what they are told, and then there are the people who get to decide what people do. Doers and deciders.  Which would you like to be? Even if by position you are supposed to ...
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Walking with Equanimity

Walking with Equanimity: What to do When the Rain Comes

One rainy morning recently I received a wordless lesson in equanimity when a few long-distance backpackers showed me what it looks like to handle a challenge with composure.  Here’s how they turned a negative into a positive and how you ...
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Doing it Wrong

Doing it Best but Doing it Wrong!

Have you bumped up to the next level recently? Taken on a leadership role? Congratulations!  Just keep in mind that what got you there might not be what keeps you there.  Today we’ll take a quick look at a common pitfall new leaders often ...
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How Not to Quit

How Not to Quit: 8 Tips to Help You Persevere and Succeed at Anything

Any goal worth taking on is going to require effort, and somewhere along the way you are guaranteed to find your path getting hard.  When the going gets tough, you might ask yourself, “How do I keep from quitting?” Yesterday I ...
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