Influencing Outcomes - 3 Ways to Get the Ending You Want
Can we change opinions by changing expectations? A professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology seems to think so.  He conducted a simple but revealing experiment that speaks volumes about how humans form opinions. Spoiler alert:  we are not nearly as independent-minded as we like to think.  But that’s good ...
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Stage Magic: 3 Ways to Amplify Your Leadership Message
Getting our leadership message across to the team can be a challenge. But as leaders, we can forget that by virtue of our position, we are up on a stage. And like the stage occupied by actors and musicians, there are some great tools available to us, if we’re smart ...
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The Secret to Growing Good Tomatoes
Of plants, tomatoes seemed the most human… – John Updike If what John Updike says of tomatoes is true, my neighbor is reminding me of an important lesson about working with people ...
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Pulling Together: What it Takes to Build Group Cohesion
When you all pull together, it pulls you all together. What happens if you have two groups of people who don’t like working together?  How do you get them to function as one?  In a strange experiment over 60 years ago that evokes images of Lord of the Flies, a ...
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Building Bridges: How Leaders Grow Loyalty
Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across. – Sun Tzu, Art of War How do you grow loyalty?  Consider this story. A marketing specialist was given her first major assignment to test market a new product.  She worked on the project diligently, giving it her best effort. But ...
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Book Notes - Blue Ocean Strategy: How Leaders Drive Change
Leadership is about influencing people in a specific direction, but sometimes that direction needs to change. A book I just read provides a great framework to figure out when you need to change, and what strategic direction to head. But more importantly, it also provides several effective tools to help ...
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Howling at the Moon: One Way to Handle Criticism
It can be tough to handle criticism.  As leaders we need to be open and ready to listen to the good, the bad, and the ugly. How we respond to that criticism after listening can take many forms. The story is told of a man out walking with Abraham Lincoln ...
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How to be Decisive: 9 Ways to Make a Decision You Won't Regret
How can you be decisive if you don’t know what decision to make? Yogi Berra once said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”  That sounds like good advice, but how do you decide which fork to take? Which one will have the greatest payoff?  Which ...
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The Golden Rule with a Twist
No written word nor spoken plea, Can teach your team what they should be, Nor all the books on all the shelves, It’s what the leader is himself. – from Wooden on Leadership The most powerful form of leading is personal example. It’s a simple idea. Be the way you ...
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Book Notes - Wooden on Leadership
Why should leaders sweat the small stuff? Someone said that you shouldn’t “sweat the small stuff”  but based on what I just read, they have it all wrong.  Sometimes it’s the small things that can make all the difference.  If you want to be effective as a leader, there’s good ...
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Independence Day - 7 Ways to Defuse Conflict
Do our reflexive reactions cause unnecessary fireworks? Conflict is inevitable in any human enterprise; how we handle that conflict is where leadership comes in.  Too often we seem bound to react instinctively: voices rise, pressure grows, and soon it’s fireworks like the 4th of July.  But to lead effectively requires ...
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Book Notes - The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
What do you do when your team is falling apart? We all know that in most cases you can accomplish more as a team than as an individual. But what happens when the “teamwork” part erodes away and all you have left is a group of individuals masquerading as a ...
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Wading the Mississippi - Six Secrets of Success I Learned from Ol' Man River
What does it take to achieve great things? Last week, I waded across the Mississippi River. Really. And as I thought about that accomplishment, it seemed this great river had a lot to say about what it takes to achieve something great.  Here are six secrets of success the mighty ...
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Leadership Incubator
I think one thing often overlooked in the world of leadership is patience. We’re always in a hurry to get things done.  We have to produce results immediately.  Yesterday, if at all possible. To make that happen, some leaders reduce themselves to the idea of “the louder and harsher the ...
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Leader Patience
As leaders we are responsible for getting things done through people.  But in our rush to see results, we risk becoming our own worst enemy.  If we are not careful, our well-meaning actions can breed frustration, cause discontent, and undermine trust.  Today we’ll talk about leader patience and when to ...
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