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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Leading Spaghetti
“If you’re a leader, you don’t push wet spaghetti, you pull it.” – Bill Mauldin Bill Mauldin was a famous cartoonist for Stars and Stripes, the newspaper widely read by American GIs during World War II. It’s easy to get his metaphor about leading spaghetti, and it makes sense, sort ...
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Leader Isolation - 6 Ways to Conquer Loneliness at the Top
We are not alone… …but sometimes it can feel that way.  Leadership can bring with it a sense of isolation.  You seem to be the only one bearing the burden of responsibility, setting the standard, and trying to balance the demands of your boss with the realities on the ground ...
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Winning Chaos - How to Succeed When it All Falls Apart
Today is June 9th.  D-Day, the Allied Invasion of Normandy took place 73 years and three days ago, heralding the beginning of the end of the Axis powers in Europe during World War II. Much has been written about the big strategic decisions before the invasion.  What sometimes gets missed ...
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The 9,051 Step Plan for Success
Can you imagine climbing a staircase that is one mile high? Seems like a lot, right?  It would be the same as climbing the Empire State Building more than four times, the Washington Monument nine times, or Niagara Falls 31 times. But an amazing feat like climbing a mile-high staircase ...
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New Leader Questions
Whether it’s your first leadership position or your fifty-first, taking over can be a challenging business.  One key to success? Don’t start out by answering questions; start by asking them.  Today we’ll talk about four new leader questions you should ask, and how to get the answers so that you can lead ...
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Nonconformist
I’m not paying you to agree with me.  I’m paying you to think. That’s Colin Powell’s approach to leadership. When it’s time for planning and problem-solving, the best leaders aren’t looking for unity and agreement. They want the opposite. They want dialogue, a clash of ideas.  It’s not the time ...
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I have led groups ranging from 3 to 333, from office jungles to the jungles of Central America.  Whether on active duty in the military or actively serving in the community, I have over 30 years' experience getting things done through people.

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