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The Stink Test

The Stink Test: Why Leaders Need to Listen to Their Noses

During a long trek deep in the woods, we were faced with a mini-crisis that could have ruined the trip.  But by applying the “Stink Test” we averted disaster and finished the hike as intended.  Here’s what the “Stink Test” is, ...
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Bunker Hill

Book Notes: Bunker Hill – Right Vision, Wrong Goal

Bunker Hill by Nathaniel Philbrick was a thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish.  If you like historical non-fiction that reads like a novel, this is a great one to add to your library. Aside from telling the fascinating story of ...
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Leadership Paradoxes

7 Leadership Paradoxes: It’s Not What You Thought

Too often the new leader steps forward to take charge, but quickly becomes frustrated when people won’t listen to his demands. What’s wrong? These leaders don’t see the paradoxes of leadership. What they think they need to do to be a good ...
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infuriate the boss

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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Appalachian Trail Leadership

What Hiking 2,189 Miles Taught Me About Leadership

What can you learn about leadership from hiking for six months straight, covering thousands of miles, and carrying everything you own stuffed into a bag on your back? Plenty, it turns out. Recently I asked successful long-distance backpacker Greg Ward if he would ...
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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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