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Leadership Tantrums

Leadership tantrums seem to be all too common, but throwing a fit just makes things worse. Here’s a short story and 15 quotes about anger to help you keep your cool.

Final Act of Leadership - Handing the Baton

Succession is the final act of leadership, but too many executives get this part wrong; here’s what to focus on to get it right.

The Best Revenge - What to Do When Someone Does Us Wrong

When someone does us wrong, what’s the best revenge? The answer might surprise you, but ultimately it’s the route the best leaders choose.

Herd Mentality

Native Americans exploited the herd mentality of the buffalo when hunting them; as social animals ourselves, what does that mean for us as leaders?

What's the Problem - Problem-solving Lessons Learned from Moneyball

“What’s the problem?” is the question we should ask before we start looking for solutions, as these clips from the movie ‘Moneyball’ illustrate beautifully.

No Finish Line

Being the first to the finish line does not always make us winners, and some of the most important races have no finish line at all; here’s what that means for leaders.

Restoring Faith in Humanity

The way things seem to be going we may be tempted to lose our faith in humanity. But a simple act by a stranger this weekend shows that perception is flawed, and offers clues as to how we can keep it that way.

The Power of Humility

The power of humility comes from the very fact that it lacks flash. As this short story shows, effective leaders recognize opportunities to act in humble moments so that they can lead best when it matters most.

Leadership Messes

A neighbor unexpectedly appeared at my door and wanted to come in. Was I ready? What if someone wanted to visit the teams we lead? What leadership messes would we want to get cleaned up?

Lighthouse Leadership

Lighthouse leadership is about knowing what direction to steer your team when the storm hits. Here’s a captivating short story about heroism in a storm, and four ways to help you lead in the dark.

Quiet Professionals

We tend to think of “leaders” as those who are the loudest and most visible, but I think it’s the quiet professionals who show us the highest form of the leadership art, as these three stories illustrate.

Three Ways to Keep Going When the Going Gets Tough

How do you keep going when it is hard to keep going? These three ideas can help you finish whatever marathon you happen to be running.

Non-Verbal Skills for the Virtual Team Leader

Non-verbal skills are key, but in the virtual team leadership world they are even more critical; here are eight ways to speak more powerfully to your virtual team even before you start using actual words.

11 Video Conference Characters and How to Avoid Them

You’ve seen these video conference characters before; here’s why they look so strange, and how to avoid their mistakes so that you look like a leader on screen.

Learning Leadership - Why a Little Disease Might Do Us Some Good

Learning leadership is no simple matter; in fact it requires a certain kind of disease; here’s what I mean and why you may want to catch it.

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