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Taking Control

What you do with your body affects how you think with your head.  Here is a simple way you can use this fact as a leader to get people’s attention and take control of a group.

Lean In - Sheryl Sandberg

One of the more recent and popular entries to the long list of good leadership books was Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.   Authored by Sheryl Sandberg, formerly a vice president at Google and now Chief Operating

Taking over a new team can be a challenging and tricky time for everyone involved.  The new leader may have lots of great ideas and changes he wants to implement immediately; the rest of the team might be apprehensive about

EDGE Method

A long while ago, Benjamin Franklin said “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”  He was right – the best learning involves doing, and the more the better.  Here’s a simple

Stop, Start, Continue

If you rush blindly from one event to the next, you miss out on the opportunity to learn and improve.  After a major event, what good leaders and teams do is take a moment to think about what just happened

The Sandwich Method

There’s no such thing as perfection when you are dealing with people.  Inevitably, something will go wrong.  After all, we’re only human.   As mistakes and errors happen, good teams get better by talking about what occurred and finding ways to

The Leadership Secret of Captain Ahab - Span of Control

Captain Ahab is famous in modern fiction for his maniacal pursuit of the Great White Whale, Moby-Dick.  He gets a lot of bad press for his poor leadership style, and things didn’t end up going very well for most of

rehearsal

At 3:30 in the afternoon on May 21st, 1804 the Lewis and Clark expedition set off from St Louis on their famous journey to explore the unknown territory west of the Mississippi.  On that first day they made it three

Email Best Practices

“Didn’t you get my email?” Ever heard that before?  Usually it’s right about the time everyone is figuring out that someone dropped the ball:  the cake didn’t get ordered, the drivers didn’t show up on time, or the meeting moved

Team Building Fun

Trying to get off the ground with a new team?  Looking for a way to get some bonding going sooner rather than later?  Want to make it fun?  Developing a sense of team within your group is critical to do

Brainstorming - 20 Ideas to Make The Ideas Rain Down

At some point everyone has a need to come up with a new idea. Whether it’s for a new fund-raiser, or a better process at the job site, or to solve an unexpected problem, brainstorming is one of the best ways

The Ice Master - Jennifer Niven

What happens when the leader abandons the people he’s supposed to be leading?  With The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk, I thought I was just reading another tale of epic survival in the arctic.  But as

How to Plan the Annual Plan: 6 Steps for Success

How do you get 30 very different people to agree on something?  How do you engage all those minds to come up with an annual plan?  It doesn’t need to be as challenging as interpreting the Mayan calendar. Every year

Adaptive Leadership - How to Match Your Style to the Circumstances

OK, so you have a sense of where your power to influence others comes from.  But how do you use this power to get others to do things? Different leadership approaches use these powers in different ways.  A quick search

How to Win Friends - Dale Carnegie

As a leader, I enjoyed reading How to Win Friends & Influence People and you will too. Part of what made it fun was that it is absolutely crammed with short, interesting stories and examples of the concepts and ideas that

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