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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

PowerPoint death march

Ever been on a PowerPoint Death March?  The lights are dim, the presenter drones on and on.  You’ve lost all sense of time and place.  You are long past the point of caring.  You eye the door furtively but you

How to Plan

Got a good idea you want to make a reality?  Have a team you want to organize to get something done?  Great!  Sometimes coming up with a good idea is the hardest part.  But now it’s time to turn that

Leaders Eat Last - Simon Sinek

The book title caught my eye because it’s something the Army has been doing for a long time.  One evening, while observing Marines eating dinner in the field, author Simon Sinek noticed that as a matter of routine, the most

Death by powerpoint - the Machine Gun Slide

Death by PowerPoint can take many forms.  The smart people at Microsoft have done a great job of adding infinite ways to make things on your slides bounce, jiggle, fly, sparkle, and make an astonishing variety of noises.  You can

The Shotgun Slide - Death by PowerPoint

I’ve survived many life threatening encounters with PowerPoint.  In the early days you might have even charged me for irresponsible use of this powerful but dangerous tool.  I apologize now for any damage I may have caused.  To atone for

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