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Taking the Easy Way

“What’s wrong with taking the easy way?” Sometimes the answer to our problem seems easy.  But the easy solution may not always be the right one.  Today in “Lines for Leaders” I’ll share what one famous person said about the

Planning to be Lucky

Can we really plan to be lucky? He said, “Luck is the residue of design.”  Who was it, and what did he mean?  And more importantly, how can we put his idea to work so that the lucky breaks come

Establishing Trust - Why the Details Matter

How do we establish trust? We know that establishing trust is a key to leading well, but how do we go about it?  An unexpected encounter in the back of a dark garage shines a light on how we can

Leading Your Army - Is it Really the One You Wanted?

If leading your army feels like a parade, you might be doing it wrong. Appearances are important, and first impressions matter, but too often we can find ourselves overly focused on how things look at the expense of how well

Overloaded - The Thing That Keeps Us From Leading Well

“Are we carrying around things that make us poor leaders?” It’s easy to collect things, harder to let them go.  But as leaders we have to be aware that some of those things, one in particular, can get in our

Following the Follower - 15 Ways to Lead Better by Following Better

Can being better followers make us better leaders? Focusing on following may seem an odd way to tackle the challenges of leading, but there’s a power in this approach we can easily overlook. There’s a danger in ignoring it, too. 

Setting Limits - 15 Ways to Do More By Giving Ourselves Less

Is having no limits really a good thing? We often find ourselves wishing that the limitations in our lives were gone.  We yearn for a mythical time when we can do whatever we want however we want for as long

The Eraser Test - How to Know When Its Time for a Change

How do we know when to change the plan? A casual remark by a friend last week got me thinking about the idea of flexibility and change.  As leaders, we choose the objectives and set the course.  But once we’re

Change the Game - 7 Ways to Build Teammates Who Can Do More

How do we increase the odds of “winning” with the team we have? At the beginning of any game, everyone starts with the same number of players on the board.  And in the rush to get things done, we focus

Reintroducing Quibbling - The Kryptonite of Leadership

What is quibbling and why does it matter to leaders? Do you remember watching Superman, and seeing what happens to him when he comes in contact with Kryptonite?  How weak and ineffective he becomes? I think that there’s something just as

Type 2 Fun - The Secret to Achieving Your Goals

Who knew there were different categories of fun? Not all fun is created equal.  If you want to accomplish great things, it’s the Type 2 fun that you’re looking for.  Here’s what I mean…

Learning to Fly: Innovation, Risk, and Leadership in the Real World

Most of us have probably heard of the Wright Brothers and their invention of the airplane.  But did you know that one of their earlier flights featured a canoe strapped to the bottom of their flying machine? Why would such

Authentic Leadership - Ornamental Hermits and Why We Should Avoid Them

In the middle of the 18th century in Europe, it was fashionable to have your own personal hermit. Sounds crazy, I know, but there it is. How did this come about, and more importantly, what can it tell us about

It’s happening already. If you go to a gym or fitness facility, you know this to be true:  there’s that sudden influx of new faces in the new year. With the turn of the calendar often comes a desire to

King Cannibals and Cultural Bias - Overcoming the Limitations of Convention

A strange encounter between a French king and several cannibals from South America sheds light on cultural bias, and what it takes for leaders to see past the limits of our own experience.

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