Hyperbolic Discounting and 7 Ways to Prevent Self-Sabotage

Hyperbolic discounting isn’t some crazy sales technique, but it CAN keep us from achieving our goals; here’s how to recognize when it’s happening, and seven ways to prevent our tendency to self-sabotage.

In Praise of Praise 5 Ways to Enhance the Power of Your Appreciation

Praise is one of the most powerful tools available to a leader; here are 5 ways you can use it to inspire, motivate, and even change lives.

Lost in the Jungle - 5 Questions to Ask Before Launching Your Team

Before launching our teams on any new project, there are five questions we should have answers to so they don’t get lost in the jungle.

Smiling at the Finish Line - 7 Ways to Avoid Disaster on Your Big Day

Whatever race we are running, if we want to be smiling at the finish line, these seven things can help us get there.

Courage to Lead - Relooking the Role of Courage in Leadership

Having the courage to lead is more than just stepping forward, there is something else we have to do with that courage if we really want to lead well.

Bosses and Burnout

Burnout on the job is costing us more than we think; here are three things we need to know to protect our teammates and minimize the damage.

Rocks in a Jar - 11 Things they Didn't Tell You

The “rocks in a jar” approach to time management is a good one, but they left a lot of things out that would help us be even more effective at managing our time; here are 11 of them.

Leaders and Con Men - Should We Follow Their Example?

When it comes to influencing others, leaders and con men seem to be in the same business. The difference is that we can use three of their tricks from the dark side to do some good.

Crutch Phrases That Weaken Our Leadership

The crutch phrases we use often weaken our efforts to lead instead of strengthening them; here are three examples to avoid.

The Leadership Test - Will You Be Ready When the Challenge Comes?

Anytime we step into a position of authority, we can expect a leadership test; here’s what it might look like, and several ways to respond.

Leading Former Peers

Leading former peers is one of the most common and most difficult things we’ll face as leaders; here are 27 ways to make it a little easier.

Plans are Worthless - Why We Should Plan Anyway

Eisenhower told a roomfull of military planners that “plans are worthless.” Here’s what he meant and how understanding his intent can help us face the next emergency.

Nine Secrets for Leading Sheep - No Matter How Many Legs They Have

Leading sheep is not too far different from leading people, as this would-be shepherd learned the hard way; here are 9 secrets to doing it well.

Leadership Trust - The Secret to Achieving the Impossible

Achieving great things requires a leadership trust between leader and led; in one simple story, here’s what that means.

Leading Through Transition - Tips for Leaders in Times of Change

Leading through transition is hard, but here’s what we can learn from a flock of snow geese about how to lead effectively when everything is changing.

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