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Leadership Eye Test - A Simple Checkup for Your Team's Health

A leadership “eye” test may be just the thing we need to make sure the long-term health of our team is not in danger; here’s a simple way to get a checkup.

Leaders Go First - The Surprising Impact of Making the First Move

We know that leaders go first, that’s part of the definition of being a leader.  But there’s a surprising impact that going first can have on those who follow that is more powerful than we may have thought.

Visualization Techniques 5 Simple Ways We Can Influence the Future

Can visualization techniques help us see into the future? I think they can. Better, I think they can help us shape that future the way we want it to turn out.  Done well, visualization techniques are a great tool for simulating future experiences before they happen so we can influence the outcomes.  Here’s one way they helped me just last week, and several ways they can help you.

Dealing With Critics

Any time we venture out of our comfort zones, it can feel like we’re sticking out, vulnerable to criticism.  Someone is likely to say something.  Here’s how to deal with the criticism when it comes.

Preparing for Success - 8 Ways to Stack the Odds in your Favor

What does preparing for success look like? In this short video, a small team prepares to break a major barrier of human achievement; here’s what it takes.

Building a Team - What to Look for When Assembling Your Squad

Whether we get to choose who will be on our team, or we have to work with the people we have right now, building a team for the long-haul is not something we can do overnight.  Here’s a new favorite

Achieving Goals - 5 Ways to Make Your Dreams a Reality

How do we make achieving goals actually happen? The 28th of July was huge for me.  I had been chasing a goal for nearly a year, and was doing my best to make it a reality.  On that particular Sunday,

Getting-Their-Attention-The-Oddball-Effect

How can we get our teammates to sit up and take notice? By slowing down time. Odd as it may seem, we can actually do this, and unlocking this power can be an effective leadership tool. It involves a simple

Transformational Leadership

He found a creative way to complain about a relationship gone bad, but the words of his song reveal the difference between merely managing people and truly leading them. What did he say?   Today I’ll share his thought-provoking quote and

Making Noise - 3 Tips for Better Leading in a Noisy World

“Are we making progress, or just making noise?” Mark Twain has said a lot of funny and interesting things, but do you know what he said about chickens and eggs?  Or how his comment applies to good leadership?  Stick around

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

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