Book Notes – Originals by Adam Grant

What does it take to question the status quo and produce something original? That’s the question that author Adam Grant poses in his 2016 book Originals:  How Non-Conformists Move the World.  The answer he reaches might surprise you. Grant takes

Answering the Call of Leadership

Answering the Call of Leadership

When the call of leadership comes, what will you do? Often what makes leaders stand out are not the great deeds but the small acts.  Many of these actions may even go unnoticed by most.  But cumulatively they demonstrate where

Leading Volunteers - How to Keep Them Coming Back

Leading Volunteers: How to Keep Them Coming Back

How do you lead people who aren’t on your payroll? Since moving to Minnesota, I’ve wanted to get engaged locally as a volunteer.  Last month I signed up to help at a local agency, and it was a great experience.

Building Influence - 6 Ways to Earn Respect

Building Influence – 6 Ways to Earn Respect

What’s the secret to building influence? Becoming more influential is actually a pretty simple matter.  But simple doesn’t mean easy.  One evening not too long ago, someone gave me a brief demonstration of how to go about building influence, and

Visionary Leadership - When Social Proof Fails

Visionary Leadership: When Social Proof Fails

What is visionary leadership? In 1921, an explorer and naturalist named William Beebe was trekking through the jungle in Guyana.  He came across a large colony of ants marching along a path that they had made. Curious, he followed the

Delegating Effectively - It's Not Tennis

Delegating Effectively: It’s Not Tennis

If I’m delegating effectively, why do I always seem to have the ball? We all know that as leaders we need to delegate effectively.  As one boss even told me, “You have to delegate or die!” But sometimes it can

Stop Social Loafing - 6 Ways to Get Everyone Working

Stop Social Loafing: 6 Ways to Get Everyone Working

How come 1+1+1 does not equal 3? You would think that the more people on a project, the greater the output.  Sadly, that’s not always the case.  A phenomenon called Social Loafing leads some team members to do the minimum

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