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Succeeding with Three Challenges that Derail Leaders

Three Challenges that Derail Leaders: Challenge #1: Self-development during seasons of success. Talent’s halo makes you over-estimate your abilities and under-estimate your need for growth. I often ask audiences to raise their hands if they’re smarter than the person sitting beside them. We all laugh, but there’s a hint of truth behind the smiles. Leaders […]

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The First Habit of Highly Successful People

Stephen R. Covey forgot an essential habit of successful people. Don’t misunderstand me. After scanning my copy of, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, I resolved to read it again. It’s brilliant.  Be Proactive. You are in charge of your responses. Begin with the end in mind. Rise above busyness to internal directedness. Put […]

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3 Strategies to Fuel Vitality and Eliminate Gossip

Gossip makes weak leaders feel powerful. It’s foolish to undermine the people you’re counting on. Strong teams aren’t built by spreading venom, focusing on weaknesses, or dredging up animosity.  Real leaders don’t feel strong by tearing down others. 5 drains of gossip: Complaints about others to others: Distract focus. Undermine trust. Weaken relationships. Drain vitality. Lower […]

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7 Ways to Defeat Complexity

The simplest way to get something done is do it yourself. Don’t depend on anyone. But, that’s not leadership. New connections expand potential and increase complexity. The result of unchallenged complexity, within organizations, is instability. 7 ways to defeat complexity: #1. Develop shared language. Diversity is dangerous when one word means different things to people on the same […]

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How to Hold People Accountable without using Authority

If you didn’t have authority, how would you hold people accountable? Don’t demand what must be given. Authority as a hammer: Maslow said, “I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.” Accountability is the nail when a leader’s hammer is authority. “You have to hold people […]

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The Secret to Solving Problems

It’s easy to make others responsible for problems in your organization. Someone else fell short. It couldn’t be you! When leaders blame, everyone blames. Blame is the reason problems persist. If you’re a leader, look around and own what you see. Finger pointing prolongs unhappiness. Others won’t take responsibility until leaders own problems. The trouble is, irresponsible […]

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