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7 Ways to be Impatient Like a Leader

Impatient leaders are like junkies looking for a fix. The drug is results. Unhealthy impatience blows up leaders. “Slow” is the source of impatience. Delay. Repeated mistakes. Incompetence. Lack of planning. Falling short. Advantages and disadvantages of impatience: Goal-driven leaders are prone to impatience. Impatience has it’s advantages. Impatient leaders: Feel frustration over lack of progress […]

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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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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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A Sweaty Palm Definition of Success

My palms get sweaty when I read, “We measure success by the way we touch the lives of people.”** Aim at nothing – you hit it. I feel a need to define my aspirations concerning the way I touch the lives of people. How will I touch the lives of people when: Projects stall. Performance exceeds expectation. Problems emerge unexpectedly. Performance reviews are […]

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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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4 Secrets to Winning

Don’t go through the motions for one more day. Survival might be success during crisis, but it’s failure over the long-term. Define success in order to win. Purpose defines winning. You must know why you exist in order to know if you’re winning. The trouble with systems is they turn winning into efficiency. Just keep the systems […]

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