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Remembering a Loyal and Loving Leader

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The picture that accompanies this post will forever be my reminder that life is about savoring the moment. It was taken just shy of three months ago during the first Christmas we spent in our new home in Durham, NC. The woman in the center of the picture with the look of pure joy on her face is my mom, Judy Eblin. She’s framed by her grandsons and their life partners, Andy and Donna on her right, and Brad and Renee on her left.

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How to Win with Pattern Recognition

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How often do you stop what you’re doing to step back, pull up and look at the patterns of what’s going on in your environment, and ask questions like what’s working, what’s not, and what’s next? The most effective senior leaders I work with take the time and make the effort to regularly engage in a practice of pattern recognition and analysis. Doing that puts them ahead of competitors who don’t by identifying new opportunities to leverage and avoiding being blindsided by emerging trends.

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Three Benefits of Removing Toxic Leaders

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There was a period in my blogging career when I created a side gig as a vocal critic of former Washington NFL football team owner, Dan Snyder. It started in 2009 with a post I wrote about how leaders could succeed just by not doing what he did. That one led to an appearance on the local TV news in D.C. I wrote three more posts about Snyder ending with one in 2014 about how when you find yourself in a hole you should stop digging.

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How to Show Confidence and Vulnerability at the Same Time

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Leaders need to be confident! Leaders should show vulnerability! Yes, and yes. In a LinkedIn pol l I conducted this week, 100% of the respondents at the time I wrote this post said it’s possible to exhibit confidence and vulnerability at the same time. So, how do you do it? I think it depends on what your confidence is based on. If it’s the force of your personality that you’re relying on, the sizzle more than the steak so to speak, it’s probably impossible to show both confidence and vulnerabil

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The Power of Small Rituals

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At what point in your day or your week do you fully unplug? It’s an interesting and perhaps a challenging question since, for most of us, our phones and all the data streams they provide are almost always in reach. Without some sort of intentional interrupt scheduled into your day, it’s easy to stay plugged in from the time you wake up in the morning until the time you fall asleep at night.

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How You Start Your Day is How You Start (and End) Your Year

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How you start your day is predictive of how your day is going to end. And a consecutive series of good starts is predictive of not just how your year is going to start but also how it ends. Over the weekend, I saw a quote from country star and fellow native West Virginian Brad Paisley that inspired this post – “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book.

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How to Get Promoted to Vice President

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It depends on the industry, but in most large organizations, a promotion to vice president is the entry point to the executive ranks. I’ve written before about what it takes to get promoted in general and have written a book on what’s usually expected of you once you reach the next level. Today, I want to write specifically about how high potential leaders get promoted to vice president or to whatever the entry level executive role is in their company.

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