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The George H.W. Bush Quote They’re Getting Wrong

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I’ve seen a George H.W. Bush quote floating around on the Internet that completely misses the point. Former President George Bush didn’t say, “I think history will point out some of the things… Continue reading → Humility Mistakes Personal Growth Servant-leadership Success Leadership Development organizational success

What’s Twice as Important as Technical Skill

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The difference between top and average performers isn’t technical skill. Yes, in order to succeed you need technical skill. But to thrive at top levels of organizational leadership you need something more than… Continue reading → Feedback Values Leadership Leadership Development

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You See Things As You Are – Not as They Are

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“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are,” attributed to Anais Nin. You believe you are the answer. You see what you look for and defend what you see. Seeing:… Continue reading → Curiosity Personal Growth Solutions Strengths Growth Leadership Development organizational success

Tips for Engaging with People Who Matter Most

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New Book giveaway!! 20 complimentary copies available. Leave a comment on this guest post by Rodger Dean Duncan to become eligible to win one of TWENTY complimentary copies of, “LeaderSHOP.” Deadline: 12/16/2018) We… Continue reading → Leading

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How Leaders Build Resilience in Good Times & Bad Times

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New Book giveaway!! 20 complimentary copies available. Leave a comment on this guest post by Dr. Jeanie Cockell and Dr. Joan McArthur-Blairn to become eligible to win one of TWENTY complimentary copies of,… Continue reading → Author Book Notes

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New Results Using Old Methods is a Frustrating Myth

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The only way to achieve greater success using old methods is to work harder. But doing more with less has a limited lifespan. Working harder only works when you aren’t working hard already.… … Continue reading → Success Taking others higher Feedback Growth Leadership Development organizational success

The Last Words of George H. W. Bush

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Former President George H. Bush passed away Friday, November 30, 2018 at age 94. It’s reported that his last conversation was with his son, former President George W. The New Your… Continue reading → Questions Success Taking others higher Leadership Development

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How to Overcome the Voice of Experience

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The negative impact of experience is a closed mind. The story of David and Goliath in the Hebrew Bible illustrates the power of embracing new methods when facing unexpected challenges. The voice of… Continue reading → Leading Marks of leaders Personal Growth Success courageous leaders Growth organizational success

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The Science of Gratitude

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The more you learn about gratitude, the more it becomes a magic elixir. Robert Emmons, one of the world’s leading experts on gratitude, says… Gratitude has the power to: Heal. Energize. Change lives. Defining… Continue reading → Gratitude Leadership Development

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3 Questions to a Decision When Things are Uncertain

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Ambiguity is always present in a world filled with people, change, and opportunity. Only the dead are certain. In praise of imperfect decisions: Clarity and confidence develop as you go, not before you… Continue reading → Decisions Growth Leadership Development

3 Things Successful Leaders Do that Average Leaders Don’t Do

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The things left out are often the things that make the greatest difference. I often ask groups to make a list of things leaders do. I’ve never had them list the most important… Continue reading → Personal Growth Leadership Development organizational success

How to Defeat Self-Doubt like a Leader

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Self-doubt laughs when you squander your talent. Shelves filled with books on self-confidence speak to a universal truth. We seek what we lack. Self-doubt: Amplifies the volume of your inner critic. Magnifies the… Continue reading → Leading

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10 Questions That Expose Toxic People

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The deadliest person on your team is a high performing toxic person. Toxic people: Brag about using power and manipulation to get what they want out of others. Blame you when they offend… Continue reading → Accountability Culture Personal Growth Success Leadership Development

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7 Powerful Ways to Elevate Leadership with Gratitude

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You see what you look for and defend what you see. If you assume the worst, you find fault. If you look for problems, you find obstacles. If you look for progress, you… Continue reading → Gratitude Leadership Development

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The Scariest Thing about Introverts

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Introverts drive extroverts crazy. Or should I say, extroverts drive introverts crazy? “… 65% of senior corporate executives viewed introversion as a barrier to leadership…” (HBR) The blank stare: The scariest thing about… Continue reading → Communication Personal Growth Taking others higher Leadership Development organizational success

How Curiosity Energizes Team Members

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I asked a question that drained a leader’s energy. She’s facing new challenges and feels trapped. Meeting challenges, seizing opportunities, and solving people-issues require energy. It’s true that serving in ways that align… Continue reading → Change Curiosity energy Managing Strengths Taking others higher Leadership Development organizational success Questions

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How to Build a Learn-it-All Organization in a Know-it-All World

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Relationships are p **g contests in know-it-all organizations. It’s a losing proposition to work for know-it-alls. YOU’RE never good enough. THEY’RE always right. People don’t listen, learn, and improve in know-it-all organizations. They’re too… Continue reading → Curiosity Marks of leaders Personal Growth Taking others higher Culture Leadership Leadership Development organizational success Questions

How to Make Meaningful Change

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It takes no courage to stand aloof and complain. Do you wish to lead? Change something. #1. Accept the messy. Acceptance isn’t approval. “The first step toward change is awareness. The second step… Continue reading → Change Leadership Development Leadership

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Navigating Turbulence when Forming New Teams

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You can’t predict the path forward when facing new challenges. But leading a new team, thanks to “Tuckman’s Stages,” has elements of predictability. Four stages – plus one: #1. Forming: Mission – What… Continue reading → Taking others higher Teams

Two Secrets to Engagement You Can Employ Today

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From January to June of 2018, 53% of workers in the U.S. were “not engaged” at work. 13% were actively disengaged. The latter group were working against their organization. Gallop) Complaints of incompetence:… Continue reading → energy engagement Leadership Development Management organizational success

How to Respond to an Angry Employee

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Don’t ad lib when emotion is high. Prepare yourself to respond to an angry employee. Develop a plan. How to respond to an angry employee: #1. Emotion comes first. Diffuse hot emotion before solving tough… Continue reading → Anger Goals Solutions Stress Communication Leadership Development

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How to Manage the Bottom 15%

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At WD-40 about 60% believe they can achieve their career goals without leaving the company. The strategy is simple, but not necessarily easy.* Learn Leap Repeat “Every single person in your organization is… Continue reading → Leading Growth Leadership Development

7 Ways to Help Your Boss Be a Better Listener

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Listening is the first step back from the abyss of lousy leadership. But what if your boss is a lousy listener? Listening leaders are better leaders. 7 Ways to Help Your Boss Be… Continue reading → Communication Listening Leadership Development

The Fear of Failure Makes You Small

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The paralyzing fear of failure makes you small. Fear of failure prevents you from trying new things. If you aren’t certain of success you won’t begin. If you can’t do it well, you… Continue reading → Author Courage Fear Interview Book Notes fear of failure

The Truth About Filling Your Own Cup

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Servant leadership is pouring out for the advantage of others. But you can’t serve effectively with an empty cup. Your cup is empty because you poured out more than you poured in. The… Continue reading → energy Personal Growth Success Growth Leadership Development

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How to Gain Power when you Feel Powerless

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Many emails I receive concern frustration caused by feeling powerless. Something’s wrong and change seems unlikely. Abuse gives power a bad name, but you need power to get things done. How to gain… Continue reading → Change Power Strengths Success Taking others higher Leadership Development organizational success

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How to Fuel Energy and Explore Possibility

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The need for a quick solution prevents leaders from asking powerful questions. What if questions are more powerful than statements? Powerful questions: #1. Ignite curiosity. Curiosity comes before solution and innovation. You know… Continue reading → Decisions Questions Leadership Development organizational success

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How to Give Guidance Without Giving Answers

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The great temptation of leadership is giving answers instead of guidance. Experience makes answer-giving easy. But there’s an ego factor as well. It feels great to KNOW when others don’t. At first, giving… Continue reading → Coaching Decisions Humility Marks of leaders Personal Growth Growth Leadership Development

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How to Lead with the Power of Humility

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The seductions of arrogance wreck leaders, demoralize teams, and destroy organizations. The only thing more dangerous than ignorance is arrogance.” Attributed to Albert Einstein.) Everything good in leadership begins with humility. Subtleties of… Continue reading → Humility Leadership Development organizational success

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10 Ways to Start Your Day Like a Leader

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Peak performance is built on rest. Exhaustion breeds discouragement and fear. I hope you woke up this morning refreshed. 10 ways to start your day like a leader. Take two minutes this morning… Continue reading → Optimism Personal Growth Stress Success Leadership Development leadership success

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Choose Your Focus Because Your Eyes Control Your Tongue

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Teams and organizations move in the direction of the words they use. The most important thing I can say about your tongue is it’s a rudder. 7 powers of words: Words determine direction. … Continue reading → Communication Complaints Culture Marks of leaders Leadership Leadership Development organizational success

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How to Send Signals that Enable Connection

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Imagine you just met Wilma at a party. You’re shaking hands when she says, “I’m Wilma. I’m the CEO of Widgets Across America.” Choose to build trust rather than create distance. Connect… Continue reading → Curiosity Encouragement Questions Taking others higher Growth Leadership Development

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6 Reasons Employees Don’t Talk to Their Managers

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Employees talk more and managers talk less in successful one-on-ones. 6 reasons employees don’t talk to their managers: Cold professional culture. Caring happens outside work. Talkative managers. Curiosity about people is rare. Intimidating… Continue reading → Communication Culture Feedback Listening Personal Growth Taking others higher Leadership Development organizational success

The True Power of Purpose

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Purpose makes you work when others rest and keep trying when success only glimmers in the distance. A leader with purpose can’t be stopped. Foolish: When you find purpose, you’re like a… Continue reading → Leading

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You Can’t Win if You Don’t Know How to Play

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His real name was Harvard. But we called my wife’s grandfather Tampie. Don’t play checkers with Tampie. The outcome was foreordained. He toyed with us whenever he convinced a sacrificial lamb to play.… … Continue reading → Marks of leaders Leadership Development leadership success

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5 Ways to Stop Solving the Wrong Problem

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“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” Peter Drucker The leaders’ job is to help their team identify the RIGHT problem before coming up… Continue reading → Solutions Leadership Development

Only One in Ten Have the Talent to Manage

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“Gallup’s research reveals that about one in 10 people possess the talent to manage.” ” (Gallup) The myth of the great leader riding in on a white horse pollutes our thinking about the value… Continue reading → Leading Managing Leadership Management

Why Humility Delivers More Results Than Arrogance

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Arrogance holds you back. Humility propels you forward. Courage and humility: You’d be wrong if you said humility is kin to fear. Courage is the willingness and ability to fail and try… Continue reading → Humility arrogance


The Four Children of Humility

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Let’s be honest. You don’t need to be humble to earn money, position, power, even admiration. Arrogant leaders “succeed” Think of Donald Trump, Kanye West, and Kim Kardashian. (I I Googled “arrogant celebrities.) Some… Continue reading → Humility Leadership Development

How to Overcome Arrogance

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All that’s ugly in leadership begins with arrogance. You might be arrogant if you: Look down your nose on those you serve. Arrogance views others as burdens and irritations. Beat yourself up over… Continue reading → Humility Servant-leadership arrogance Growth

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There Are Only Three Ways to Get More Done

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Pressure to put more in your cup – when your cup already overflows – stresses you out and drains your energy. The cycle of death: Work hard – Succeed – Get more to… Continue reading → energy Marks of leaders Solutions Stress Leadership Leadership Development

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How to Coach Your Boss to Success without Losing Your Job

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Leadership success centers on bringing out the best in others, even your boss. Most leaders don’t enjoy being told what to do. Use questions rather than directions. But avoid manipulation. 3 strategies to… Continue reading → Coaching Influence Trust Growth Leadership Development

The Music of Day-to-Day Leadership

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If you want to be a better leader, choose better words. Power of words: People determine if you are positive or negative, backward-looking or forward-focused, follower or leader, weak or powerful by… Continue reading → Communication Complaints Leadership Development