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4 Things High Performers Do that Low Performers Neglect

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High performance isn’t an accident. #1. Plan it: I have a friend who transformed his body from jelly to steel. He doesn’t simply show up at the gym. He plans his workouts. He… Continue reading → Leading Growth Leadership Development

4 Ways Weakness is Advantage

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Strength usually takes you further than weakness but pretending you have it all together limits opportunity and potential. Strength-based leadership is no excuse to ignore the benefits of weakness. Get over yourself. You… Continue reading → Encouragement Personal Growth Strengths Taking others higher weaknesses Leadership Development organizational success

From Polio to Three Gold Medals – Wilma Rudolph

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“My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother.” Wilma Rudolph. Wilma Rudolph had three strikes against her when she was four –… Continue reading → Leading

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The Top 5 Tips for Building Trust and Multiplying Impact

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The most trusted person: Earns the promotion. Gets the sale. Retains team members. Has the most engaged workforce. Delivers the best results. The team that trusts each other works faster and enjoys work… Continue reading → Trust Leadership Development

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Everything that Sucks Energy Begins with “P”

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Only 11% of us had a great deal of energy yesterday.* I asked a group, “What aspects of work suck the life out of you?” Every response pointed to a “P” word –… Continue reading → energy Leadership Development

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Michael Jackson on Leadership

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If you think leading others is tough, try self-leadership. Bill George said, “The hardest person you will ever have to lead is yourself.” Self-leadership means: High standards. Expect more from yourself than you… Continue reading → Accountability compassion courageous leaders Growth Leadership Leadership Development leadership success

Engaging the Secret Power of Identity

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You’re better at every aspect of leadership when you have a clear sense of personal identity. The path toward self-knowledge requires self-awareness, but 85% lack self-awareness.* Find identity in: Personal story: Experiences and… Continue reading → Criticism Fear Passion Personal Growth Strengths Values mission & vision Growth Leadership Development

7 Ways to Inspire Initiative and Eliminate Toxic Indifference

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You’ve been asking permission all your life. In school you raised your hand for permission to speak. When I was in first grade, we raised our hands to ask Mrs. Goodwin for permission… Continue reading → Leading

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The Ability to Say NO is the Power to do What Matters

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You can’t say YES to everything and excel at anything. Most people don’t enjoy saying NO to their boss, colleagues, or employees. But a world without ‘NO’ is filled with distraction, chaos, frustration, and burnout. Internal: Pressure to say YES is ultimately about you, even when your boss is a pushy jerk. You’re a people-pleaser. … … Continue reading → Saying No Decisions Leadership Development Priorities

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Grateful Leaders are Great Leaders

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New Book Giveaway!! 20 free copies!! Leave a comment on this guest post by David Nielson to become eligible to win one of twenty complimentary copies of, The 9 Dimensions of Conscious Success. Deadline:… Continue reading → Leading

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96% Believe They are Good Listeners and That’s Baloney

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Chances are you’re a lousy listener – even though you think you’re good at it. The problem is, 96% believe they are good listeners according to Accenture. But a Scientific American article states, “… studies… Continue reading → Listening Leadership Development

The Shocking Truth about Disrespect and How to Overcome It

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Nearly 80% of people who feel disrespected are less committed*. Those who aren’t committed find fault. Those who are committed find a way. It might feel good to ‘put people in their place,’… Continue reading → Appreciation Encouragement energy Influence Marks of leaders Taking others higher Growth Leadership Leadership Development organizational success

Under-Whelming Advice from a former CEO of Southwest Airlines

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I’m still grappling with Jim Parker’s advice. He was the CEO of Southwest Airlines during the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. Jim said, “I don’t think I smiled for two years.” When… Continue reading → Personal Growth Success Growth Leadership Development

3 Shifts that Bring Stability to Chaos

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Environments created by out-of-touch leaders are filled with frustration, distrust, and defeat. Disconnected decision-makers create distress. Deeper concerns: New systems and processes help, but the deeper concern of organizational distress is leadership. What… Continue reading → Change Marks of leaders Personal Growth Taking others higher Time management Leadership Leadership Development organizational success

What the CEO of Microsoft Pursues that Average Leaders Neglect

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The difference between average leaders and exceptional leadership is heart. Heartless leaders are deformed beasts that excuse abuse in the name of results. Empathy: Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, pursues empathy. His pursuit… Continue reading → Personal Growth Courage Leadership Development Leadership Culture leadership success

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Identify the Critical Few Behaviors that Energize Your Company

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New Book Giveaway!! 20 free copies!! Leave a comment on this post to become eligible to win one of twenty complimentary copies of, “The Critical Few: Energize Your Company’s Culture by Choosing What… Continue reading → Book Notes Change Culture Leadership Development

Why I Lock My Wife Out of the House

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I intentionally lock my wife out of the house. I lock her out because I love her. She isn’t a wild-eyed drunk. She doesn’t need time to cool off after losing her temper.… … Continue reading → Encouragement energy engagement Trust Culture Growth Leadership Leadership Development

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The Myth of the Magic Bullet: 7 Things to Do When Progress is Slow

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Progress is like learning to walk. You stumble forward, then you skin your knee. There’s no quick fix to the challenges of leadership. And thinking there is makes stumbling harder. The path forward… Continue reading → Change Personal Growth Solutions Success Leadership Development organizational success

Why Lousy Leaders Succeed

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The worst result of bad leaders is they deflate the drive to be good. Why try, if lousy leaders succeed? A few weeks back a reader asked why bad leaders succeed. His question… Continue reading → Encouragement Marks of leaders Personal Growth Taking others higher weaknesses Growth Leadership Development organizational success

7 Powers of Vulnerability

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Patrick Lencioni said, “I don’t think a leader can be too vulnerable.” It still freaks me out. But the ability to connect, influence, and inspire requires vulnerability. If others play it safe, lack… Continue reading → vulnerability Leadership Development

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My Disappointing Adventure with Humility

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Three years ago I took the VIA Survey of Character Strengths and Virtues. I received a ranked list of twenty-four character traits. The top of the list represented qualities and traits that are… Continue reading → Humility Leadership Development

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82% of Managers Have the Wrong Talent

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Gallup finds that companies choose managers with the wrong talent 82% of the time. Bill Clinton’s campaign for President was advanced by the slogan, “It’s the economy, stupid.” Organizations that want to attract… Continue reading → Humility Managing Marks of leaders Leadership Development Management organizational success

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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How to Take Control of Your Life in 2019

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If you don’t choose how to show up – before you show up – someone else eventually controls your life. It’s misery when you give control of your life to disappointing-others. A disappointing… Continue reading → Decisions Growth Leadership Development

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One Thing You Must Stop Doing in 2019

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2018 would have been better if you spent more time giving power and less time creating dependency. Misguided leaders create dependency. 5 signs you’re creating dependency: #1. Permission-asking is a national past-time… Continue reading → Leading

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How to Improve Weakness in Others

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Extroverts feel frustrated because others aren’t more outgoing. Introverts complain when they don’t get what they want – even though they haven’t asked for what they want. Arrogant leaders are irritated with others… Continue reading → Personal Growth Taking others higher Growth Leadership Leadership Development

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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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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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One Question and One Commitment that Enhance Well-Being

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One question and one commitment have the power to enhance well-being in others. But first, a Gallup study that represents 98% of the world’s population. 5 Elements of Well-Being: #1. Career Well-Being –… Continue reading → Encouragement engagement Marks of leaders Mentoring Personal Growth Taking others higher Culture Growth Leadership Development organizational success

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

Getting the Most from the Best Super Bowl Commercial of 2019

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This year’s batch of Super Bowl commercials was under-whelming. Even though CBS charged $175,000 a second, or $5.25 million for a 30 second spot. Even Steve Carrell couldn’t save Pepsi’s commercial this year. See,… Continue reading → Encouragement Personal Growth Success courageous leaders Leadership Development organizational success

Get a Grip on Your Schedule when Work is Out of Control

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Time pressure is a symptom of technology, ignorance, and arrogance. The promise of more time and shorter workweeks is a fantasy for the leaders I work with. Technology shrinks time and expands a… Continue reading → Humility Time management Growth Leadership Development

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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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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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 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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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

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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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 Find Power when you Feel Weak

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I casually asked my wife, “Isn’t it surprising how long this toothpaste is lasting?” We laughed for two days when I finally confessed that I had been adding toothpaste to the old tube… Continue reading → Leading

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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

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