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The Answer to Boredom isn’t Variety

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Everyday Phil wakes up it’s February 2 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania – Groundhog Day. That’s what happens to Phil Connors (Bill Murray) in the comedy classic, Groundhog Day.

7 Faces of Distrust

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A reader asks, “Maybe a post on how to proceed when relationships have been eroded among team members? With a small team, I find it especially challenging.”

The Anatomy of Encouragement for Leaders

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Everyone needs encouragement, eventually. Encouragement feels like someone sat beside you and grabbed an oar. #1. Encouragement thrives with connection. Encouragement from a distance is better than no encouragement.

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4 Self-Limiting Statements You Must Stop Saying Today

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Stop saying, “I didn’t have time.” Everyone has enough time. Refusing to accept reality is belligerent insanity. Two reasons you say, “I didn’t have enough time.”: ”: You over-estimate your talent and abilities.…

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Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

How to Respond to Stupid Suggestions

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Leaders won’t seek input if they don’t know how to gracefully reject irrelevant or stupid suggestions. Don’t insult people when they offer ideas, or they’ll take their ideas to competitors. 5 types… Continue reading → Leading

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Questions that Fuel Energy when Your Tank is Low

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Two people face the same challenge. One rises and thrives. One stumbles and flounders. The difference is motivational energy. You are responsible to manage your energy.

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The Subtleties of Obstruction

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You don’t intend to sabotage your team, but good intentions aren’t the only factor in successful leadership. It’s self-defeating to punch yourself in the face and expect high-performance at the same time.

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Why Goals are Dangerous and How to Make them Work

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“If you want to achieve your goals, DON’T focus on them.” Reggie Rivers former Denver Bronco’s running back.) Goals can kill you. Summit-fever: Summit-fever refuses to take NO for an answer. Nearly 300… Continue reading → Decisions Goals Growth Leadership Leadership Development

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The Reason Leaders Pursue Excellence Will Change Your Life

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It’s not about doing your best. It’s about doing your best for someone else.

Forget About Silencing Your Inner Critic

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Your inner critic’s voice is louder and more believable than external voices. Others compliment you, but you know you’re a fraud. Forget about silencing your inner accuser.

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

How to Thrive When You Feel The Sting of Unfairness

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Unfairness abounds in organizational life. Your company merged with a competitor and your position was eliminated. You didn’t get the promotion. It’s not fair.

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7 Ways to Overcome Distraction and Do What Matters

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47% of the time you aren’t focused on what you’re doing.* You give yourself to trivialities when distraction governs your day. 7 ways to overcome distraction: #1.

Hugging in the Men’s Room

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Corporate life is dead because there’s no heart. I scrambled for something to do when he said, “My son committed suicide two years ago.” We were standing in the men’s room. The… Continue reading → compassion Courage Personal Growth vulnerability Growth Leadership

Dear Dan: My Boss Says People are Afraid of Me

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Dear Dan, My superintendent told me I’m not getting the position. He said, “You have great ideas, but take it slow. And he repeated, “Take it slow. Don’t rush anyone. I like your… Continue reading → Dear Dan Feedback Personal Growth Leadership Development leadership success

Stephen Hawking on Happiness and Expectation

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Disappointment, failure, and tragedy feel like tiresome in-laws. But it’s better to invite them in for coffee than to kick them out. A life of ease makes you weak. But don’t pursue difficulty.…

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Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Examining five years of anonymous data from over 6 million users in 170+ countries, Spigit has discovered that a culture of innovation can be measured – with a 99% statistical confidence level – by a metric called ideation rate. Download the eBook now for an in-depth look at this groundbreaking study.

A Must Read List for Growing Leaders

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A client requested a list of resources I referenced in the presentation I gave last Tuesday. Here it is… The Leadership Challenge, James Kouzes and Barry Posner “The five functions of leadership.” Dare… Continue reading → Leading

How to Find the Courage to Lead

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There’s plenty of boldness in leadership. But, sadly, there’s too little courage. The greatest courage isn’t the courage to tell people what to do. It’s the courage to tell yourself what to do.…

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The Future of Organizations According to the Wall Street Journal

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The future of organizations depends on skillful, empowered middle-managers. WSJ – subscription required.) Successful managers*: Motivate employees to act. Engage employees with purpose. Drive outcomes assertively. Paddle upstream successfully. Create accountability.

7 Universal Competencies for Success in Any Role

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Gallup reviewed three decades of research and generated its simplest and most comprehensive list of competencies required to achieve excellence for all employees in any organization. This post is based on my interview… Continue reading → Author Book Notes Personal Growth Strengths Success Leadership Development

Tough Comp Conversations: A Guide For Doing Them Right

Speaker: Rusty Lindquist, VP Strategic HR Insights at Bamboo HR

Compensation can be tricky, few things carry as much emotional weight as comp. And with the increased transparency in the market, combined with our collective propensity to rate ourselves against others, the frequency of these very difficult conversations is increasing. In this webinar, we will deconstruct some of the psychology around comp. We’ll take an analytic look at comp’s role in the employee experience, and then we’ll get really tactical with guidance on very specific compensation conversations.

My Favorite Word of Advice – v2.1

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“Practice operating from the place that you are the cause in the matter of everything in your life. Then go ask your team; ‘What’s it like being on the other side of me?’”… Continue reading → Leading

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An Incredible Meeting Agenda Any Leader Can Use

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Lousy meetings are the rule – vibrant meetings the exception. In an ideal world, meeting-agendas arrive the day before the meeting. But you don’t live in an ideal world. Spontaneous agendas result in… Continue reading → Leading Meetings and agendas Meetings

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Unstoppable Teams

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“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Unknown origin) Choose goals that can only be achieved with teams. When I asked three time Navy… Continue reading → Leading

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My One Word of Advice – v1.1

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I asked leaders, “What advice would you give someone based on the behaviors that have helped you get where you are today? Be as specific as possible. Translate “not” statements into positive behaviors.… … Continue reading → Leading

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How to Look Smart When Seeking Advice

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Don’t worry. You won’t look stupid if you seek advice. There’s wisdom in not-knowing. Ancient wisdom: Research agrees with ancient wisdom. Advice-seeking is smart. And it makes you look smart when done skillfully.…

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Bogus Self-Esteem and the Dangers of Shallow Praise

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Whatever you do, don’t criticize or correct. You might damage someone’s self-esteem. Sarcasm intended.) Bolstering, maintaining, and protecting self-esteem is the sacred cow of modern society.

How to Thrive by Creating Choice, Connection, and Competence

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New Book Giveaway!! 20 free copies!! Leave a comment on this guest post by Susan Fowler to become eligible to win one of twenty complimentary copies of, “Master Your Motivation: Three Scientific Truths for Achieving Your… Continue reading → Author Book Notes Motivation Leadership Development

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Bill Campbell Teaches Google Execs How to Run Meetings

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“You’re like a dictator dolling out tasks.” ” (Bill Campbell to Jonathan Rosenberg.) I was surprised when Jonathan Rosenberg said his coach, Bill Campbell, wasn’t focused on efficiency. He focused on relationship and community.…

How to Hold People Accountable with Compassion

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Pushovers prolong helplessness, failure, and mediocrity. But compassionate-accountability fuels boldness, growth, and productivity. You demonstrate respect for people when you hold them accountable. Accountability says behaviors matter. Who wants to live in a… Continue reading → Accountability Encouragement Failure Marks of leaders Culture Growth Leadership Leadership Development

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The Single Biggest Factor in Long-Term Organizational Success

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“What ultimately constrains the performance of your organization is not its business model, nor its operating model, but its management model.” (The The Future of Management, Gary Hamel) Factors of organizational success: Jim Collins… Continue reading → Managing Success Management organizational success

How to Get Your Team to Stop Dropping the Ball and Follow-Through

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Follow-through is the engine of progress. Poor follow-through, poor results. 3 dangers of poor follow-through: People don’t respect you. Procrastination drains your energy like a dripping faucet. Team performance drops.

4 Questions the Best Managers Answer to Energize Employees

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“The best managers reinforce how and why each person’s contribution is fundamental to the team’s success.” Gallup Four questions: First: What is your contribution? People are energized when their contribution is understood and… Continue reading → energy Strengths Success Taking others higher Feedback Growth Leadership Leadership Development

The Top 20 Ways to Say What You Really Think

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The false peace of not saying what you really think eventually sucks the life out of you. Speak up because you’ll complain less if things don’t go your way. 20 ways to… Continue reading → Complaints Conflict resolution Curiosity Decisions Humility Communication Leadership Development organizational success

I’m Successful Because I’ve Been Wrong

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A leader explained, “One reason I’ve been successful this year is I’ve been wrong a lot.” One of the best ways to expand your leadership is by be wrong publicly. When was the… Continue reading → Courage Decisions Failure Humility Marks of leaders Personal Growth Success vulnerability courageous leaders Culture Growth Leadership Development

Women in Business Choose How You Show-Up

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Choose how you show up, before you show-up, or you’ll end up pushed around by strong people and stressful situations. Tip: Before your next important meeting or conversation, spend a few minutes planning… Continue reading → Author Book Notes Culture Taking others higher Leadership Development leadership success

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How Men Overcome Discomfort Mentoring Women

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New Book Giveaway!! 20 free copies!! Leave a comment on this to become eligible to win one of twenty complimentary copies of, “Dig Your Heels In: Navigate Corporate BS and Build the Company You… Continue reading → Author Book Notes Leading Mentoring Leadership Development organizational success

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The Mirrors That Help You See Yourself

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Ego sees others but not itself. Egoless is a silly myth. Ego serves leaders well when self-interest drives service. But ego has a dark side. You have an ego problem if: Fault-finding comes… Continue reading → Curiosity engagement Humility Feedback Growth Leadership Development

4 Leadership Practices that Enrich You and Inspire Others

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Humility is a way of seeing others. The first practice of humility is seeing others as trustworthy. Extend trust: If there’s no risk, it’s not trust. Bob Chapman believes, “Trust is given, not… Continue reading → Fear Humility Trust Leadership Development organizational success

How to Knock a Box off a Stool with a Cookie

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In a recent workshop, I invited a participant to knock a small box off a stool using a cookie. She stood with her back to the stool and tossed the cookie over her… Continue reading → Feedback Leadership Leadership Development organizational success

3 Ways to Overcome “That Won’t Work”

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Naysayers are often right – especially when they’re roadblocks. What works,” emerges AFTER you try. We have a delusional ability to believe we’re right when, in truth, we have nothing to support our… Continue reading → Courage Criticism Failure Mistakes Optimism Personal Growth pessimism Success Taking others higher Culture Leadership Development organizational success