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7 Powers of Life Purpose

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Living without purpose is easy; just run around doing stuff as fast as you can. Life purpose is living in service to something bigger than yourself. It’s not self-neglect because purpose provides a gallant… Continue reading → Leading Purpose Leadership Development

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A Simple Reusable One-On-One Plan, Part 2

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“Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Anonymous You don’t have time to rigorously plan each one-on-one. Adopt a universal approach that protects time and maximizes opportunities. A simple reusable one-on-one plan, part… Continue reading → Leading


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A Simple Reusable One-On-One Plan

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Poorly planned one-on-ones squander time. You’re thinking, “Hurry up. I have real work to do.” ” Reusable one-on-one plans save time. Provide clarity, freedom, and confidence with reusable one-on-one plans.

Leaders Love the Most

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Leaders love the most. Haters ruin the most. “All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world.” White Get out of leadership if you… Continue reading → Leadership Development Leading love

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HR in 2023: Survey Insights and Predictions

Nearly 6,000 people weighed in on the future of HR. Here’s what they said….

Humility: 10 Simple Ways to Quiet Arrogance in Yourself and in Others

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Arrogance produces poverty of spirit. Humility enables you to become your best self. Comparison and contrast Humility says: You have room to grow. Others have untapped genius. The world goes on with or… Continue reading → Leading

A Free 10-Minute Plan to Include Leadership Development in Team Meetings

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Successful leaders develop leaders. High performing team members crave development. But your hair’s on fire. What if you don’t have time to plan leadership development? Leadership development in team meetings: #1.

2 Ways to Ask Questions Like an Expert

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A leader who doesn’t ask questions is a know-it-all with a closed mind. “My My greatest strength is to be ignorant and ask a few questions.” Peter Drucker 7 things good questions do: 2… Continue reading → Questions Leading

How to Reinvent Your Leadership

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Every excuse to stay the same leads to drudgery and decay. Inaction drains vitality. Dreams without action are sedatives. The pursuit of excellence is the path to reinvent your leadership. The greatest obstacle… Continue reading → Leading

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A Bad Boss is Like a Drunk Skunk

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A bad boss spews stink like a drunk skunk. Bad bosses don’t smell their own stink and team members don’t tell them they reek. A malodorous boss thinks stink is sweet. Only maleficent… Continue reading → Leading

E.B. White: On Hope

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North Brooklin, Maine, 30 March 1973 Dear Mr. Nadeau: As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman, the contagion may spread and the scene is… Continue reading → Leadership quotes hopes and dreams

The 5 Stages of Account-Based Marketing — and How to Win Them All

Successfully complete the five stages of ABM: define, identify, engage, convert, and connect. We’ll show you how to create a unified system with your sales team to help them land more qualified opportunities and connect with prospects like never before.

Saturday Sage: 7 Ways to Build Your Village Today

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Village building is for people who want to shine by helping others shine. A rewarding life might seem upside down. What’s upside down about village building? Villages are built by people who thrive… Continue reading → Leading

Crisis: 5 Ways to Fuel Progress When the Lights Go Out

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Never trivialize crisis with frivolous optimism. Smart people roll their eyes at Pollyanna leaders. Acknowledge bad and work toward good. The danger of crisis is magnetism.

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4 Surprising Times to Express Gratitude

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You’ll never be great and ungrateful at the same time. Gratefulness sees advantage where ungratefulness sees obstacle. Unexpressed gratitude is ungratefulness. 4 surprising times to express gratitude #1. When tempted to complain express… Continue reading → Leading

5 Ways to Spot Common Blind Spots

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You accidentally crowd into the wrong lane because mirrors have blind spots. Offended drivers scare the crap out of you when they blare their horns. First, you’re scared, then you’re mad! It bugs… Continue reading → Feedback Leadership Development Leading blind spots

The 3 Secret Blunders Leaders Make

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The most damaging blunders leaders make are the ones they ignore. A blunder you DON’T notice leads to a dead-end. The 3 secret blunders leaders make: #1. Leaving your best self at home:… Continue reading → Leadership Development Leading Mistakes Solutions dumb mistakes worst mistakes

The Ultimate Guide to Executive Recruiting

Sourcing the right executive candidates and filling key managerial roles in an organization can be difficult, even in the best of times. Download this eBook to level up your discovery process, talent sourcing, and strategies for reaching your best-fit candidates.

Great Advice for Leaders in Two Words

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Bad advice is dangerous when it sounds smart. Take, ‘get over it’, for example. Get over it’, isn’t great advice. It’s absurd and destructive. Don’t get over it. Become better because of it.… … Continue reading → Leadership Development Leading wise advice

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Saturday Sage: A Playful Life Is a Better Life

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When you were a kid you knew how to play. Recess was your favorite subject. You could draw anything, try anything, be anyone. Now you’re an adult. Your playful spirit shriveled. What the heck… Continue reading → Saturday Sage

5 Ways Arrogance Struggles on its Own

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Meaningful service and happy feelings don’t always go together. But arrogance – the hidden enemy of leadership – makes the burdens of leadership heavier.

The Journey to True Success

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I have, in large part, become who I was when I was a kid. True success is becoming your best self. Don’t waste years trying to become someone you aren’t. What happens when… Continue reading → Success Author Book Notes Leading Leadership Development

How to Write OKRs: 45 Effective Examples

Many companies are embracing objectives and key results (OKRs) as the best practice for committing to goals and following through. Objectives are outcomes that reflect current company priorities. Each employee should write OKRs that roll up to larger company goals.

3 Tips to Build Confidence in Timid Team Members

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You make work miserable when you drain confidence from your team. Confidence is fuel to face the future with optimism. Confidence turns toward opportunity; self-doubt turns away. Frivolous cheerleading doesn’t build confidence.

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Two Breakthrough Questions that Change the Way People Think

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We’re like bear cubs clinging to trees when it comes to the way we think. Resistance to change produces stability. You can’t climb a new tree until you come down from the one… Continue reading → Questions Leadership Development Leading

4 Surprising Things Leaders Aren’t Responsible For

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Stress goes up when you take responsibility for things you can’t control. You’re doomed when you confuse ‘accountable for’ with ‘responsible for’ #1. Leaders aren’t responsible for results.

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How to Elevate Your Status at Work

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When the boss shows up on the front-line, people notice. When a front-line worker shows up in the corporate office, people wonder how they got in. Higher-ups have more status at work than… Continue reading → Servant-leadership Leadership Development Leading meaningful contribution

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12 Plays to Kickstart Your Recruitment Process

To stay ahead in this race, every recruiter needs a good playbook. In this eBook, we lay out 12 recruiting plays that can automate key steps in your recruitment process, helping you reduce both the cost and the time it takes to hire the best candidates.

Organizing for an Innovative Culture

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New Book Giveaway!! 20 copies available!! Leave a comment on this guest post by Bella Rushi to become eligible for one of 20 complimentary copies of her new book, The Innovative Executive: Leading Intelligently… Continue reading → Innovation creativity Leadership Development Leading

Community Village: 7 Ways Village Builders Win

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You live an impoverished life apart from a village. Life on your own is empty. The richest possible life turns toward community. You need a community to flourish. Life is better when you… Continue reading → Leading

The Secret Power of Questions

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The power of questions is their ability to invite response. The danger is it might be damaging. Yes’ or ‘no’ questions shackle people with assumptions and judgments. Don’t you agree? Is that the… Continue reading → Leading

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Leadership Communication: 10 Reasons to Shut Your Mouth Before it’s too Late

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“Being able to effectively communicate is the most important skill any leader can possess.” ” Richard Branson Leadership communication: 10 reasons to close your mouth. #1. You dozed off.

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12 Tips for Selling to the C-Suite

The question for sales pros is this: Are you ready for the challenge, and opportunity, of selling to the C-suite? The following 12 tips can help ensure that you and your team are.

5 Ways to Become a Better Learner Leader Using Question Thinking

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Book Giveaway!! 20 copies available!! Leave a comment on this guest post by Marilee Adams Ph.D. to become eligible for one of 20 complimentary copies of her new book, Change Your Questions, Change Your… Continue reading → Leading

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Saturday Sage: Experience Can Derail Your Life

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Most job seekers are not brave enough to include bad experiences on their resumes. But painful experiences are more valuable than good when it comes to personal development. Every resume has a place… Continue reading → Leading

1 Simple Strategy to A Design Smart Questions

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Leaders look through three lenses when they ask smart questions. One lens turns to the past and one focuses on the present. The third lens focuses on the future. Your challenge… You don’t… Continue reading → Questions Leadership Development Leading Crisis open ended questions

5 Ways to Choose Generosity

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I was heating the grill to cook steaks when our son-in-law pulled in unexpectedly with one of our grandsons. We had two extra steaks in the fridge. But I wasn’t sure I wanted… Continue reading → Leading

The Power of Conversation Intelligence

This eBook will answer all your questions and more on Conversation Intelligence (CI) by providing a complete overview and its need in Revenue organizations - delivering impact from your Sales Development Representatives all the way to the C-Suite.

The Power of Wishful Thinking

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I stood beside the sink and marveled while dad proved his manliness. He whipped lather in a cup with a steaming shaving brush. His face disappeared in glorious white foam. The swipe of… Continue reading → Vision Leadership Development Leading hopes and dreams

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Best Advice Ever: Buy Premium Toilet Paper

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I had my first encounter with one of plumbing’s greatest inventions while in the Middle East, a bidet. It’s a thing of beauty. My best advice – if you haven’t tried one –… Continue reading → Leading

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Humility: Some Churches Practice Foot Washing

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Strange thoughts come to me in the shower. This morning while washing my feet, I thought, “Some churches practice foot washing.” My second thought was, “No way is anyone washing my feet.” They’re… Continue reading → Humility Leading humility Leadership Development

4 Questions to Focus your Brain Before it Derails Your Leadership

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Focus on something bigger than the wind. Everyone deals with challenges but leaders aren’t derailed by them. Give your brain something to think about beyond pressing issues, urgent deadlines, and nagging problems. You’re… Continue reading → Leading

The First 90 Days: Onboarding Checklist

Connect with your people from day one with this development and engagement checklist.