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Reinforcements: How to Get People to Help You

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“I actually felt as if I was going to perish, ” said psychologist Stanley Milgram upon asking a subway rider for their seat. Asking for help makes most of us uncomfortable and we often go to great lengths to avoid doing it. We fear rejection. We fear that people we think less of us.

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The Journey to Servant Leadership

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I T'S NOT ABOUT YOU. That’s where servant leadership begins. Success is based on your influence in the marketplace and those you help. Or rather, it is significance over success. This is a very different mindset from a power-leadership model.

The 3 Mental Qualities of Great Leaders

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L EADERSHIP BEGINS in the mind. To lead effectively we must understand what is going on inside of us, so that we can lead ourselves. Only when we have developed a consistent habit of doing that can we then better understand and lead others and then collectively our teams and organizations.

Beyond the Drama Triangle

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Y OU’VE HEARD of the Bermuda Triangle, where ships and aircraft disappear without explanation. There’s a workplace equivalent, a triangle where good will and productivity vanish. How many working hours of the average day do you and your team spend in the Drama Triangle?

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Never Stop Learning

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W HAT DID YOU LEARN TODAY? We often think of learning as something we are doing all of the time. But we aren’t. Mostly we are repeating or reinforcing what we already know. And that gets in the way of learning.

Talent Wins: The New Playbook for Putting People First

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I F PEOPLE NOT COMPANIES, generate value, why isn’t talent at the center of every company’s strategy? It’s time to take charge of talent.

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The Essentials of Theory U

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W E LIVE IN A TIME of massive disruptions. It is a common reaction to this change to organize, reward, and promote, selfishness. Leaders and other change makers feel stuck—unable to redirect the course of events in any significant and constructive way.

10 Questions to Ask Your Employees Every Quarter

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M OST LEADERS (the less than great ones) can become afraid of learning their employees’ true feelings towards the company and its overall structure. In turn, they shy away from even initiating such conversations and asking the important questions.

My Father’s Business

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T HE DOLLAR GENERAL CORPORATION began in 1939 as J. Turner and Son in in Scottsville, Kentucky by James Luther Turner and Cal Turner. Scottsville was a small town of only 2,000 people and 60-miles south of Nashville. Not a great place to build a retail business.

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To Understand Complexity, Use 7 Dimensions of Ethical Thinking

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T HE BOTTOM LINE is that there is no “good leadership” without ethical thinking. We’ve seen what can happen when leaders make decisions based on personal interests without considering the ripple effect of those decisions.

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Barbara Bush 1925-2018

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F ORMER FIRST LADY Barbara Bush was a servant leader. One of the most beloved first ladies in American history. She was witty, smart, sharp, straightforward, unpretentious, and honest.

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8 Principles for Building a High-Performance Culture

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W HEN IT COMES to recruiting, motivating, and creating great teams, Patty McCord says most companies have it all wrong. Powerful is a book of advice gained from her experience at Netflix.

Moving Your Agenda

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M OVING YOUR AGENDA is not always easy. Yet, as a leader, you are remembered because you were able to move an agenda.

Burn the Business Plan

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I F YOU ARE THINKING of starting a business—and apparently nine million Americans are currently thinking about it and only about 500,000 actually do each year—you will want to read Burn the Business Plan by Carl Schramm.

Co-Active Leadership

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I T'S EASY TO THINK that you need a title to be a leader. So much of what we talk about when we talk about leadership is in the context of a title. It’s also easy to think that there’s only one way to lead.

Don’t Leave Workplace Civility to Chance

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W E'RE FACING a respect crisis. Civility and respect are not the norm in daily workplace interactions. They’re not the norm in our communities, either. Our own observations make us keenly aware of these dynamics. Now there is research to - unfortunately - support our observations.

6 Steps to Building a Community

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I N BUSINESS AND IN LIFE, it’s all about relationships. We are designed to connect with others. When we are connected to something larger than ourselves, we find meaning. We make a difference. Organizational health is facilitated by building community within your organization.

9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future

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I F SOMEONE IS WILLING to share the wisdom of their experience, it’s worth taking the time to absorb their message. By seeking out the experiences of others, we can grow faster with less drama.

Leading Clarity

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T HOUGH WE SPEAK of clarity as a destination—as in finding clarity—but it is more of a state we are in. We are in clarity. In Leading Clarity , Brad Deutser states that “Clarity operates on the truth that everything is connected.” Clarity connects.

Pass Judgment

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P OLITE SOCIETY teaches us that passing judgment isn’t nice. It’s demeaning, we’re told, especially when it’s applied to people. However well intended though, a reluctance to judge when leading people and managing an organization will hold the people and the organization back.

Humility is the New Smart: Are You Ready?

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S MART used to be a quantity game. “I I know more than you. I get more things right.” But Ed Hess and Katherine Ludwig say that in the new Smart Machine Age, that’s losing game. The new smart is about quality.

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Talent Magnet: How to Get and Keep Top Talent

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I S YOUR ORGANIZATION a Talent Magnet ? An organization so attractive that top talent will be standing in line to work there? Too many organizations find themselves in the positon of not being able to find enough qualified people to meet their growth goals.

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6 Characteristics of Type R People

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W E SEE THE EFFECTS of turbulent change all around us on individuals and organizations. Some people seem to be able to rise to the occasion while others fold in the face of it. Most of us don’t have a choice but to meet what the world throws at us head-on.

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How to Avoid the 5 Career Derailers

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W HY DO SOME careers stall while others flourish? The careers of one-half to two-thirds of managers and leaders will derail. “At At some point, over half of us will get fired or demoted—or our careers will flat-line, and we won’t reach our innate potential.

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Unconditional Gratitude

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W E ARE NOT AUTONOMOUS. Autonomy is simply looking at life as though we are a world unto ourselves. As though we did it all by ourselves. It’s pride. But the reality is, we are connected. The opposite of autonomy is gratitude. Gratitude isn’t dead, but it is in trouble.

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Killing It! How to Run a Startup in a Healthy, Joyful Way

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A MERICA WAS FOUNDED by entrepreneurs. Along with all of the other freedoms granted to its citizens, the freedom to risk and to fail encourages our culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.

How to Bypass Ego-Driven Drama

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T HE WORLD IS full of drama. Rather than deal with reality in a constructive way, we engage in drama. It’s easier than working on what we need to deal with. It makes us feel like we are doing something. We like it, and we bring it to work.

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9 Things Positive Leaders Do

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J ON GORDON is a prolific writer. He has written at least a dozen books on leadership that I am aware of. The Power of Positive Leadership summarizes much of his thinking and provides a great introduction to all of his other work. As a result, it is full of good practices and thinking.

12 Lessons for Entrepreneurs from Richard Branson

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R ICHARD BRANSON titled his autobiography Finding My Virginity because “You can only lose your virginity once. But in every aspect of my life—building businesses, raising a family, embarking upon adventures—I try to do things for the first time every day.”

You Unplugged: Prepare to be Spontaneous

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M OST OF THE SPEAKING we do is impromptu. And for most of us it’s spontaneous. We’re winging it. After all it’s impromptu. But, as we’ve all experienced, that doesn’t always go well. Judith Humphrey writes in Impromptu: Leading in the Moment , that “you must prepare to be spontaneous.”

The Power of Vulnerability

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H ANG UP THE CAPE. Effectiveness in leadership is not about having all of the answers but not knowing and accessing the power of those you lead.

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3 Strategies to Prepare Your Millennials for Their Leadership Roles

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M ANY EXPERIENCED LEADERS predict a skill and experience crisis at the management level due to the vast numbers of retiring Baby Boomers. They may have cause for concern. Estimates from multiple sources project that Millennials will make up 75% of the global workforce as early as 2025.

How to Avoid Your Leadership Gap

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T HE GAP IN OUR LEADERSHIP arises as a result of the disconnect between how we think people are experiencing our leadership and how they are actually experiencing our leadership. And where we find that disconnect we limit or even derail our leadership potential.

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First Look: Leadership Books for June 2018

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Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in June 2018. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases this month. Never Stop Learning : Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, and Thrive by Bradley R. Staats. Straight Talk for Startups : 100 Insider Rules for Beating the Odds-From Mastering the Fundamentals to Selecting Investors, Fundraising, Managing Boards, and Achieving Liquidity by Randy Komisar and Jantoon Reigersman.

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The Excellence Dividend

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T OM PETERS has produced another thought-provoking book. The Excellence Dividend is 100% Peters. He is a fanatical lifelong learner and this book represents a summary of what he has learned over the last few decades. He considers it a sequel to In Search of Excellence.

Asking the Right Questions Often Leads to the Best Answer

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B EING A LEADER often means making far-reaching decisions that require major investments of time, resources, and energy. Complete certainty is seldom possible. Competing agendas often complicate the process. The future is never something you can take for granted.

Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It

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W E ARE IN the golden age of meltdowns, write Chris Clearfield and Andras Tilcsik. More and more of our systems are in the danger zone, but our ability to manage them hasn’t quite caught up. The result: things fall apart.”

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Blowing Past Our Limits

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W INTER OLYMPIC gold medalist Picabo Street said, “To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.”. We do not come to our potential without struggle.

Jeffrey Immelt's 7 Lessons on How to Lead Through Massive Changes

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J EFFREY IMMELT took over General Electric from Jack Welch at a time of increasing instability. He says, "The task of the CEO has never been as difficult as it is today. In that vein, my story is one of progress versus perfection.

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Creating Great Choices

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O FTEN WHEN FACED with a problem we see only a single solution or perhaps none at all. When we get stuck we need to create new and better choices. Choices that solve the problem in a new, more successful way without the compromises we usually settle for.