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We have much gratitude for all our clients, subscribers, and friends. At this time of year, we’d like to celebrate by giving you a process that can greatly enhance this holiday season for your family and loved ones. The spiritual and year-end holidays often involve bringing family and friends together. It’s so much about relationships. This is a great opportunity to show a whole new level of support for the special people in your life.

New Year’s Resolutions for Leaders

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Every year, millions of people around the world make New Year’s resolutions.

7 New Year Resolutions that could Change the World

Ron Edmondson

In the new year…let’s resolve. Whether or not you do New Year resolutions, we could all stand to improve some things in our life. And, if we do, I’m confident we could also improve the life of others.

Why the Best Leaders Have a Big Heart

Kevin Eikenberry

To be clear, there are as many different leadership styles as there are people. Yes, lots of smart people have created models to define and describe basic leadership styles, and yet all of us bring our uniqueness to the equation too.

What does a humble leader do?


. Humility is a virtue. Perhaps you’re aware of the importance of being a humble leader. But what makes it important, and how do you know if you are one? Why humility is important.

10 Immutable Laws Of Leadership

Terry Starbucker

There are some things about leadership that we cannot change, no matter how hard we try. They are the immutable laws of leadership, forming the backbone of any successful foray into this honorable vocation. Live by them, build on them, and lead by them, and you give yourself a fighting chance.

Henry Ford on Leadership

Leading Blog

H ENRY FORD was born 150 years ago, three weeks after the Battle of Gettysburg on July 30, 1863. At 16 left the farm to develop his skills taking an apprenticeship as a machinist in Detroit. Ford would often switch jobs when he felt he could learn more in another position.

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Impatience as a Leadership Virtue

Let's Grow Leaders

Patience is the support of weakness; impatience the ruin of strength -Charles Caleb Colton “Karin, we should be able to have this project done by the end of the year.” ” I listened impatiently as the team broke down the timeline, contingencies, and tasks.

A Leadership Trait that Saved America

N2Growth Blog

By Brian Layer , Chair, Organizational Development, N2growth. Today the U.S. Army celebrates its 238 th birthday. Looking back, its growth into comfortable old age seems inevitable but in its youth that outcome was far from certain.

Immersion - When a Punch Becomes MORE than a Punch

Chris Brady

There are three stages in life on the road to mastery of any craft: 1. Ignorance - this is the brief but enjoyable stage where the task at hand appears interesting and enjoyable. Without the. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Let’s Stop Confusing Cooperation and Teamwork with Collaboration

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Often the words collaboration, coordination, and cooperation are used to describe effective teamwork. But they are not the same, and when we use these words interchangeably, we dilute their meaning and diminish the potential for creating powerful, collaborative environments.

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Creating employee engagement through culture and job design

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Career Development Change Management Leadership Coaching Team Dynamics Workplace Issues In a refreshing interview, CEO Jim Franklin shares his company’s views on employee engagement. SendGrid’s approach to job design is both exhilarating and gutsy.

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7 Hard Words I’d Say to Every Pastor

Ron Edmondson

I love pastors. I love to encourage pastors. And, that’s Biblical. Ephesians 4:29…or something like that.). Seriously, I’m a pastor. And, I work with pastors everyday.

Eight Things Not To Say During a Presentation

Kevin Eikenberry

We have all sat through many presentations in our professional lives. Unfortunately far too many of them are, shall we say, “less-than-awesome”. Unfortunately, we see some of the causes for failures over and over.

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Why you need to stop telling them what to do


You know that it’s easier and faster to just tell your employees what to do rather than have a long conversation or to “train” them. When you need something done, you tell them what you need, and they’re off, doing exactly what you want, the way you want it done.

Why Leadership Needs To Be More Human

Terry Starbucker

I was always uncomfortable on a pedestal. Call me modest, or humble, or whatever, but it just doesn’t suit me. There’s something so detached about it. There’s a real physical separation between you, the leader, and they, the people you lead.

4 Reasons We Struggle with Ethics

Leading Blog

Ethics is about who we are. Ethics is not so much about what is happening around us, it’s much more about what is going on inside of us. Understanding the difference is critical to being a person with good ethics. Ethics are not concerned about what we can do, but what we should do.

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A 236-Year-Old Lesson in Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

Before he could become father of a country, George Washington had to create a new way to lead – and his example is still worth following.

7 Ways to Inspire Courage

Let's Grow Leaders

You know they can do it. They’re scared. Their lack of courage is a downward spiral. Fear stops trying. Lack of trying creates doubt. Doubt affirms negative self-perceptions. It breaks my heart to watch highly qualified, talented people let scared stop them.

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To Hear the Truth, You Have to Listen

N2Growth Blog

By Brian Layer , Chair, Organizational Development, N2growth. Thoreau wrote: “It takes two to speak the truth – one to speak and another to hear.” Most of us are great at the former but at the latter, not so much. Truth be told, most of us are poor listeners.

Personal Management

Chris Brady

"What do you do to stay so 'on' all the time?" the man asked me. I mumbled out some sort of answer and asked him a similar question. We finished our time together and parted ways, but his question. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

25 Funny Questions to Get to Know Your Team

Great Results Team Building

If you want to get to know your team better, the first thing you need to do is ask them about their past, their passions, and their purpose for being there.

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How to Handle Change

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development As market conditions, budgets and consumer needs change, companies will have to adjust to remain successful. However, change is one five letter word that often strikes fear into teams and employees.

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7 of the Hardest People to Lead

Ron Edmondson

Someone asked me recently, “Who has been the most difficult person you’ve had to lead?” ” That’s a great question. As a leader for over a quarter of a century (wow, that sounds old), I’ve experienced just about everything you can imagine in leading people.

Take This Oath to Communicate Change More Effectively

Kevin Eikenberry

Physicians take the Hippocratic Oath before they can practice medicine. Lawyers take a professional oath after they pass the bar. And people elected to all sorts of positions take an oath of office.

10 leadership competencies your organization doesn’t tell you about


. Many of you work in organizations that may have a set of official leadership competencies that you aspire to. Interestingly, these competencies, although perfectly fine, may be missing something. There are some secret reasons for success – or failure – that nobody tells you about.

The No-Boss Workplace: Can Great Leadership Be Crowdsourced?

Terry Starbucker

There’s an interesting leadership experiment going on right now here in Portland.

The Secret to Leadership Growth

Leading Blog

The number one way leaders grow is listening. Leadership feels like a talking role, but it is predominately a listening role. That can be hard to accept. It feels counterintuitive.

6 Types of Bosses

Great Leadership By Dan

I''ve been involved in leadership development for a long time, so I''ve been exposed to a lot of bosses from all walks of life.

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How to Be a Great Follower

Let's Grow Leaders

If your house is on fire, you want to know there’s someone calling the shots. More importantly, you pray for a team of strong, skilled, and courageous followers. My husband’s a firefighter, he knows the life and death importance of following well.

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It’s Not Impossible – It Just Hasn’t Been Done Yet

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. How many times in your career have you witnessed someone say, “that’s impossible – it simply can’t be done.” Perhaps you’ve even been guilty of uttering such a phrase yourself. Here’s the thing – leaders don’t accept impossibility as a valid thesis.

Don't Ever Let the Bozos Get You Down!

Chris Brady

If you are new to the pursuit of excellence, or are just launching upon your dream chase, or are just now responding to a calling on your life, you may need to be warned about something (or someone): [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Stop Waiting for Someone Else to Provide Leadership

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

The assumption that change has to start at the top is wrong. You don’t have to wait for senior leaders to make it a better place. Managers don’t have to wait for senior management to start a process of organizational revitalization.

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Leaders: Is Compromise a Strength or Weakness?

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Change Management We can hope that what is happening in Washington, D.C. over the past decade is not a mirror of what is happening in organizations around the country and world. The environment though sets up a key leadership question: As a leader, is compromise a strength or weakness?

10 Life Reminders from “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Ron Edmondson

Cheryl and I saw “It’s a Wonderful Life” again this year. That isn’t unusual. It was probably about the thirtieth time or so. We love the movie. It may be considered my “favorite”…if I ever had to declare one. This time we got to see it on the big screen.

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Five Reasons Great Leaders are Great Networkers

Kevin Eikenberry

Networking. For some that word brings images of hotel meeting rooms, coffee (or a cash bar), and a room of people trying to give you their business card. Others think networking is for sales people and those looking for a job. If your first thought was either of those things, keep reading. [.].

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Don’t forget the “thinking” part of strategy


There are very few great things that come quickly in life and leadership. Great leadership requires strategy, and that must be cultivated with good old fashioned thinking.