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Overcome the Odds:
Master the Leadership Superpower of Perseverance

Even Superman had his struggles—Kryptonite, for one—but as the greatest executives, leaders and super heroes know, the best superpower to overcome the odds is perseverance As I wrote in my last post, perseverance can be learned and mastered if you make the commitment and accept the challenge. Learning means taking one small step to become […]
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How to Develop the Leadership Superpower of Perseverance

Unlike Superman who could leap tall buildings in a single bound, even the best executives and leaders cannot change their character in one leap. But if you struggle with perseverance, you can develop the leadership superpower of perseverance. I see this all the time in the clients I work with. They learn and master perseverance […]
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Leadership Superpower of Perseverance:
Who Will Persevere?

I’ve been doing some reflecting on the leadership superpower of perseverance. I’ve met some pretty impressive leaders who have persevered against the odds. What makes them really stand out from the rest is their impact, without commanding the limelight or fanfare. Their energy and attitude are distinct—sometimes refreshing, sometimes demanding. I’ve also noticed that those […]
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Leadership Superpower of Perseverance:
Who is Clark Kent?

Can you identify the Clark Kent with the leadership superpower of perseverance? It shouldn’t be too hard. Persevering leaders stand out from the rest and have a significant impact, usually without commanding the limelight or fanfare. Their energy and attitude are distinct—sometimes refreshing, sometimes demanding. Consider Steve Jobs and Lee Iacocca, who had the stamina […]
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Perseverance: The Leadership Superpower

Do you have the leadership superpower of perseverance? Top business leaders agree: life is a constant string of adversities—it’s our new normal. I see the rigors of today’s competitive business climate push even the most seasoned leaders to their limits. No organization is immune to setbacks. Some, however, are ill-suited for it and pay a […]
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The Compulsive Leader’s Blind Spots

When you learn to recognize the signs of a compulsive leader, you won’t have to look far to see it in much of today’s corporate culture. With a high value on accomplishment and productivity, there are many compulsive, driven leaders in executive positions. I know, because I see it all the time in the work I […]
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The Great Leadership Challenge:
Fear of Failure

Of all the challenges leaders face, none is more pervasive yet hidden than fear of failure. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy Leadership is a tough job that requires courage. Doubts, insecurities and fears make organizational challenges more difficult and, in extreme cases, insurmountable. No matter […]
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What Matters: Do We Need a
Values Revolution?

What matters in leadership today? What’s most important if we want to build sustainable business organizations? Maybe Gary Hamel is right when he claims we need a values revolution in business (What Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation.). In a 2010 Gallup Study only 15% […]
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The Wrong Way to Apologize at Work

We take it for granted, but there’s a wrong way to apologize. Who hasn’t said something in the heat of the moment that they regret? Everyone makes mistakes. We make insensitive statements, we speak before we think, and we let our emotions get the best of us. Then, we bungle our apology and make things […]
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How to Develop Better Noticing Skills

One of the things I try to do when coaching leaders is to help them to see what they can’t see, to develop their noticing skills. Everyone is prone to narrow vision when they are “standing too close to the blackboard.” Harvard Professor Max Bazerman’s book The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See […]
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