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5 Steps to Make Change Stick

As a leader, how effective are you with personal change management? Can you make change stick? What I’ve found is that one of the best ways to ensure successful habit change is to be clear about your reasons and priorities. This may seem easier said than done, even for the most successful leaders, because we’re […]
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Make Change Stick: 3 Questions for Success

Even the most successful leaders have tried and failed to make change stick, while others seem more successful. What makes the difference? As much as we’d like to believe otherwise, we humans have far less personal control than we like to think we have. We largely go about our days operating out of automatic patterns […]
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Make Change Stick: Knowing Isn’t Enough

When it comes to personal change, like breaking or making a new habit, even the best leaders can struggle. It is difficult to make change stick. A hallmark of great leadership is adaptability and growth. I’ve written about this type of mindset, here. But changing habits—making changes stick—can be one of the hardest things to […]
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How Great Leaders Motivate Other People

I’ve been exploring employee motivation and how great leaders motivate other people. This topic comes up frequently in my coaching practice: If it weren’t hard enough to motivate ourselves when tired or bored, it’s even harder to persuade others into action. At one time, it was believed that you used rewards (carrots) to encourage behaviors and […]
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How to Overcome a Good-Enough Culture

Yes; you can overcome a good-enough culture. Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. ~ Theodore Roosevelt I’ve been exploring how organizations suffer from a culture of “good-enough.” It’s typically a top-down job, and just like the frog in the kettle, can take you by surprise. But the good news […]
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Overcoming Mediocrity in a
Good-Enough Culture

If your organization suffers from a good-enough culture, take heart: there are steps leaders can take in overcoming mediocrity.
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Symptoms of “Good-Enough” Leaders

It might be shocking to think, but you might be seeing symptoms of “good-enough” leaders in your organization.  I’ve been exploring how organizations suffer from a culture of “good-enough.”  What I’ve found in my coaching practice is that leaders in these organizations are not focused on excellence. They send signals that they don’t care―­some signs are subtle, […]
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Here’s How a Good-Enough Culture Takes Root

In my previous post on a “good-enough” culture, I explored the many ways mediocrity wastes billions of dollars in organizations. Like most organizational culture, it flows down from the top of the organization. It takes root when leaders believe that a “good-enough” approach is acceptable.
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“Good-Enough” Cultures:
Billion Dollar Waste and Failure

In organizations with “good-enough” cultures, billions of dollars are wasted each year by leaders and staff who compromise on standards. Such leaders endanger themselves and their careers by permitting a “good-enough” mentality. This risk engenders wide-spread mediocrity, but fortunately, it has a remedy.
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Self-Management:
Do You Know Where You Are Now?

At the core of self-management is your self-concept, and how it plays out in your life: the one where you’re a star and the one where you’re a little lost. Reality lies somewhere in the middle. Your self concept inevitably reflects some reality and some fantasy. The two strategic questions are: How can you best […]
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