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The Unmitigated Power of Leadership Humility

It seems to me that we’re living in an era of self-celebration and those who often make the most noise get the attention. And it’s really no surprise: today’s leaders face innumerable challenges with employee disengagement, cloud-based speed of commerce, political correctness, cultural diversity, social sensitivities and a hyper-focus on efficiency. Pressure to succeed is […]
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Leadership 2018:
Allegiance to Purpose

I’ve been writing about leadership values and business ethics in recent posts. It’s clear to me that successful leadership in 2018 will require better business principles and allegiance to purpose. Let’s look at business ethics and principles from a different angle. In my opinion, it’s hard to come up with really good innovative ideas and products when people are driven […]
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Management vs. Leadership:
Your Purpose and Focus

As a business administrator, what’s your purpose and focus? Is it management, or leadership? As I wrote in my last post, the definitions of managers and leaders are far from straightforward, and they’re the subject of much debate. If you’ve categorized yourself as one vs. the other, you’ve likely been influenced by specific definitions you’ve […]
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Leadership Give and Take:
The Paradoxical Truth

When it comes to leadership give and take, are you a “taker,” or a “giver?” Western leaders have been conditioned for generations to believe that the way to advance is to claim as much as possible, to take more than you give. Many leaders make personal gain the objective of business life, and almost any means […]
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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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How Well Do You Know Yourself?

How well do you think you know yourself? Self-awareness is key to success in work, life, and relationships. I would say that it is the foundation of strong character, giving us the ability to lead with a sense of purpose, authenticity, openness, and trust. “Knowing yourself, and knowing the forces that affect the people who […]
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When Teams Lack Focus on Results

When team members trust one another, engage in healthy conflict around issues, commit to the decisions they make, and hold one another accountable, there’s a pretty good chance they will succeed. And yet… sometimes they don’t. When teams manage the first four dysfunctions of teams that commonly cause project failures, they still might fail. Why […]
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A 65-Year-Old Thanksgiving Message for Today’s World

It’s Thanksgiving for those of us in the States.  It’s time to pause and reflect, and give thanks for all that we are blessed with. The following Thanksgiving message was written by Wilferd Peterson in 1952. Wilferd Arlan Peterson (1900–1995) was an American author who wrote for This Week magazine (a national Sunday supplement in […]
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Boredom at Work: 6 Tips to Change It

Boredom at work may be more common than we let on. I hear from some of the clients I coach that not every day is filled with excitement and passion for their work. Although they may be doing what they love in careers they’ve worked long and hard for, sometimes tasks are routine. Others may […]
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The Emotion We Won’t Admit:
Boredom at Work

Even though you may have a great job, you can still experience boredom at work. Who hasn’t been sitting at the computer when a restless feeling starts gnawing away and thoughts meander anywhere but on the task required? “Boredom is an aversive state characterized by dissatisfaction, restlessness, and weariness,” Andreas Elpidorou, a University of Louisville […]
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