Leadership Lessons from Santa

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Tis the season ... for running around, shopping, and scurrying to get to holiday parties, that is. I thought it might be appropriate to take a look at some leadership lessons that we might glean from Jolly Old Saint Nick. After all, he seems to have it going on and I figure we could learn a lot from … Read more

Work is Not a Four-Letter Word

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I'm not sure who originated this quote, but I heard it the other day and it resonated with me: We all pray for a harvest (success), but we forget that when harvest time comes, it's a lot of work. Similarly, my grandmother, ("Mimi") used to tell us, "Mais cher, be careful what you pray for, because … Read more

Leading Questions: Twelve Powerful Tools for Your Leadership Toolbox

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I've read that you should never ask a question for which you don't already know the answer. Oh wait, maybe I read that in a John Grisham novel. While that may be true for an attorney who's cross-examining a witness, in leadership it is quite the opposite. … Read more

Leaders: Do You Have Employees or Team Members?

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Let me ask you a loaded question: In your organization, do you have employees or team members? You might think that there's not much difference between the two. A matter of mere semantics. But I say there's a world of difference. For instance, if you have employees, you likely don't have … Read more

Fantasy Football vs Reality Leadership

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It's that time of year again. Yes, school is starting. Moms everywhere are emitting a collective sigh of relief. But what I'm really talking about is that it's time for some football. … Read more

You Can’t Handle the Truth!

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Let me ask you a question: As a leader, how do you handle an underperforming team member? Do you wish, hope, and pray that they will improve their performance, that they will change their ways, that they will have some mystical epiphany and correct all of their performance shortcomings? Do you turn … Read more

You Might Be a Leader If…

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The debate has swirled for years about the difference between leadership and management, with some swearing that there is no difference whatsoever. Well, I'm in the camp that believes there is a distinction between the two, and it's not just semantics. Now, don't get me wrong, I believe that … Read more

Leaders: To Get Ahead, Give it a Rest

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In business – and life – today most of us wear our exhaustion as a status symbol and our “bizziness” like a badge of honor. We put a high value on employees who are so dedicated that they put in beaucoup (that’s a highly technical Cajun term meaning lots and lots) of hours at work. I’m no body … Read more

Do You See “Dead People?”

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Do you see “dead people?” No, not in the sense of the movie “The Sixth Sense.” I’m talking about the walking dead – also known as disengaged employees. … Read more

Seven Steps Successful Leaders Take Every Day

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If I know you – and I think I do – your “To Do” list is as long as your arm. And the last thing you want or need is me giving you more stuff to add to your list. BUT, I also know that you are always looking for ways to be a more effective leader. Well, having learned lots of lessons the hard way, … Read more