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

The Buck Stops Here

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Accountability. We talk about it. We toss the word around. We say we believe in it and we have it in our organizations. But what is it, really? Put simply, accountability is one's responsibility for one's obligations. Basically, you hold true to the promises you make. With true accountability … Read more

There’s an App for That!

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Sometimes I have to wonder if modern technology has brought us too many conveniences. I know that statement is pure blasphemy to some people, but too much of a good thing can be, well, not so good. When you think about all of the technology gadgets we have at our disposal for keeping in touch. … Read more

Slow Down, You Move Too Fast!

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First of all, I'd like you to take a deep breath in and slowly exhale. There. Didn't that feel good? You may want to repeat the process a couple times, but do so slowly. (Otherwise, you'll end up hyperventilating, which would defeat the purpose.) I have to be honest, with all I have going on this … Read more

The Circle of Trust

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In the movie, Meet the Parents, Greg Focker, (played by Ben Stiller) spends the weekend at his girlfriend's parents' home and has to deal with her intimidating father, Jack Byrnes, (played by Robert DiNero). If you've seen this movie, you'll recall that Jack constantly watches Greg and repeatedly … Read more

Six Easy, Quick, and Pain-Free Ways to Increase Employee Engagement and Your Own Happiness

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Yup. You heard me right. Increase employee engagement AND your own happiness. You're probably wondering how on earth are those two connected? Well, as it turns out leaders, the level of engagement in your organization (read: company, division, department, family, etc.) is directly proportionate … Read more

Leadership Ah-Hahs and Faux Pas

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Saturday Night Live once did a bit on "Weekend Update" where they raised an issue that's been on many peoples' minds for a long time. Cover your ears if they're really tender and please, for the love of God, don't tell my Mama that I said this in polite company. But, well, they talked about how … Read more

Leadership, Employee Engagement, and Sending Men to the Moon

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On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy laid out his vision for sending a man to the moon by the end of the decade and returning him safely home. I’m pretty sure that JFK had no idea exactly how to accomplish this lofty goal (pun intended), he was no scientist, and I doubt he had a grasp on jet … Read more

Leadership and the Pygmalion Effect

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The “Pygmalion Effect” is a phenomenon where the greater the expectation placed upon a person, the better they perform. It’s really a form of self-fulfilling prophecy, where people will basically live up – or down – to the expectations and labels placed upon them.  … Read more

W.A.I.T.?

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I recently attended the annual convention of the National Speakers Convention and I picked up so many pearls of wisdom that I almost filled up a brand new notebook with notes. This was something that I heard someone say and I just had to write it down: W.A.I.T.? = Why Am I Talking? Powerful … Read more