Decision Making

What do you stand for?

November 7, 2017
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Taking a stand for what’s right takes courage. If you just go along to get along, well then, you’re really not taking a stand. Taking a stand means believing in something so much that you will stand up for it, protect it, and positively influence others about it. Many times we are tempted to not […]

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Are You Learning From Your Bad Decisions? 5 Questions to Ask.

August 23, 2017
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“When you start wiping out your history, sanitizing your history to make you feel better, it’s a bad thing.” – Condoleezza Rice We do that in business and in leadership, don’t we? Rather than learn from our failures, our shortcomings and our bad decisions, we want to sanitize them, ignore them, gloss over them, and […]

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4 Dos and Don’ts of Decision Making

April 26, 2017
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Indecision is better than risking the wrong decision, right? Well, if you’re dismantling a bomb or performing brain surgery, maybe. But, in the day-to-day of business, there are few upsides to dragging out your decision.

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Delayed Reaction

August 9, 2016
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Each month several leaders within our organization get together to learn about and discuss a different leadership-related topic. This month our conversation veered to how quickly we respond to the needs of our team, and one leader volunteered to share a self-admitted failure when she took too long to take action on behalf of one […]

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9 Actions for Increasing Your Discernment

January 28, 2016
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Discernment: a beautiful gift that can bring value to so many in our wake! But what exactly is discernment? We’ve all heard leadership experts talk a lot about knowledge and wisdom, but we seldom discuss the value of discernment. I think it’s because it so hard to explain, figure out and teach… if it can […]

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The Difference Between Being Consistent and Being Fair

January 5, 2016
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I had a great discussion with one of my leaders in her growth review a couple weeks ago. She told me she wanted to get better in her consistency, that is, she wanted to be sure she was treating the employees she was leading equally. It turns out that what she was referring to was […]

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5 Causes of Dysfunctional Thinking

September 28, 2015
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This week I encountered a situation that got me thinking on the topic of dysfunctional thinking. What is it, and what causes it? We all have good intentions, but sometimes it’s our good intentions that prevent us from speaking up, educating others, debating, or making the best decision. Here five challenges that can lead to […]

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Lead from the Core

September 18, 2015
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For some, leading others comes naturally. For others, it’s something we have to intentionally work at. Regardless of how you’ve come to lead others, leading must come from your core. In a recent one-on-one with an emerging leader, I questioned her on a decision that she made that wasn’t to my liking. Her response was, […]

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Three More Areas Where Consistency Really Matters

September 14, 2015
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Last week I blogged on what our inconsistencies really say about us. While our own perspective might just be that we’re a big flighty or crazy busy, our teammates might see us as undependable or worse, untrustworthy. I also linked to a post I wrote a few years ago where I highlighted four areas that […]

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What Your Inconsistency Says About You

September 10, 2015
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In our typically hectic lives, consistency often seems like an admirable but unrealistic character trait. Sure, we grin at the endearing consistency of generations before us. My grandparents were of a generation that you could set your watch by! But in today’s world? Nah! Consistency simply isn’t realistic! Or is it?

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