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Leadership

Leading a Team Changes Everything

July 28, 2014
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You’ve probably seen an ad by Johnson and Johnson over the years with the slogan that “Having a baby changes everything.” When you have a child, everything does change – or at least it should. Your routines, your hobbies, your meals, your sleep schedules, heck even how you spend your money changes drastically! You change […]

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How We Punish Our Performers

July 24, 2014
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The gentleman who sat in the aisle seat next to me on my flight back from Dallas to Atlanta last week was clearly unhappy. I assumed his frustration was at the airline and his having to request to move from his middle seat a few rows up to an aisle seat next to me, so […]

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Stand Beneath the Weight of Your Actions and Decisions

July 21, 2014
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The ancient Romans were masters of architecture, and according to Roman legend, they were also quite adept at taking ownership of their decisions as well. It has been said that when an arch was near completion in ancient Rome, the Roman engineer responsible for designing and overseeing the construction had to stand directly beneath the center […]

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Look, Boss, I’m All Grown Up!

July 16, 2014
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One thing I enjoy about leading teams is finding young people with potential and helping them grow into great leaders. Unfortunately, I’ve witnessed a lot of capable young leaders in thriving organizations who eventually become discouraged, disengaged, and leave for other opportunities.

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How to Avoid Crash Diet Leadership

July 14, 2014
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I came across a great quote in one of my Leadership Promises daily devotionals from last week: “Everyone is looking for a quick fix, but what they really need is fitness. People who look for fixes stop doing what’s right when pressure is relieved. People who pursue fitness do what they should no matter what […]

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Who You Gonna Pick?

July 10, 2014
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People get promoted. They leave for another job at another company. They make a lateral move for another job at the same company. They retire. And yet, when it’s inevitably time to fill a vacant or newly-created position, many leaders have no idea who they’re going to pick.

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How to Create a Fear-Based Culture

June 30, 2014
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In the 16th century philosophical piece, The Prince, Niccolò Machiavelli, asserts that it is best for a leader to be both loved and feared, but if you can’t have both, then it’s better to be feared. After all, commitments made in fear are kept out of fear. And in a lot of cases, Machiavelli was probably right. […]

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Steward Your Standards

June 26, 2014
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“Stewardship” is one of those words that’s easy to talk about but much harder to live out. One of the most difficult things a leader must steward is his or her own standards.

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A Critique of Critical Leaders

June 24, 2014
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Sometimes I wonder if some leaders truly want to see their people succeed. For example, I see leaders delegate a task to a person on their team or an entire team itself, but instead of providing coaching and support along the way, they watch and criticize in how the individual or team goes about completing […]

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What Worries Your Leader?

June 19, 2014
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What are the top three or four things that worry your leader? Can you quickly answer that question? You should.

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