From the category archives:


What Matters Most After You’re Gone

August 18, 2014
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You know that job you have now? You won’t have it forever. Someday, you’ll accept another offer that seems like a better fit. You’ll accept a more demanding job for better pay. You’ll accept a less demanding job to have more time with your family. You’ll change professionals as your industry revolves. Your employer will reorganize […]

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Theory vs. Reality

August 15, 2014
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We are celebrating four years of Leadership With Sass! In honor of our fourth birthday, we thought we would flash back to our very first post. Enjoy, and thank you for joining us on this live-it-out leadership journey!  Theory: A contemplation or speculation; a guess or conjecture. Synonyms include concept, guess, hunch, suspicion, dogma. Reality: The state of being […]

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Are You Afraid to Praise?

August 12, 2014
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Everyone needs praise and encouragement, some more than others. Yet, occasionally leaders withhold praise from their team members because they’re afraid of the impact their encouraging words will have!

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Learn to Live and Lead in the Present

August 8, 2014
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Leaders must continually keep their eyes on the horizon and drive their business toward the future while still leading in the present. It’s a difficult balance, planning for tomorrow while still appreciating today. However, if we constantly live in the future, we miss what’s going on now, and the “now” is what we were dreaming about […]

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You Are Not Excused

August 4, 2014
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In a recent Leadership Promises daily devotional, I read that even a really introverted person will influence 10,000 people in his or her lifetime. That’s a lot of people! Of course, that influence may be fleeting, but it doesn’t minimize the impact that we can have.

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5 Common Characteristics of Successful Boardroom Meetings

August 1, 2014
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There are few places riper for productive discussions, contentious debate, smart decisions as well as disastrous ones than around the boardroom table. In my experiences both as a participant and an observer in various boardroom discussions over the years, I’ve identified the five most common characteristics of successful meetings around the boardroom table.

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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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