Are you Building a Legacy or a Résumé?

October 12, 2014
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I’ve written on legacy before (Will Anyone Miss You? Live Out Your Legacy and How to Build a Legacy of Leadership), but today I’m prompted to write on it from a new point of view. I’ve always wanted to live a life that has a lasting legacy, but of course I don’t get to decide […]

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Our Dear Hank, A Quiet Leader

August 25, 2014
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We never dreamed that just a few days after sharing, What Matters Most After You’re Gone, we would so suddenly lose one of our own. Hank Sasser led quietly. And the thing about quiet leaders is that we aren’t fully aware of their influence until we are in the midst of their absence. Oh, how […]

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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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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 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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Pay it Forward

April 17, 2014
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Pay it forward. The phrase alone makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside, doesn’t it? We love it when the car in front of us at the Starbucks drive through “pays it forward” by paying for our cup of coffee, and we, in turn, pay it forward by buying a cup for the car […]

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Who is Leaving? Who Are You Attracting?

April 13, 2014
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The people that care the most leave first. This was a key point in Seth Godin’s recent blog post, “You are not the lowest common denominator,” which references the methodical way that companies (technology companies, in particular) eventually, consistently lower their standards in product innovation and service in order to appeal to a broader audience.

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Don’t be an Idea Hoarder

April 7, 2014
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Did you know that the man some credit with inventing the radio died penniless? According to Art Cashin in one of his recent issues of “Cashin’s Comments,” in 1902, Nathan B. Stubblefield stood aboard a boat in the Potomac and broadcast his voice to several devices (and about 1,000 onlookers) ashore.

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Polished vs. Authentic

February 3, 2014
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I had coffee with a young emerging leader this week. She is learning leadership by the bootstraps (the best way in my opinion). During our conversation she said, “sometimes leaders can be too polished.” We went on to discuss how leaders that are too polished want to make leadership look good. They want to say […]

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The Leader’s Backlist

May 30, 2013
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A few months ago Seth Godin wrote a great post on “Building your backlist.” A backlist, Seth says, is what publishers call the stuff that was published a while back but is still selling. Authors and musicians have long had a backlist, yet as Seth points out, today we all do, thanks to the Internet. […]

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