What’s Love Got to Do With It?

October 13, 2017
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A leader’s love. Sounds a bit mushy, easygoing, vulnerable or weak, doesn’t it? Yet it’s actually a sign of strength and integrity. A leader’s love is a secret power they possess that makes teams and companies great. Leaders who put love on the sidelines don’t fully understand it’s magic and unfortunately miss getting the best […]

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The Struggle with Pride

October 23, 2014
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If there is one temptation nearly all of us struggle with from time to time, it is pride. Pride is one of the greatest afflictions of leaders. It is seductive, making us think more highly of ourselves than we should. Yet, shouldn’t we be proud of our accomplishments? As the old saying goes, if you […]

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Did You Lose Something?

May 5, 2014
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If you lead people, you know that at some point or another a teammate is going to leave. If their performance and commitment were lacking, it’s probably a good thing. If they were a top performer, then you’re likely quite bummed to see them go. Regardless of why they left, once they permanently step out, […]

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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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Leaders Are in the Weed Wacking Business!

January 26, 2014
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Getting “out of the weeds” is probably one of the most coached subjects I have with executives. It is when a leader gets too involved with the details of their business when they should be letting their employees do it. It is so tempting to get in the weeds. Why not? We built our business […]

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Serving Like Our Savior!

December 22, 2013
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This week we celebrate the birth of Jesus, a leader we should all strive to be like. He was loving, firm, and focused. He sacrificed for others, cast vision, believed in his mission, and was passionate about our buy in. He was patient, earned his influence, and led from the heart. He was courageous, inspirational, didn’t give […]

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Promotions, Privileges, and Temptations

September 17, 2013
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Each new promotion we achieve in our careers presents new opportunities to grow and impact others. It also presents new levels of temptation. What are the temptations that grow with promotions? Taking long lunches or not eating in the common employee break room areas anymore Routinely arriving to work a few minutes late or cutting […]

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When to Wear The Mask

September 9, 2013
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I’ve blogged about my perspective on a leader’s mask in the past. Although authenticity is one of the most essential and admired leadership traits, there are times when the leader must wear a mask to protect the team from bearing a burden that is the responsibility of the leader to bear. However, too much masking […]

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What Every Leader Must Own

August 26, 2013
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I’m a leader who believes wholeheartedly in delegating – not in an effort to get rid of work but to give our teammates the opportunity to grow, to take on increased responsibilities and to allow us to focus on the big picture. However, there are some things a leader never delegates. We never delegate the […]

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Achieve Real Significance

August 20, 2013
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Sunday evening CBS News aired a “60 Minutes” episode that included a story about Paul Tudor Jones II, a billionaire hedge fund manager/philanthropist who founded The Robin Hood Foundation, an organization that has raised and given away over a billion dollars in the past 25 years to fund charter schools as well as job training and […]

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