From the category archives:

Self Awareness

6 Mistakes Leaders Under Pressure Make

April 13, 2015
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The pressure to simultaneously produce and lead well. The pressure to serve your leader, your peers, and your teammates while still meeting the needs of your clients. The pressure to meet all those deadlines and fulfill all those demands in the midst of unforeseen challenges and unexpected changes. The deadlines loom. The work piles up. […]

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Fighting the Process

March 15, 2015
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Do you fight the process that you are going through because it’s painful? I had a good example of this happen to me last week. I had a massage. It didn’t take but about three minutes for me to realize that this wasn’t going to be one of those “relax and go to sleep” massages. No, […]

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Are You Competing or Completing?

March 10, 2015
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Here’s a question to reflect on: When you encounter a top performing peer, how do you view them? As a competitor who threatens your position, or as someone who can bring value to you and your organization? Same people. Same talents. Two very different approaches that lead to two very different organizational cultures.

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Leading Out of Fear

March 5, 2015
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I had a great conversation with a leader last week. He was discussing his successes as well as his challenges in business, and he shared a great insight that he’d come to realize: for quite some time, he’d been leading out of fear. I understood what he was talking about. I’ve been there. Maybe you […]

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Put Away the Poker Face

February 13, 2015
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Have you ever worked with someone who always left you wondering, “I wonder what he’s thinking?” Approachability is an essential leadership trait, and if your teammates can’t read you, they aren’t sure how to approach you. Some leaders use their stoicism as a guard, while others aren’t even aware that their subtle actions (or inactions) […]

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Because It’s the Right Thing to Do

January 26, 2015
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You don’t always get to choose who you’ll lead. In fact, more often than not we do not get to choose our colleagues or our fellow volunteers. We rarely have much, if any, say in who’ll be our boss. Yet once we start working together, we often see areas where these teammates or fellow volunteers […]

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Don’t Take it Personal

January 22, 2015
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“Don’t take it personal!” Haha! Isn’t that a statement we’ve ALL said and heard at least a handful of times in our lives? When we’re the ones saying it we usually mean that our comments or criticisms aren’t meant as an insult or an attack. We’re just focused on the issue at hand. When we […]

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Where’s Your Sense of Urgency?

November 20, 2014
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You’re furiously working on multiple projects, doing your best to keep from dropping the ball on any one of the numerous items you’re juggling. Yet, your boss is in his office down the hall quietly wondering why you’re dragging your feet on a couple of his priority projects. Doesn’t he know you’re working as fast […]

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Smart or Wise Leadership: Why It Matters

November 16, 2014
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This past week I was visiting with a comrade regarding smart people who aspire to be leaders. This led us to discussing the difference between having wisdom and having knowledge. Most leaders love to have smart, knowledgeable people on their team. After all, that’s less pressure on the leader to have all the answers, right? […]

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Where’s Your Sign?

November 2, 2014
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We have signs all around us. Many signs tell us what to do, where to go, or what to be aware of. Most signs are designed to help us. While running the other day I started to make note of all the man-made signs along the trail. I wanted to challenge myself by making a leadership […]

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