From the category archives:

Stewardship

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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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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It’s About the Numbers!

January 20, 2014
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If you want to be a good leader you have to realize that it is all about the numbers. Producing the numbers is more important than anything else in business. Most of my clients will be astonished with this point of view. Let me be clear: A leader who cannot produce the numbers will not […]

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Top 5 Things New Leaders Should Know

January 5, 2014
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Should the principles of leadership change over time? Should each new generation of leaders redefine what leading is? It is my belief that the principles should not, and need not, change. Leadership strategy and navigation techniques will change as the conditions demand, but sound principles of leadership do not change over time. What does change, however, is […]

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4 Things Every Leader Must Steward

December 18, 2013
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A leader’s ultimate responsibility is to be a steward for the company. If you are a leader within your company, then you’re responsible for stewarding four important elements: People, Vision, Money and Culture.

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Respectability versus Likability

November 5, 2013
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Which is more important for a leader: to be liked or to be respected? Before you answer too quickly, consider this: If we are respected and not liked, then our influence will be limited and short-lived. After all, how long can we remain committed to serving a leader we don’t even like?

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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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Sustainable Success Lies in Proactive Leadership

September 12, 2013
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Proactive leadership is when we are intentional about developing our direct reports. We teach our followers all the time – not just when it’s convenient. Our mission is for these direct reports to one day take our place and multiply so that the company grows through the growth of its people. Proactive leadership requires intentionality […]

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Don’t Confuse Loyalty with Love

September 3, 2013
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Often times you’ll hear a company owner or leader say of a non-performing, long-time employee, “He’s so loyal. I’m loyal to him, and he’s loyal to me. I’m not going to let him go after all these years.” Yet, is it really loyalty when the teammate isn’t striving to perform in their current role?

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