Power Plays – Authority
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Power Plays – Authority

Power has a source, a circuit, and a purpose. The laptop into which I am entering these words is powered by a battery which receives its power from a wall outlet which receives its power from a power line which is powered by a generating plant. The circuit is completed when the power flows from...
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Power Plays – the 6 principles of delegating responsibility
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Power Plays – the 6 principles of delegating responsibility

A man got on a crowded bus carrying a heavy briefcase. There were no seats, and he had to stand near the driver, holding on to a pole next to the driver’s seat. He held the pole with one hand and the briefcase with the other. After a while, the bus driver looked at him...
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Power Plays – How power flows
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Power Plays – How power flows

The mantra goes like this. We have a staff of employees, associates, and subordinates for three purposes: To extend our reach – to make it possible for us as leaders and managers to get influence more people and thus get more done. To multiply our effectiveness – the principle of reproduction works here. We impart...
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The Gentle Side of Force – 8 skills of leadership Iearned from my friend the horse whisperer
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The Gentle Side of Force – 8 skills of leadership Iearned from my friend the horse whisperer

My friend Steve is a horse whisperer, was one long before Robert Redford made the label famous. Steve’s been a cowboy forever, a genuine, sure ‘nuff, tall in the saddle hand-me-that-rope cowboy. He’s knows his way around a horse, knows how to care for them, and knows how to handle them. If you’re interested you...
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Churchill and Hitler were both effective leaders. Here’s why.
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Churchill and Hitler were both effective leaders. Here’s why.

Leadership as a topic can be completely separated from concepts of good and evil. Leadership in its execution has been used for both. There is perhaps no more certain contrast of this than in the parallel administrations of Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill. One used his considerable skills of leadership to bring most of the...
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Keepers Trait #16 – Nice
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Keepers Trait #16 – Nice

A few years ago it was my privilege to officiate at the memorial service of an old friend. The family did not want a traditional structured ceremony. They asked that time be given for mourners to say whatever they wanted about the life of the man being honored that day. For over 45 minutes, I...
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Keeper Trait #15 – Initiative
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Keeper Trait #15 – Initiative

Many potential employers put it directly in their ads – “must be a self-starter.” It is, apparently, an all too unusual trait. Perhaps more than any other trait, it separates the successful from the failure, the winner from the loser, the prosperous from the poor. A person with initiative does not wait to be told...
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Keeper Trait #8 – Prudence
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Keeper Trait #8 – Prudence

With nothing to do but wait while we stood patiently in line at the local Post Office, we happened to see that there was but one “If It Fits It Ships” box in the rack. For those readers outside the United States, the Post Office here has a product  that lets a shipper send a...
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Keepers Trait #5 – Creativity
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Keepers Trait #5 – Creativity

For my birthday, my son took me to a new restaurant in downtown Ft. Myers, Florida, near where I live.  Ft. Myers was winter home to Thomas Edison. While here, he invited close friend Henry Ford down for a visit. Ford liked the place so much he bought the house next door to Edison. The...
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Accountability, traits of keepers – those not-so exceptional people who make their life and your job so much more successful – #2
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Accountability, traits of keepers – those not-so exceptional people who make their life and your job so much more successful – #2

I had ordered a meal and let the conversation around the table carry away the wait. When the order arrived, it was a different server who placed my plate in front of me. It was almost correct. I had ordered fish and what was on my plate was indeed fish. The problem was I had...
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