9 things your associates and team absolutely need to make the journey towards vision. What Lewis and Clark shows us about effective leadership and the pursuit of vision.
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9 things your associates and team absolutely need to make the journey towards vision. What Lewis and Clark shows us about effective leadership and the pursuit of vision.

Undaunted Courage is one of the great stories in American history. When Merriweather Lewis and William Clark departed St. Louis in May, 1804 on what was then called the Corps of Discovery Expedition, they actually failed in their stated purpose. Commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson to find “the most direct and practicable water communication across...
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5 phases of your role as leader
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5 phases of your role as leader

The expectation that leadership can be a singular role is unrealistic. We wear a lot of hats. We manage, we motivate, we correct, we monitor, we inspire, we facilitate, we coordinate, we focus, we bark, we growl, we whisper, we articulate, we define, and we execute. A couple of posts ago I wrote about our...
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3 leadership lessons I learned on board the USS Midway

In mid-January of this year my son and I spent the better part of a day touring the USS Midway, a decommissioned aircraft carrier berthed in San Diego harbor. I’ve been on naval vessels before but none as large as the Midway. As awe inspiring as the Midway’s war making capabilities were, both Nathaniel and...
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6 secrets to keeping your team working for the same goals.
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6 secrets to keeping your team working for the same goals.

Does your right hand know what your left hand is doing and why it is doing it? In assisting organizations, businesses, and individuals in developing and implementing an effective vision one of my first questions is what is your vision for this company? After hearing their definition, I will ask the department heads, the associates...
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The principle of risk management
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The principle of risk management

Let’s say for the purpose of this article that you have a position open and a slate of applicants who possess approximately the same list of qualifications, what do you do? You start looking at qualities. Certain qualities are important in almost any job but particularly critical when working in a service industry or in...
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The principle of capital
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The principle of capital

A young couple discovered that they had an uninvited and unwelcome visitor in their tiny apartment – a mouse. The wife was especially unfriendly to the guest. The couple succeeded in catching the mouse in a trap, but to their dismay they had succeeded in catching the mouse alive. Now their dilemma became even more...
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The principle of systems and controls
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The principle of systems and controls

Two nights ago we went with some friends to a local burger joint. It is not a fast food place like McDonalds but it is part of a chain. It was the dinner hour and the place was quite busy. After being seated, we settled in to wait, quite a long time as it turns...
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The principle of promissory note
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The principle of promissory note

You see them too if you ever scan the listings. I am talking about the jobs sections of Craigslist. You can make thousands of dollars working for an unnamed company whose application address is a blind one. This is a common theme of mine. The setting was a private school. The newly installed headmistress faced...
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The principle of foreign exchange – 6 mistakes motivators make
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The principle of foreign exchange – 6 mistakes motivators make

In the first article in my Flipping the Switch series, I wrote about a sales manager frustrated with a top performer on his team (article here). The problem came about because the sales manager and the salesperson in question were after two different things. The article immediately before this one (the Principle of Positive Balance)...
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The Principle of Positive Balance
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The Principle of Positive Balance

You may remember the story of Sam (read it here), the employee who was summoned to the manager’s office. Expecting to be commended for an exceptional month of sales he was instead reprimanded for excessive (although not by much) use of sick leave. This is a classic example of number 2 in my list of...
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