This post is a departure from my usual leadership topics. 14 years ago my son went to Uganda to work for three months with a non-profit organization doing work in AIDS prevention among young people. He had recently graduated from [...]
Tell me what you prefer! I will be launching The Practical Leader Podcast soon and I really want to know what format you prefer. Would you help me by taking a brief survey? It won’t take more than 3 or [...]
But he did. His father had [...]
A big thank you to those readers who have participated in my survey polling your preferences for future training programs. Here are the preliminary results. If you haven’t let your preferences be known it’s not too late. Please [...]
My son, Nathaniel, and I have collaborated on this post. The columns below are our observations on what we’ve learned as fathers. We’d like to hear from you too. Please leave a comment and tell us what fatherhood has taught [...]
6 reasons why customers yell at business owners, customer service reps, and sales clerks
I think my favorite episode of Seinfeld (aside from the one where Elaine hates the movie The English Patient) is the one where Seinfeld is trying [...]
I am preparing to write and publish some new training courses and need your input. I’ve put together a short survey that should take no longer than 3 or 4 minutes to complete. Your opinion really does matter so please [...]
You get people to want what you want [...]
Athos, Aramis, Porthos, and d’Artagnan, the Three Musketeers, famous in legend and film repeated a mantra that perfectly illustrates the impact vision has on a team. (Check the end of this article to find out why the “Three” Musketeers [...]
Shadows on the Teche is a restored great house near New Iberia, Louisiana. The National Trust for Historic Preservation owns the property now and has renovated the home and grounds with scrupulous attention to detail. I assure you [...]
When I left my day job less than 16 months ago, ThePracticalLeader.com had almost no readers. Today, I am happy to report that almost 20,000 leaders and managers have visited this site more than 61,000 times so far this year. [...]
That’s the essence of it, isn’t it? Delightful surprise! That moment when one opens
the gift and receives the unexpected, the unasked for, the unplanned, but that
gift that perfectly matches the personality of the receiver discerned [...]
I was working as a sub-contractor for a mid-sized charity on the West Coast and happened to schedule myself into the main office the week just before Christmas. One of the [...]
I like strong leaders. I may not always agree with them, but I do admire them. They get things done and they stand out. Strong leaders make their mark, leave an imprint, change the way things are done or considered.
So, you have choices to make when it comes to building power lines. The process of delegation is not complicated, but it is complex. There is the mixture of opinions and attitudes that must be appraised and evaluated. You need [...]
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