How we learn – and what you should do to get the most out of what you need to teach
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How we learn – and what you should do to get the most out of what you need to teach

"How to Light a Fire Under People Without Getting Burned," one of the seminars I offer, demonstrates the art of multiplying your efforts through others. I sometimes conclude the seminar with a role-playing exercise where each participant must list the tasks he or she presently does that could possibly be done by someone else, then...
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Small Group Dynamics – How to Detect Emerging Leadership
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Small Group Dynamics – How to Detect Emerging Leadership

Studies have shown that 2 weeks after hearing a lecture, only 2 people out of 100 will have even a vague idea of what you said.  Discouraging, isn't it? Lecture may be the most efficient way to transfer information to your listeners, but it is one of the most ineffective ways. Effective leaders are learning...
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Line of Sight

Two of my employees are working out of the shop installing components we made. Their's is not a particularly complicated or difficult job. Removing old pieces, installing hardware on the new components, reinstalling them, and painting. They are competent, responsible, and hardworking guys. They have made my life much easier and my shop more profitable....
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Paid to Produce

I don't think I could ever work in a government agency. For the first 25 years of my career I was a trainer and consultant. One of my clients in those days was the Navajo Tribe in Arizona. I worked with the tourism office consulting to the assistant director and director of tourism. I quickly...
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Activity is one thing, Accomplishment is another.

When the Crystal Palace Exhibition opened in 1851 crowds flocked to London's Hyde Park to behold its marvels. One of the greatest new technologies back then was steam power. On display and demonstrated at the exhibition were steam plows, steam shovels, steam locomotives, steam looms, steam organs, even a steam cannon. Of all the great...
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Leadership principles are universal

Without apology I will warn you now that I will from time to time, use references to the Bible in this blog. You may be certain I am not a Bible thumper and I am NOT trying to convert the reader to any religion! But I spent a quarter of a century training leaders of...
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Tools
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Tools

  I’ve always been a tool guy. I grew up around them and learned early on how to use them. I learned how to take things apart with them and how to put things back together. I grew to appreciate tools for what they could do which led to an admiration of the creative minds...
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You want to do what with that tool?
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You want to do what with that tool?

As a specialist for a major home improvement big box store, James (not his real name) meets a great many people who have big plans, small budgets, and even smaller skill sets. He tells me that every day they come into the store to buy parts and pieces for one project or another with no...
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Not really a tool at all
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Not really a tool at all

  It was then that it hit me. I had no idea what I was supposed to do. I was clueless about where to begin or what to do next. “What,” I wondered, “was my expensive education and engraved certificate worth?” Well, over time I figured things out and I did gain understanding. Through those...
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Loser’s Limp
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Loser’s Limp

It was probably in the last year or so of junior high school. I was waiting for my race during  practice for an upcoming track meet. Standing near the coach, we watched the final moments of a sprint. The runners crossed the finish line running in dead earnest. The final runner, several seconds behind, limped...
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