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2 choices & 3 tasks to change your life today
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2 choices & 3 tasks to change your life today

In the previous post I listed the four benefits gained from an effective strategic staff. Just to be clear, that...
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4 paybacks from an effective strategic team.
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4 paybacks from an effective strategic team.

A strategic team is a person or persons who, by virtue of their competencies, motivation, and reliability will: Extend Your...
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How to light a fire under almost anyone without getting burned – part 2 – Four Reasons Why We Work Alone.
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How to light a fire under almost anyone without getting burned – part 2 – Four Reasons Why We Work Alone.

Four Reasons Why We Work Alone. First, We Find It Too Daunting to Release Responsibility to Others.  We have an ...
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How to light a fire under almost anyone without getting burned – part 1
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How to light a fire under almost anyone without getting burned – part 1

When your circle of concern is greater than your circle of ability. Robert’s second floor offices are crowded with papers,...
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4 necessary qualities of incentive
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4 necessary qualities of incentive

A major big box home improvement store recently changed the incentives program they use to compensate their sales staff. In...
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Immutable law of leadership #2 – cause and effect
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Immutable law of leadership #2 – cause and effect

Effective leaders understand both causes and their effects and are capable of dealing with both. In an earlier post I...
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3 immutable laws of leadership – Part 1
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3 immutable laws of leadership – Part 1

Part and parcel with the three essential skills of effective leadership - 1) Understand the times, 2) Know what to...
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Laws of leadership – getting to know the ropes
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Laws of leadership – getting to know the ropes

When a new sailor arrived on board, he had to learn how to tie knots and which rope hauled up...
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Essential Skill #3
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Essential Skill #3

“Leading is easy, the hard part is getting people to follow.” Yogi Berra    Ok, so you can accurately read...
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Essential skill #2 – Know what needs to be done and what to do next
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Essential skill #2 – Know what needs to be done and what to do next

Michael Vance, former creative consultant for Walt Disney, tells this story. One late summer night, he was walking down Main...
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6 Differences between leaders and managers
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6 Differences between leaders and managers

  In my last post I mentioned the capacities of insight and outsight, two characteristics which distinguish leaders from managers....
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Effective leadership essential Skill #1 – Understand the times
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Effective leadership essential Skill #1 – Understand the times

You just have to know what’s going on while it is going on. You have to have some grasp of...
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4 ways to get clutter out of your in-box and off your desk
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4 ways to get clutter out of your in-box and off your desk

Every professional soon discovers that his or her name resides on dozens, maybe hundreds of mailing lists. Not only does...
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When to use email, how to use email, when not to, why
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When to use email, how to use email, when not to, why

Email is fast, easily filed and retreived, simple to reply to. It has replaced written correspondence in nearly every situation....
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7 Mistakes you can easily avoid
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7 Mistakes you can easily avoid

Some mistakes are almost unavoidable, but there are others that you can avoid entirely. I am sure you have your...
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Power of decisive action
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Power of decisive action

General McLellan was President Lincoln’s first choice to lead the Union army against Confederate forces. McLellan was a terrific organizer,...
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7 Keys to lighting a fire under your employees or associates
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7 Keys to lighting a fire under your employees or associates

Jeff (not his real name but this is a true story) is one of the best in the business. He...
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This week in the world of leadership blogs

There are so many talented leaders sharing insight, it is not always easy to get to them all. Here is...
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6 action traits of effective leaders
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6 action traits of effective leaders

There are, of course, many traits found within successful and effective leaders. The six I've listed here are almost universal....
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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...
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