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5 things you should do to prepare yourself to lead a strategic planning session
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5 things you should do to prepare yourself to lead a strategic planning session

Every company and organization has them…or at least they should if they want to remain relevant and viable. Some conduct...
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Two little words that infallibly predict an employee’s departure
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Two little words that infallibly predict an employee’s departure

I noticed the shift in vocabulary during a general meeting of department heads. The substitution of just two words signaled...
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How one company destroyed its employee incentive plan with one act of generosity
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How one company destroyed its employee incentive plan with one act of generosity

It seemed like a good idea at the time and an incredibly generous act on the part of the company....
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4 Lessons in leadership from a 2400 mile road trip
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4 Lessons in leadership from a 2400 mile road trip

I’ve been absent from this website for the past couple of weeks (but then you knew that already from the...
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5 lessons in motivation from my tailor
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5 lessons in motivation from my tailor

His name is Danny (that's him in the middle) and he owns “Danny’s Fashion Shoppe, bespoke tailors Hong Kong”. His...
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The most important lesson in leadership from the Undercover Boss
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The most important lesson in leadership from the Undercover Boss

As skeptical as I am of the reality of so-called Reality Shows, there is one that I find a little...
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Overwhelming leadership success and management failure
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Overwhelming leadership success and management failure

One of the best examples of overwhelming and comprehensive leadership success and overwhelming and comprehensive management failure can be seen...
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Starting a nonprofit – an introduction to the basics

I recorded this podcast a few weeks ago for the "Been There Done That" program. It's about 30 minutes long...
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One size fits one – the one motivational secret known and used by all effective leaders
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One size fits one – the one motivational secret known and used by all effective leaders

I have a 66 year old Ford pickup. It’s in great condition both mechanically and cosmetically. I keep it in...
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6 Essential Lessons About Motivation From a Job Offer…and the person turned it down
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6 Essential Lessons About Motivation From a Job Offer…and the person turned it down

Jason is a principal officer in one of a consulting firm’s city offices.  The Regional VP recently met with Jason...
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10 Reasons why motivation is not optional for leaders
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10 Reasons why motivation is not optional for leaders

It may be easier to do it yourself, but it is not better and certainly not more effective.  10 Reasons...
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Internal Combustion – How to Keep Employees and Associates Motivated
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Internal Combustion – How to Keep Employees and Associates Motivated

Today begins a new series, one prompted by two things. First, how to keep employees and associates motivated is a...
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Excuses won’t help you, reasons will.

"Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses." George Washington Carver Excuses won’t help...
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What you see is what you get – measuring your response to others
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What you see is what you get – measuring your response to others

What good is it? Often the mantra of the obsessively practical or the hopelessly cynical, a “what good is it?”...
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The Might as Wells – Letting one thing lead to too many others.
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The Might as Wells – Letting one thing lead to too many others.

I call it sequences, that annoying way of letting a simple task become far more complex. Even Murphy and his...
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The Most Powerful Question a Leader Can Ask…and it’s only one word
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The Most Powerful Question a Leader Can Ask…and it’s only one word

Businesses and organizations tend to generate lots of paper and digital directives. Over time (usually a very short amount of...
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Why leadership training programs fall short
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Why leadership training programs fall short

The American Society for Training and Development reports that U.S. businesses spend a whopping $170 billion on leadership training programs. ...
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Life in the ditches – finding balance in the five equities of life
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Life in the ditches – finding balance in the five equities of life

They were a decent and colorful pair. He a retired farmer. She his wife of many decades. We became friends...
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Stuck in 1st gear – is the impediment to progress you?
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Stuck in 1st gear – is the impediment to progress you?

It happens easily enough and usually innocently enough. You start a business or organization then endure what is often a...
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4 things to consider before dismissing that suggestion or idea
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4 things to consider before dismissing that suggestion or idea

If it didn’t work then, will it work now? Elephant syndrome is what I call it, the tendency to never...
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