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The one lesson learned in 2014 and what to do about it in 2015
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The one lesson learned in 2014 and what to do about it in 2015

In little more than a few hours we’ll turn the calendar on another year. We look back on the year...
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The Spirit of Christmas – great quotes from the world’s greatest leaders
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The Spirit of Christmas – great quotes from the world’s greatest leaders

  Whether you are religious or not, Christmas is a special time. The spirit of the holiday can be voiced...
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Lessons in leadership and excellence from the managers of Parrot Key
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Lessons in leadership and excellence from the managers of Parrot Key

  Christmas in southwest Florida is the beginning of tourist season. While much of the rest of the country shovels...
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Choosing Effectiveness over Efficiency
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Choosing Effectiveness over Efficiency

  Does your organizational structure look like this? In most places it probably does. At least that is the way...
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The Year Ahead…and why it’s important to look at the year behind
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The Year Ahead…and why it’s important to look at the year behind

American television has begun its annual emphasis on nostalgia. They’ve begun producing and broadcasting programs that take a look back...
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Developing Capable People – Fatal Flaw #3 – Carbon Copies
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Developing Capable People – Fatal Flaw #3 – Carbon Copies

Our tag line reads “Reach Further, Accomplish More, Work Less.” That is, after all, the objective of developing capable people...
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Developing Capable People – Fatal Flaw #2 – Thinking that training is the same thing
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Developing Capable People – Fatal Flaw #2 – Thinking that training is the same thing

In the preface to the paperback edition of Newt Gingrich’s bestseller “Breakout” he quotes from Carly Fiorina, the former CEO...
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Developing Capable People – Fatal Flaw #1 – Sabotage
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Developing Capable People – Fatal Flaw #1 – Sabotage

  “When you find him,” he said, “come and tell me so I can worship him too.” Those were the...
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6 things effective leaders know about talking and talking too much
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6 things effective leaders know about talking and talking too much

  Effective leaders know that enough is enough We love to talk. We came from the manufacturer that way. It...
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Why do we work so hard for things we don’t really want?
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Why do we work so hard for things we don’t really want?

    It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the US. Perhaps the biggest holiday of the year, it is marked with...
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How to measure confidence
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How to measure confidence

Confidence, on the job, is the result of adequate self-esteem and a certainty of one’s ability to fulfill the job...
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3 types of confidence leaders must measure
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3 types of confidence leaders must measure

On the Velocity Channel I watched a reality show about a classic car restoration shop in Canada. In the episode...
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Gold all over the floor – the most valuable asset in your company
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Gold all over the floor – the most valuable asset in your company

A typical home improvement store here in the United States is over one hundred thousand square feet in size, cost...
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Leadership Challenge #1 – the innocently rude sales clerk

  Remember the challenge from Monday? Here it is. My response is below. You are the owner/manager of a retail...
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10 stupid things leaders do…and what it does to them
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10 stupid things leaders do…and what it does to them

  In the November 14th issue of The Practical Leader Newsletter I reveal the ten stupid things leaders do and...
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Leadership Challenge #1 – The Customer Service Fail
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Leadership Challenge #1 – The Customer Service Fail

You are the owner/manager of a retail department store. Your store is busy so high sales volume also means a...
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The non-answer answer
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The non-answer answer

  I’m Irish so I have an affinity for Irish tradition even if it has given rise to all sorts...
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The difference between an incomplete leader and an incompetent one

  The myth of the superhero leader, a person of unlimited ability, charisma, and strength persists. Indeed, throughout all of...
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Prescience
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Prescience

As 1944 drew to a close, the general feeling among Allied commanders was that the German Army was finished. Many...
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9 traits of eloquence in the superlative leader
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9 traits of eloquence in the superlative leader

“It is with words as with sunbeams. The more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.” ~Robert Southey Perhaps the...
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