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7 characteristics of an independent leader
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7 characteristics of an independent leader

His was a politically unpopular act. The tension between the American colonies, particularly Massachusetts, and Great Britain had heightened. The...
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Deference
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Deference

  Some of you know that I am writing a course called “How to Develop Capable People.” And if you’ve...
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The power of presence – the 4 ways it manifests itself
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The power of presence – the 4 ways it manifests itself

The room was filled with donors, political consultants, business owners, and bureaucrats. It was a meet and greet sponsored by...
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Prudence – 4 things it is not, 4 things it is, and 5 things it will do for you as a leader
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Prudence – 4 things it is not, 4 things it is, and 5 things it will do for you as a leader

  In a Sicilian hospital, the career of one of the most capable Allied generals nearly came to a premature...
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Are you coherent? 3 things every communication from you should be.
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Are you coherent? 3 things every communication from you should be.

  One IT tech reported that, “As far as we know our computer has never had an undetected error.” The...
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The Practical Leader Podcast – Now Online

 Now online - The Practical Leader Podcast. When I conducted a survey of readers of this blog, the results indicated...
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Persistence – the glue of success
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Persistence – the glue of success

The two teenage boys were students at Lakeside High School and members of the fledgling Lakeside Programmers Group. The group...
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Conscience – what Tylenol and the Australian Navy have to say about superlative leadership
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Conscience – what Tylenol and the Australian Navy have to say about superlative leadership

The public relations director for Johnson & Johnson received a call from a Chicago reporter asking for comment. The reporter...
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Consistence – the glue that holds organizations together
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Consistence – the glue that holds organizations together

  Consistence: a harmonious uniformity or agreement among things or parts; the property of holding together and retaining its shape....
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9 characteristics of benevolence in a superlative leader
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9 characteristics of benevolence in a superlative leader

  It was an embarrassing display. I was in a another city working for a non-profit organization. The organization’s director...
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The quality of confidence – lessons from Flight 1549
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The quality of confidence – lessons from Flight 1549

  Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, was born January 23, 1951 in Dennison, Texas, to a dentist father and an elementary school...
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Qualities of a superlative leader – Patience
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Qualities of a superlative leader – Patience

When the Second Continental Congress convened on June 7, 1776, the pressing order of business was a resolution drafted by...
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Influence – when you speak, who listens?
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Influence – when you speak, who listens?

Tables were arranged in a shallow U-shape at the front of the room. It was the annual board meeting of...
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6 Universal competencies of a superlative leader
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6 Universal competencies of a superlative leader

President Kennedy once hosted a gathering of about 50 Nobel Prize winners at the White House, and he said, "This...
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6 otherly competencies of a superlative leader
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6 otherly competencies of a superlative leader

“Good luck on your new position,” said the outgoing chairman. “You’ll start heading towards your objectives, look behind you, and...
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10 organizational competencies of a superlative leader
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10 organizational competencies of a superlative leader

He was a fair to middling woodworker. On a good day he could complete a project with only one or...
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The deceptive nature of meetings
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The deceptive nature of meetings

Today in the United States we celebrate a national holiday. Labor Day, always on the first Monday in September, celebrates...
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The Problem-Solving Process – a free infographic
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The Problem-Solving Process – a free infographic

   Want a full-size version? Simply click on the image and it will open in a new window or right click...
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7 things every superlative leader understands about problem solving
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7 things every superlative leader understands about problem solving

Rachel was a relatively new employee at a retail outlet. She was given the requisite week’s training in the training...
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4 questions to ask when someone brings a problem to you or you can learn a lot from a monkey
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4 questions to ask when someone brings a problem to you or you can learn a lot from a monkey

Leaders, especially superlative ones, are achievers. They get things done. They are typically hands-on, roll up the sleeves type of...
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