How to recognize purpose for yourself
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How to recognize purpose for yourself

Why would an economics teacher ask this question? My economics teacher asked each of us what we thought was the meaning of life. The answers were as varied as were those occupying desks. It seemed an odd question to me for the first class session of the course. I could have understood the question more...
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Superlative Leaders
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Superlative Leaders

They are well-known and they are hardly known. They work in the spotlight and they labor in obscurity. They achieve high levels of financial success and they barely scrape enough to get by. They garner large followings and connect with two or three. Who? Leaders. Superlative leaders! Leaders are everywhere in every place and at...
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6 principles of effectiveness
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6 principles of effectiveness

If efficiency is the economic use of human, psychological, and material resources, what is effectiveness? Go ahead. Think about it. I’ll wait… Like many of you, I find the Business Dictionary online to be a useful and oft utilized resource. Here’s how they define effectiveness: The degree to which objectives are achieved and the extent...
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Is doing what you do getting you what you really want?
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Is doing what you do getting you what you really want?

Start-ups are, in many ways, a lot easier than leading a seasoned company or organization. Once systems, methods, and procedures are in place they can become part of the corporate identity. Indeed, they become you and you become identified as them. If they work, okay. If they move your department, company, or organization toward your...
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14 Ways an outsider can make strategic planning even more productive
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14 Ways an outsider can make strategic planning even more productive

Lots of jobs are outsourced these days. With the downturn in the economy a few years ago many companies discovered they could save money by hiring the assistance they needed when they needed it rather than keep them on the payroll all the time. Some jobs lend themselves to this better than others – commercial...
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The hidden cost of meetings and why hiring someone to facilitate can be a great idea
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The hidden cost of meetings and why hiring someone to facilitate can be a great idea

The scene: Window Rock, Arizona, capital of the Navajo Nation. The participants: A group of educators representative of several organizations and agencies. The Purpose: Develop an vocational training program to enhance the skills of leaders already in place throughout the tribe. The plan had to satisfy the practical needs of skill development and the intangible...
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4 Reasons why you probably shouldn’t try to develop a strategic plan by yourself
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4 Reasons why you probably shouldn’t try to develop a strategic plan by yourself

He walked into my shop then into my office. “I need a hatch cover for my boat,” he stated. “Well, we can make you one,” I assured him. He went on to tell me that his boat, no mere rowboat, was stored in a yard not far from where we stood. Someone had breached the...
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7 Things you can do right now to enthuse your associates and employees with hope
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7 Things you can do right now to enthuse your associates and employees with hope

A few days ago I shared 5 reasons why hope is not an effective strategy. In that same article I also emphasized that hope is nonetheless an essential attitude. There is a difference between hope and hope so. The former is certain, expectant, optimistic. The latter is tentative, doubtful, and pessimistic, at least to a...
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Seeing over the top of the hill and around the corners – why leaders understand the principle of line of sight
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Seeing over the top of the hill and around the corners – why leaders understand the principle of line of sight

Two of my employees were working out of the shop installing components we had made in the shop. Theirs was not a particularly complicated or difficult job, removing old pieces, installing hardware on the new components, reinstalling them, and painting. They were competent, responsible, and hardworking guys. They made my life much easier and my...
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The Battle of the Bulge and you, what bungled intelligence gathering means for your business
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The Battle of the Bulge and you, what bungled intelligence gathering means for your business

I watched an enlightening program yesterday on the Battle of the Bulge. After successfully breaching the “Atlantic Wall,” as the Nazi defenses were called, Allied forces had the German army on the run. By December, 1944, things were going very well for the Allies and very badly for Hitler. It was the concerted opinion of...
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