Leadership My Dad’s Way

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Would You Follow You?

We spend a lot of time complaining about our leaders. Whether its politicians, supervisors, or coaches, most of us dwell on the shortcomings of others. Stop and ask yourself: Would you follow you?

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The Three Criteria Before You Fire Them

“I will do everything I can to help you be as successful as you want to be…right up to the point I realize I am working harder at it than your are.” I believe everyone I work with deserves my best. But at times, my desire to help them goes way beyond their desire to […]

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The Guts To Be a Leader of Character

Leadership if not for the wimpy. The challenges leaders face at work and at home will test your mettle. You will have to make choices of all sizes. Fear and discomfort are part of leading. Facing that fear and discomfort displays the guts it takes to be a Leader of Character.

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Leaders – Who Sets The Standards?

My boss had some pretty high standards.  In fact, he often bragged that his standards were higher than those of his peers. When I came onto the team, I liked his approach.  I truly believed that a leader who set high standards got more out of people and had better teams.  I was wrong, and […]

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Multi-Tasking Your Way to Mediocrity

The idea that multi-tasking makes us more productive is a lie! “But, I’m good at multi-tasking!” We all think we are. But 97% of us are wrong.  When we jump back and forth from a project, to emails, to quick conversations with co-workers, we are multi-tasking our way to mediocrity.

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3 Steps to Take After Failure

So Plan A didn’t work! What are you going to do? Failure is not the end of the road. It is just a pit stop on the way to success. But, what should you do on that pit stop? 

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We Need Warriors not Worriers!

Some people stress out and stay put. Others face their fears and move forward. Some people fear the unknown and hold others back. Other people embrace uncertainty and lead others through it. One person is a Worrier. The other person is a Warrior.

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Leaders Delivering Bad News

It was classic Sea Gull Leadership. The boss swoops in. Dumps on everyone. And swoops out. Nobody liked it when the “old man” showed up at their team meetings. When the boss came in the room, everyone knew they were going to walk out of the meeting with bad news, something to fix, and a […]

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The Difference Between An Excuse and A Reason

Making excuses is a favorite topic of mine when I speak to groups about leadership and character. I am often asked, “Aren’t there legitimate reasons for a failure? Shouldn’t that matter?” My reply: “Yes. It matters. As long as we know the difference between an excuse and a reason.”

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Leaders You Don’t Have to Like Your People

 Let’s face it. Some people are hard to like. Sometimes the best thing we can say about another person is “Thank God she’s not on my team, and I don’t have to work with her.”   Spending time with her is not easy. The way she behaves, the way she talks, her attitude – everything […]

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