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6 Ways We Lead Through Adversity

6 Ways We Lead Through Adversity

Many of us are justifiably concerned with how to lead our teams through adversity in these extraordinary times. If you are a leader charged with keeping things going, consider these tactics: Focus on stakeholders. When adversity occurs, fears run high with...

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12 Leadership Lessons from Low Tides and Crisis

12 Leadership Lessons from Low Tides and Crisis

Note: When I first published this a few years ago, it was a cautionary tale about preparing our organizations for ordinary challenges. I hope the lessons are helpful to you now. High tides indeed lift all boats. What about low tides? As leaders, we enjoy the time of...

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4 Ways to Make Culture Change Personal

4 Ways to Make Culture Change Personal

At any moment in time, thousands of leaders are discussing how to change and improve their organizational cultures. How can we engage and make the change personal for us? 1.  Respect the culture and leaders that came before. We change cultures to remain...

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Conquering the Fear of Rapid Decision Making

Conquering the Fear of Rapid Decision Making

Leaders are required to make decisions and deliver results. When we face a problem, we make decisions, we act, and we succeed, fail, and sometimes learn. As we reflect on a decision, we often find that the determination and subsequent actions were available to us...

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A Quick Guide to Why Coaching Does Not Work

A Quick Guide to Why Coaching Does Not Work

I’ve coached leaders from both sides now, from give and take, and still somehow, I really don’t know clouds at all…wait, lost my way for a moment. I’ve worked with leaders as an internal and external coach for over 20 years. I’m here to tell you that coaching doesn’t...

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You want to go where everybody knows your name

You want to go where everybody knows your name

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. It's not just a lyric from the television show, “Cheers,” it’s a sound starting place for creating trust as you build a high-performing team. Dale Carnegie once said, “A person’s name is to him or her the...

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Control is never perfect and it is never free

Our need to control things reflects our need for certainty. It has notable downsides like added workload, reduced capacity, less trusting relationships, and solving problems when others only wish to be heard. When we control, we adopt other peoples’ monkeys. We decide...

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