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15 ways courageous leadership shows up

I believe courageous leadership happens when we raise our standards, do the right thing, use respectful straight talk, display vulnerability, take committed stands, and become role models for excellence. When is courageous leadership needed in our organizations? Every...

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Some truths about leading transformation

The first story. Late one evening, about six months into a company transformation effort, I approached a team member’s empty desk to drop off a document. In the middle of his precisely ordered desktop was a message clip holding a 3x5 index card. I picked up the card...

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Overcome limitations stifling our development

Overcome limitations stifling our development

“Is life not a hundred times too short for us to stifle ourselves?” Friedrich Nietzsche When a leader avoids responsibility for his actions, it often shows up as belittling, disingenuous, unsympathetic, incredible, unreliable, and egocentric. This list illustrates the...

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Knowing where to tap

Knowing where to tap

Once upon a time, a ship’s captain found himself stuck in port due to a broken boiler. He asked around the shipyard for someone who could fix the problem. He was given a name and summoned the repairman who showed up in the form of a 10-year old boy with a hammer. The...

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Leadership whispering during transformation

Leadership whispering during transformation

While working on a company-wide transformation effort with an outstanding cross-functional team, there were frequent opportunities to engage with leaders and employees about what we were doing, why we were doing it, and how we planned to accomplish our vision. Before...

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Skip Intro: Efficiency is not Effectiveness

I noticed the Skip Intro button for the first time this week while watching Netflix’s Stranger Things 2. After the first scene of the show, the opening credits roll, and the button appears. I pressed it and continued the episode. I thought about how often leaders...

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A battle plan against exhaustion

A battle plan against exhaustion

Some owners and leaders are waking up exhausted today. They spend a few extra minutes in the shower, stare into the mirror with tired eyes, and drink an extra cup of coffee. Once outside, they stare at the wall with both hands on the wheel before starting the car....

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