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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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Five things that make HR work difficult

Five things that make HR work difficult

I’ve spent time as a senior HR leader and more time as an internal client. Unlike other company functions (i.e., accounting), there is significant variation in how HR work is designed (often haphazardly) and deployed across organizations. There is an ongoing question...

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What are you getting up in the morning to be?

What are you getting up in the morning to be?

What are you getting up in the morning to be? Do you wake up to make a difference or focus on three more days until Saturday? Will you take an extra moment to thank someone for their contribution or assume that their manager already did? Will you say hello in the...

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How can leaders handle internal disputes?

How can leaders handle internal disputes?

Leaders are sometimes called upon to intervene in a dispute between direct reports or peers. This situation can be handled adeptly with some thought, practice, and courage. We can easily mishandle things in the absence of each. A Case Study A CEO wrestles with a sales...

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How we demonstrate courageous leadership

How we demonstrate courageous leadership

I recently wrote about some fears that leaders face. As part of my practice, I work with people to define mission-critical activities and develop courageous leadership habits. This post focuses on demonstrating courageous leadership. First, let’s get past the notion...

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How do successful people answer this question?

How do successful people answer this question?

“I needed to make something of myself.” “You about done?” Jake Perry and Melanie Smooter in the film Sweet Home Alabama We need to make something of ourselves. Continuous and never-ending improvement is a noble trait. But on the way to making ourselves into what’s...

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How to overcome the fear of rapid decision-making

How to overcome the fear of rapid decision-making

As leaders, we are paid to make decisions and deliver results. When we face a problem, we make decisions, we act, and we succeed or learn. As we look back on a decision, we often find that the decision made and actions taken were available to us early in the process,...

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Taking stock of our leadership behaviors

Taking stock of our leadership behaviors

During a recent discussion, I noted that curiosity and straight talk significantly influenced and defined my leadership development. Both behaviors caused my path to curve in compelling ways and determined my opportunities and effectiveness across a broad spectrum of...

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