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One of the hardest parts of team building is when you have two people that dislike each other so much it causes issues for the rest of the team. I’m not talking about the occasional bickering that goes on in every office. I’m talking about the two people that everyone holds their breath when those […]

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Because it’s ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Ordinary, in that they are relatable. Perhaps some of the competitors remind us of a younger version of ourselves, our friends, our neighbors, or maybe even some of our kid’s friends. Most will never make money from the sport they choose but still, they put their life on hold for […]

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You can’t lead anyone if you aren’t committed to your own personal growth. How can you be trusted to help cultivate other people’s potential when you aren’t living up to your own? It’s one of the biggest reasons people ultimately fail at developing other people…their people simply outgrow them. Most people are utilizing the phrase […]

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We all have them…Weekly or bi-weekly staff meetings. Mostly, we…. the leader and the staff….dread them. They go something like this…Not everyone is on time. We spend too much time talking about the weekend. Someone always talks (for way too long) about themselves and their amazing or awful weekend. Nothing new is discussed, except for some new […]

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My business partner, Wally Schmader, introduced the “One Question” to me about 10 years ago. We were trying to figure out how to get people to be more strategic about their business plans for the coming year. Every year we would do an elaborate goal-setting meeting, only to have people leave with the same big […]

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This may be the most important distinction you will ever learn as a leader. Leaders and managers who never learn to discern if their people are “Can’ts or Won’ts,” will have a career of frustration and confusion. They will waste valuable time working with the wrong people and all metrics will suffer.  Being able to discern […]

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Energy is your most crucial asset. What makes it especially important for leaders is that it dictates how you can deploy your other leadership assets. Your intellect, your attention, your sensitivity, your ability to listen and understand, your patience… these are all subject to your energy level. It could be said that personal energy is […]

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All of us have heard this statement at some point, and it turns out to be true. A recent Gallup survey showed that just over 50% of employees who have quit their job have done so to get away from their bosses. Another study concluded in 2016, put the number right at 75%. That’s a […]

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There have been hundreds of books, blogs, and articles written about how to gain influence as a leader over the years. The book that is generally regarded as the first leadership book ever written, The Art of War written by Sun Tzu well over 2000 years ago, was focused on this subject. Thousands of leadership books later, […]

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The objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.  Jim Rohn There is no shortage of information on how to be an effective leader. Anyone who is interested in being a successful leader or manager can keep […]

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