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In the third grade, my Dad pretty much created and predicted my future. It was during a conversation about career day. Me: “I have to decide by tomorrow what I want to be when I grow up.” (isn’t it silly that we did/do that to young children?) Dad: “Well, whatever you decide, you’ll have to go to […]

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Imagine for a moment that you were willing to be completely accountable for everything that happens to you. That you buy into the idea that you are not a victim in any way…but instead…a co-creator. Said differently, you embrace the concept that you actually have the ability to influence the abundance that is possible in your […]

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I recently had the incredible experience of emceeing an event for 400 women (and three very evolved men) in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The predominant feedback following the meeting was that people left the convention center feeling inspired to think bigger. Standing on stage, I could feel the energy of the audience change, as they listened to speaker […]

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I have a super cool job. I get to travel the world and meet amazing people. At a recent leadership training for Signature Leaders, I met Janet VanWormer. We were having a discussion about women in leadership. We were talking about self-limiting beliefs and ways women sabotage their credibility. In the middle of the discussion, Janet offered the […]

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You’ve no doubt seen many articles about the incident that happened at a Philadelphia Starbucks leading the company to shut down all of its stores for four hours one day to hold a racial bias training for all of their employees. It’s unfortunate it took such an incident for such a training to happen, but I commend […]

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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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High-performance organizations and teams depend on accountability. It’s the fuel that great teams run on, and a lack of true accountability is almost always the reason why some organizations underperform. Here’s a definition of accountability we can probably all agree on: Accountability = The obligation of an individual or organization to account for its activities, […]

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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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Hiring excellent leaders and coaches is crucial for any organization that wants to grow and thrive, and finding capable leadership isn’t easy. Bad recruiting decisions are costly, and they’re very easy to make. Hiring an ineffective leader or manager can be a huge setback for a company or department. When we hire an ineffective leader, […]

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It’s a fundamental part of leadership, so why aren’t people better at it? Here are a few comments from people that admit to being horrible at delegation: “I can do it better myself anyway” “Sometimes it’s an imposition to ask others to help” “I can do it easier and faster” “It will take too long […]

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