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Leadership LIVE! 2023

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Yesterday marked the start of a new program I am offering. I call it Leadership LIVE! It is a one-hour workshop, totally free to attend. During the workshop, I and a special guest will be talking about hot topics in business and management. If you join in, we’ll take questions and do some on-the-spot coaching […]

What is Servant Leadership and Why Should I care?

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If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a bad boss, you know that it can be a real drag. They micromanage, they yell at you, and they don’t listen to your ideas. And if it’s not the boss themselves who are making things difficult, it’s their lack of leadership that leads to a […]

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year

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To all my friends, colleagues, clients, and followers Here’s wishing you a very joyous holiday season, whichever celebration you enjoy. My heart is full of 2022 blessings and opportunities. For me, it has been a good year. Not one totally void of challenges, but it is in those trials we grow. You have blessed my […]

An Easy Strategy for Making Better Decisions

At year-end, we all begin the process of making decisions about the new year. This is especially true if you own a business or are responsible for a work team inside a larger enterprise. It’s been well documented that highly successful people tend to make decisions quickly – and they rarely change their minds. Do […]

Leaders 2023: What Holds You Back?

It’s December. People start shutting down business activities for the holidays or…. They ramp up some last-minute planning and thinking about the new year. Which one are you? If your business has matured (because you, the leader, have made the transition to owner/CEO) CONGRATULATIONS! Likely you had your new year planning started in October, finished […]

Happy Thanksgiving 2022

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Here’s a simple note to say THANK YOU. You are loved. I appreciate each and every one of you who follows my blog or listens to my podcast. YOU are the reason I do what I do to help equip better leaders.

I Don’t Know What He/She Does

There are no words that ring more sadly in our work world than when a boss is asked about an employee and says those words. I know. It happened to me once. I had just completed a 19-month assignment leading a large team of professionals through a tough assignment. We were geographically split and tasked […]

We Need to Eliminate Command and Control

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I never thought I’d say those words. Being a former commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, command and control were integral to my success. The ability to stand on the rank and position I held helped direct troop movement and engagement. Fortunately for most of those in my command, I always commanded from more of […]

Change the Climate Before You Try Changing the Culture

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Recently, during a weekend of watching college football, I heard a commentator describe a situation at one school’s athletic program. Though the university is a good one, the football program had been mired for years in mediocre success, often barely rising about a 500 season (win half, lose half). Two years ago a new coach […]