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How to Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way

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It’s an old saying you’ve likely heard before. For anyone who owns a business, this phrase is counsel that may be hard to do. For all the owners out there, all three counts in this simple mantra may be nearly impossible. First, to Lead On one hand that seems obvious. You own the business, who else […]

Are You Ready to Take a Chance?

As businesses across the globe begin to ponder their choices for reopening in a post-COVID-19 world, people will be faced with choices. While governmental restrictions dictate some of those choices, it appears all other choices will be left up to the owner/manager. Are you ready to take a chance? The choices will involve taking chances. […]

Leaders: Is Your Myopia Your Utopia?

Single vision

Since effective leadership is part art as much as part science, I see too many managers taking a nearsighted look at their role and responsibility.

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

We’ve all heard various ideas about managing our lives. When you break it all down, things can get lumped into these three categories. And we’ve all heard the saying: “Live for today.” But what about yesterday and tomorrow? Life isn’t a series of isolated moments. It’s a beautiful tapestry woven from the threads of our […]

What Is Professional Presence and How Can I Achieve It?

EXECUTIVE PRESENCE

What Exactly Is Presence? Presence is letting the most powerful version of yourself shine through. I like to cite the renowned leadership expert Sylvia Ann Hewlett, who defines “presence” as a combination of gravitas, communication, and appearance. Together, these elements form an impression of trustworthiness, competence, and authenticity. Gravitas is signaling that you have the […]

Change and Progress, Are They Twins?

managing change

Change for the sake of change is meaningless. However, progress toward a new goal or achievement is more vital and more valuable to your organization.

Cultivating Harmony: Growing vs. Building Company Culture

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Company culture. It’s a buzzword thrown around in boardrooms and plastered across job postings. But what exactly is it, and how do you achieve it? There seems to be a common misconception: culture is something you build, a foundation laid from scratch. But a thriving company culture is more akin to a garden – something […]

The Spectrum of Workplace Personalities: Beyond Cool Breezes and Fog Machines

doug thorpe musings

A few years ago I wrote a piece contrasting the “cool breeze” and the “fog machine”, whimsically (at least my attempt at whimsy) to illustrate extreme possibilities in the way a leader can show up at work. I think It’s time to delve deeper into that idea (minus the whimsy part). While the “Cool Breeze” […]