6 Great Questions to Lead Your Team

Being a leader requires the ability to build rapport with your team. Those following you must have good reason to do so. Every time you have a one-on-one, you have a big opportunity to add to and build that individual rapport.

What Are You Waiting For?

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There comes a time in life when you’ve done all the thinking, study, analysis, and planning you can do. You reach a decision point. Then it happens. You freeze. You cannot go forward. You’re stuck. The question is then, what are you waiting for? What is it that holds you back, makes you balk? How […]

Change and Progress, Are They Twins?

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.

Who Lights Your Fire?

This quote from W.B. Yeats is a great reminder for those of us in leadership roles. Let me repeat it : Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. ~W.B. Yeats When we try to train our team or build a new product or service, education surrounding the details […]

The Meeting Before the Meeting

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There’s a subtle yet powerful way to make change happen. It involves doing your homework and some legwork before a big meeting. I call it the ‘meeting before the meeting.’ Larger businesses often rely upon leadership meetings or Board meetings to make big decisions. The person or teams bringing requests for approval have big challenges […]

Burn the Boats – The Toughest Leadership Command

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We all like Plan “B” options that afford us an escape when things don’t work out. In 1519, Captain Hernán Cortés landed in Veracruz to begin his great conquest. Upon arriving, he gave the order to his men to burn the ships.

The Greatest Growth Lever – Trust

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Part 1 – Why Leverage Trust? Contributed by Andy Hass and Richard Bents “Trust is the highest form of motivation. It brings out the very best in people.” Stephen R. Covey Google conducted a massive research project to study what made their most successful teams and called it Project Aristotle. After studying 180 teams, using […]

To Be a Great Leader, You Must Inspect What You Expect

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Inspect what you expect. This is an old saying that I learned decades ago. What does it mean, exactly? And what does it have to do with leadership? Well… Have you been guilty of spouting a directive then letting it die a natural death? We’ve all done it at one point or another—whether accidentally or […]

Why Trust Matters to Leaders; Leaders Build Trust

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For decades, business leaders have been equipping themselves with every book, philosophy, reward, and program the so-called experts have convinced them to buy into, yet companies everywhere continue to struggle with toxic cultures, low performance from teams, and the unhappiness that go with them. Yet how can leaders build trust? From our earliest days on […]