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If I could do it over…

Our team often works with leaders who have recently taken on critical leadership roles.  I try to keep up with them after they have gotten firmly established and often ask them a simple question after they have been in their role for about a year: If you could do it...

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Fostering Breakthroughs

Aha's.  Light bulbs. The fog lifting. These are all images for those elusive breakthroughs that we all want as we lead our organizations.  They rarely come on command, as attractive as it may be for us to think we can conjure them up. But we can do more than just wait...

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Dirty Word #19 – Correction

I usually write about strategy implementation, leadership, and turning everyday work into top-notch learning.  Be warned, today's post is a little different. The events of the last few weeks have shaken many of our core beliefs.  I was in Knoxville with a client when...

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Better questions, better meetings

Have you ever wondered the secrets to getting more out of meetings (and really, who hasn't wondered)?  Yes, structured agendas matter.  And clear outcomes and actions.  But I think there's more, something that's a little more subtle. Every now and then, I get to...

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Dirty Word #18 – Mistakes

Nobody relishes making mistakes, but sometimes they can be good.  In our strategy implementation work with clients, we often get involved coaching leaders on how to be more effective in their roles.  Some time ago, I was working with a really smart client who was...

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It’s all about practices…

It happened again recently. I was meeting with a colleague and a client and got an uneasy feeling. We are supporting a key unit of the organization in creating and implementing a growth plan. We have helped the leaders clarify their priorities and direction. We have...

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Secrets of a Master Planner – The Whole

I'm lucky to work with very talented leaders, many of whom are stretching into new levels of responsibility. I recently spent a day with a young leader who is running a critical region of a multi-billion dollar telecommunications company. He is adjusting to his new...

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Dirty Word #17 – Rest

Paging through this week's Crain's Chicago Business, I came across an article about StanleyBlaylock, a new and influential leader at Walgreen's. The article rightly pointed out Mr. Blaylock's successful track record and critical importance to Walgreen's strategy. But...

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Dirty Word #16 – Compassion

A friend of mine passed on a story that in one short week has made it from a chance encounter on the streets of Chicago to the nightly news.  In the meantime, it's raised more than $10,000 for a homeless man.  The story, written by Pete Kadens on the site...

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The Real Deal

In my last post, I talked about the power of sincerity - authentic interest - (and the emptiness of faking it). A while back, I ran into a client who happened to know a long-time friend of mine. When I mentioned that I thought we had this friend in common, Gus (my...

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