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Why the Why’s Matter

Why the Why’s Matter

A lot of people think that the leader's job is to make tough strategic decisions and then to communicate them out to the organization.  That's true, but if we stop with the "what" part of that message, we might just come up short. Here's an example: Anyone riding...

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Where Innovation Happens

Where Innovation Happens

Innovation is the life-blood of any organization.  All patterns of success grow stale and eventually fade.  Then, the new must emerge. When most of us think of innovation, we think it happens in predictable, sterile environments - labs, board rooms, or maybe in the...

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Fuel

Fuel

  There's an old saying in business: the two great motivators are fear and greed. They may be common motivators, but I'd argue that they're decidedly not great. Here's why: If you motivate people with fear, they certainly have a sense of urgency.  The cataclysmic...

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Are we switching them on or off?

Are we switching them on or off?

Last week, I found myself on a hotel's airport shuttle at 5:30 AM.  Yes, you feel my pain but I expect no sympathy since you've been there too.  The bus was loaded with airline crew members on their way out to another day in the less-friendly skies. Perhaps to set the...

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Enlarging Your Box – The Two Sheet Method

Enlarging Your Box – The Two Sheet Method

So you want to enlarge your box.  Most of us do.  Small boxes make for cramped quarters. And resigning yourself to a smaller box than necessary might just lead to a few regrets at the end of your career.  I'm not talking about the fact that your earnings will be...

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How Big Is Your Box?

How Big Is Your Box?

A while back, I heard a talk by a person who had been a personal adviser to one of our country's presidents.  He talked about going to the Oval Office - commonly referred to as the most powerful office in the world - and being struck by how limited a president's power...

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A Coach in Action

You might think it's hard to be a coach instead of a referee or judge.  (Hint: it is.) You might think you can't possibly be a coach because you don't watch your team members "play their game" every day.  (Hint: you can!) Here's a story I heard recently from a really...

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Judge, Referee, or Coach?

I've noticed something when I'm working with leadership teams who are building and implementing plans for the future: Little is more vexing to the team leader (or members of the team for that matter) than the squabbling and political in-fighting that often plagues...

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Dirty Word #31 – Normal

  Do you want to be disappointed? If not, stop reading now. For the two of you who continued, a word of background: I've been sitting on a draft of this post for six months. An article in yesterday's Wall Street Journal made me decide to actually post it today....

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