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What We Can Learn from the Navy SEALS: Lessons Learned

Leadership Lessons What We Can Learn from the Navy SEALS As posited by Wheal and Kotler (2017), ‘for typical organizations… training is either a necessary evil endured by new hires, a perk reserved for executives or ‘high potentials’ or, come crunch time, an expense to be cut’ . But it doesn’t have to be that way. Nor should it. […]

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What is the REAL Foundation of Leadership?

Posner Shares the Four Primary Traits: The REAL Foundation of Leadership If people don’t believe in the message, they certainly aren’t going to believe the messenger [you, their leader] (Posner, 2015). There are four fundamental things we subconsciously look for when we are willing to follow. By using the word follow, I really mean people […]

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Top 5 Reasons Most Leaders Are Not Qualified to Lead

Top 5 Reasons Most Leaders Shouldn’t Be Leading Lack of true and much-needed leadership talent is no surprise these days. Many organizations are still [stuck] in the mindset that promotion is based on traditional concepts and functions. According to Llopis (2017), approximately 25% of our leaders seemed to have lost touch with the importance of contemporary […]

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What? Got a Real Rival at Work and Didn’t Even Know It?

Nemesis. Adversary. Contender. Foe. Rival. One in the Workplace and Didn’t Even Realize It? Such is life. Funny how this type of stuff follows us far past high school, isn’t it though? Well, it’s really not so funny. Not at all. There is a healthy degree of the competition borne of knowing that our nemesis is […]

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Seth Godin: Tribes & Leadership?

Tribes & Leadership: Some Food for Thought by Seth Godin He’s got a good point. A great point, as a matter of fact. For that matter, the whole concept is directly applicable to all of us who lead people. For those of you who haven’t read Godin’s book or haven’t seen this TEDTalk before, here’s […]

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Attention Leaders of Major Companies: They Might Not See You as a Real Person

Sometimes We’re Just a Title One of the biggest challenges larger organizations have is a disconnect between the top dog and the front line workers. That’s no secret. But that’s also the reason the happiest employees work for smaller companies (and I can’t remember who to give credit to for that one – it was […]

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How to Develop Your Influence Capability: Our Contemporary Workforce Requires It

It’s One of Our Core Responsibilities: Influence …but with Contemporary Technological Demands Nipping at Our Heels? Influence, motivating, encouraging… all those fine-tuned traits we rely on as leaders have taken on a new twist in our digital era. The bottom line is that regardless of what we want to call it – it comes down […]

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Leaders & the Culture They Create: Why Is It So Important They Feel Safe?

Why is a Safe Workplace Culture So Important? It’s amazing to realize what drives some leaders to do what they do. I would imagine they mean well, but sometimes approach can mean the difference between a good, solid workplace culture … or not. What’s more, when times get tough, the truth tends to emerge. Honeymoon […]

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What’s the Secret to Get Our Staff to Give Their Best?

What’s the Secret? Staff Who Give Their Best It’s no secret that as leaders we’ve all dealt with colleagues, direct reports, front line staff who just don’t seem to give it their all. It can feel like we’re at our wits end when we simply cannot get them to show some enthusiasm, put forth more […]

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10 Tips for Sustaining Execution Excellence: Criteria for Optimized Quality

Agility & Criteria for Optimized Quality 10 Tips for Sustaining Execution Excellence As leaders, I think it’s safe to assume that we’re all focused on the future. Everything we do for our company is with the intent that we’re aiming toward successful organizational sustainability. Sometimes that’s easier said than done though because we still have external […]

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Got One in the Workplace? 5 Tips for Dealing with Workplace Bullies

Workplace Bully?  5 Tips to Help Put it to a Stop Ever try to teach someone how to drive a stick shift? Trying to explain how the clutch and the gas petal (or brakes!) work in unison can be quite a challenge. When we understand why something works the way it works, it can make […]

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Secret to Harnessing the Answer All Business Leaders Need to Know

Simon Sinek’s Secret to Business Success For those of you who haven’t seen this video, Simon Sinek does a beautiful job illustrating the critical nature of the #1 secret behind business success. Leading a business is a lot like leading our lives, in general. Ever notice that management also closely mirrors parenting? Okay I know […]

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TEDTalk: Asking for Help is a Strength, Not a Weakness

Attention Leaders: Inoculate Your Organization It’s a Strength, Not a Weakness For those of you who may not have seen this inspirational TEDTalk, it’s a beautiful reminder of the importance of how leaders, we have the power to inoculate our organization’s culture of one where our people know we’re ‘in this together’. Close ranks. It’s […]

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Best Way to Recharge Your Batteries? Take a Much Needed Break

We’re Executives. We’re Leaders. But We’re Also Human and We Deserve a Break I know that if you are reading this, you have reached the level of your entrepreneurial venture (if you just so happen to be an entrepreneur!) out of sheer determination. Peppered with an above-average level of brilliance. Align that with the unbelievable fortitude […]

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The Magic of Simplifying Your Life: Streamline Your ‘To-do’ List

As Leaders, Simplifying Our Life Directly Contributes to Our Bottom Line, Too  Any of you fans of ‘to-do’ lists? I’m a ‘to-do’ list lover. I always have been and at this stage in life, I can’t imagine changing my ole habit. I have a particular client who uses daily planner as faithfully as I do. […]

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How Our Millennials May Help Us Transform Our Mindset: 5 Secrets to Harnessing the Power

Our Millennials Can Teach Us the Benefits of Transforming Our Mindset  It’s no secret what generation I’m a member of – and I really appreciate some of the foundational qualities from my generation, such as respect, integrity, good work ethics. I’m also a major advocate of diversity. A diverse workforce unites the best of the […]

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For the Love of Entrepreneurship

Attention Entrepreneurs: There is a Primal Link For those of you who might have missed my article about leadership being akin to an affair (a genuine affair of the heart – not one of infidelity!), I thought it was time to follow up with a bit of science behind the assertion. I am fairly well-versed […]

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How the Subscription Economy Is Disrupting the Traditional Business Model

 Subscription Economy versus  Traditional Business Model Most consumers expect (and many demand) subscription-based services. Why wouldn’t they? It makes life a whole lot easier on them. And part of our goal as leaders is to ensure our customers have the best service possible, isn’t it? Back around 2007, most of us began to notice a […]

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Our Workforce: Women Leaders Still Remain Grossly Underrepresented

Let’s Close the Gap: Women Leaders Still Remain Grossly Underrepresented Our American landscape is inundated with executives striving to help their organizations reach greater heights striving to succeed in an unbelievably competitive environment. Our contemporary workforce is flooded with entrepreneurs. Many of them women and minorities. We all know that diversity is one of the […]

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The Happy Secret: How to Improve Our Work

TEDTalk: The Happy Secret to Better Work   For those of you who know me or may have read some of my previous posts, it’s no secret that I’m a huge advocate for being happy. In this funny TEDTalk, Shawn Achor shares the secret to better work. The secret is something so simple. Completely free. […]

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Increase Revenue without Spending a Dime: Zero Cost Strategies

Zero Cost Strategies  Increase Revenue without Spending a Dime Zero cost strategies. Sounds good, doesn’t it?! Not only will it help our business with revenue generation or even during a cash crunch, the real benefit is to our customers. And we want to keep our customers happy. Loyalty goes a long way. As leaders, we’re […]

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Entrepreneurship: 8 Greatest Challenges …and Solutions

The 8 Greatest Challenges (and solutions!) in the Life of an Entrepreneur Joining the world of the entrepreneur has got to be one of the most rewarding endeavors ever. It’s also one of most challenging. The good news is that there is a plethora of help and support available. The biggest hurdle I see many […]

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Growth at the Cost of Leadership: Lessons from Uber

Growth at the Cost of Leadership: Lessons from Uber Most of us have heard of the chaos Uber is experiencing with lack of proper leadership. In this Washington Post article, Uber’s CEO admits that the aftermath of this crisis has led him to recognize the acute need for good, solid leadership skills. Anytime we see […]

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Leadership Tips: 9 Secrets to Identify a Real Leader

They’re Popping Up Everywhere: 9 Secrets to Identify a Real Leader I’m so pleased that people are taking heed to the importance of quality leadership. Our organizations need it. Our employees deserve it. Our customers notice it. It’s evident in our bottom line. We need genuinely good leaders who are committed to the endeavor. Who […]

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Leadership: Pay it Forward

Pay it Forward Its What We Do as Leaders   Click here to read Dickerson’s inspirational article about the core of why we do what we do. Dickerson is an amazing speaker. For over 30 years, he’s been speaking to audiences in the U.S. and abroad. He knows how to spin a story, make you laugh, […]

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