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Do Things That Need Doing

“What must be done eventually should be done immediately.” – Jeremy Foley I’ve had a few meetings lately with leaders where someone in the room said something like “Well, at some point we should [...]

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Reality Check

“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” – Flannery O’Connor Wishful thinking.  Everyone criticizes it, everyone bad mouths it, and everyone does it.  We want things to [...]

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Find a Way

“Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.” – Anonymous  One of the traits I admire in successful leaders is that of persistence.  The best leaders have a kind of [...]

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Challenging Assumptions

“Everything must be taken into account.  If the fact will not fit the theory – let the theory go.” – Agatha Christie Here we are again.  It’s a new year, so that must mean it’s time to make some [...]

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Confidence

“If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.” – Carl Lewis There are a lot of things that leaders are expected to do.  Leaders are supposed to think strategically, create a [...]

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Are You Looking Up or Down?

“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.” – Harper Lee One of the most amazing things about people is our minds.  There are times when we demonstrate an incredible [...]

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What Matters Most

“Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.” – Peter Drucker One of the things I hear leaders talk about repeatedly is productivity.  Usually, the [...]

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Lead Courageously

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain There are any number of traits that people ascribe to great leaders, but one that I’ve been thinking about a [...]

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It’s Not A Popularity Contest

“If you are afraid of being lonely, don’t try to be right.” – Jules Renard I was recently having a conversation with someone who’s been in a leadership role for a number of years.  At one point [...]

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How Can You Change?

“A mind is like a parachute.  It doesn’t work if it’s not open.” – Frank Zappa It goes without saying that the world we’re currently living in does not resemble anything most of us have seen [...]