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Things Left Unsaid

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw So many leaders I talk to express frustration about the situations they find [...]

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Not Rainbows and Unicorns

“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure.  It is:  Try to please everybody.” – Herbert Bayard Swope One of the challenges that all leaders face is [...]

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What Aren’t You Saying?

“What would happen if we spoke the truth?” – Alison Bechdel Last week in this space the topic was truth telling, and the fact that as leaders we give up the right to remain silent when we see [...]

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Why Change?

“We cannot become what we need to be without changing who we are.” – Max DePree Oftentimes as leaders we fail to see the need for change in our organizations.  Sometimes, though, we look at [...]

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What Are You Talking About?

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw I’ve spent a lot of time recently with an organization that is going through a lot of [...]

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What Do You See?

“Strategic planning is worthless – unless there is first a strategic vision.” – John Naisbitt In last week’s post I talked about how important it is to plan, and a few key things that make up [...]

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Who is Changing You?

“We find comfort among those who agree with us – growth among those who don’t.” – Frank Howard Clark Most people’s lives follow a predictable pattern.  As we get older, we like to be more [...]

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Leading Through Growth

“You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go.  You lead by going to that place and making a case.” – Ken Kesey Last week I spent part of a day visiting with a leadership group [...]