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Once Isn’t Enough

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last.  Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar I had a conversation with a leader a few weeks ago that went [...]

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Choose And Go

“Things may come to those who wait, but only things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln When people think about leaders, one of the first things that most of them think about is decision [...]

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Who’s Really On Your Team?

“A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player.” – John Wooden One of the things we say we value in our organizations is great team players.  We talk a lot about how much [...]

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Hope Is Not A Strategy

“Our own dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.” – Sydney J. Harris One of the most common frustrations [...]

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A Tough Job

“By trying to not get anyone mad, and by treating everyone equally ‘nicely’ regardless of their contributions, you’ll simply ensure that the only people you’ll wind up angering are the most [...]

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Take The Wheel

“Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.” – J.K. Rowling I can’t remember the last time I was in a meeting or having a conversation with leaders and [...]

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Start With Yes

“I’m no longer quite sure what the question is, but I do know that the answer is yes.” – Leonard Bernstein It’s easy to live in a world of “no”.  The world seems chaotic and often scary, and when [...]

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Act On Culture

“Take action.  Success is not guaranteed, but inaction will guarantee failure.” – Ken Poirot I’m fortunate enough in my career to spend a lot of time with people who lead successful [...]

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The Right Stuff

“If I’ve got one thing that I really believe about fiction and life, it’s that there are no minor characters.” – Jane Gardam One of the most frustrating things for me to watch is any organization [...]

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Discomfort Zones

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch It’s in our nature as humans to seek comfort.  It probably dates back to our time as cave dwellers.  If you’re sitting in the [...]