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Leadership Development

A Quick Guide for First Time Managers

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“You’ve really done well here. We’d like to offer you the position of manager.” Or co-manager. It’s an exciting day! Your successes have been recognized and rewarded with extra responsibility (and usually some extra income). You actually get to test the dreams you had about how you’d do things if […]

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What Type of Contributor Are You?

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In early June, Lincoln Riley got a new job. One of the most powerful, most storied, and most profitable college football programs in the country turned the reins over to 33-year-old Riley, who immediately became the youngest head coach in the country by two years. The question on the lips […]

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What’s Your Clout Category?

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The best boxing movie ever made is…(drumroll please)… Cinderella Man. You might have thought I was going to say Rocky (or perhaps Rocky II, III, IV, V, or VI), but as much as I love a good Rocky Balboa vs. Apollo Creed showdown, I’m sold on Cinderella Man.  The movie […]

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What Are You Reading This Summer?

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Do you have your summer books stacked and ready for the beach? I do. I typically go into the summer with an ambitious pile of books that usually slide into the fall and the end of the year. For my entire adult life, I have kept a three-subject stack going […]

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Before Changing Jobs, Consider These Three Transitions.

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ESPN does many things well. They’re the best in the business when it comes to delivering daily highlights, news, and expert analysis. They’ve got the best college sports coverage, and with the launch of the 30 for 30 series, they’re even leading the way in documentary film. They’re also pretty […]

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Get Over Yourself – A Guide to Being a Thoughtful Leader

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Spent and focused. Those two words describe me in an airport on a recent trip back home. Traveling home means I’ve spent the past 24-48 hours in intense meetings, problem-solving big issues with clients. So, when I get to the airport headed for home, I’m low in energy, brain power, […]

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Four Guiding Principles of Relationships

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The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people, President Theodore Roosevelt once said. NASA has said the outlier of all space missions is the people dynamics. This makes sense. They can get all the science, math, and engineering figured out but the […]

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Mentoring in the Business World and Beyond

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I’m not sure what the legendary basketball coach John Wooden would think about this, but here is one humorous approach to mentoring younger talent. Ron Swanson=questionable mentor. The need for effective mentoring is just as strong today as it has ever been. Here are four mentoring tips I’ve learned along […]

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