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The Founder’s Dilemma—Being King or Being Rich

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Do you want to be king or do you want to be rich? That, according to Noam Wasserman, is the chief question among The Founder’s Dilemma. (If you don’t want to read the book, you can see his 2008 article about the same idea here.) I was thinking about this […]

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The One Thing You Can’t Be an Effective Leader Without

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Entire industries have developed around the exertion of influence. The lobbying industry tries to influence the government. Advertisers persuade consumers to spend their money on certain products or services. Politicians employ nationwide telemarketing campaigns to sway last-minute voters. Parents attend seminars aimed at influencing the way they influence their children. […]

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What’s Your Leadership Love Language?

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In 1995, a book came out that has sold over 7 million copies, been translated into 40 languages, and has spent seven years on the New York Times bestseller list. It’s called The Five Love Languages and focuses on the idea that we each have a primary way (i.e., language) that […]

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The 5 Causes of Failed Tasks

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An entire industry has emerged to track and assist our progress in doing tasks. Fifteen years ago it was Franklin-Covey and Day Timer planners. Today there are apps like Omnifocus, Wunderlist, Any.do, and more—all seeking to save us, minute by minute and day by day, from task failure. Plus, there […]

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Seven Tips for 2017

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Each year, I am a guest on a handful of podcasts. I love the format; it feels like a conversation between friends talking about things that matter most to me, to them, and/or things I am pondering and learning. My most recent podcast was a great example. It was with […]

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5 Ways to Grow Your Leaders

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“At the end of the day, you bet on people, not on strategies.” –Larry Bossidy Every client I’ve had in the last decade eventually works around to the issue of “How do I improve the talent of my team?” In my experience, there are only three good ways to answer […]

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Are You A Tone-Deaf Leader?

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Will you be my Simon Cowell? That’s not exactly what my friend said, of course, but he did ask me to be honest and tell him if he was tone-deaf. Not as a singer, though, but as a leader. My friend was going to a meeting with a new client, […]

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Three Principles for Your Leadership Toolbox

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Apple or orange? Summer or winter? Country or rock and roll? Appetizers or desserts? Read a book or watch a movie? Morning person or night person? These questions were split-second bullets being shot at the newcomer sitting at our kitchen table. My adult children happened to all be home at […]

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How To Avoid Underexposure

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How many of your Facebook friends, Twitter followers, LinkedIn connections, etc., think differently from you? Are all your friendship circles a “footprint of one”? In other words, are all of your friends/followers/connections generally the same person with very little diversity? Some years ago I remember being on a panel and […]

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