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Steve Graves

Hire Problem Solvers

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We don’t need more problem identifiers; we need more problem solvers. Few things are more valuable to a boss than having a problem solver working for them and with them. It doesn’t matter the industry or the size of the company or the spot on the org chart. Every leader […]

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Buy-In

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Over time, people only implement what they understand and what they believe in. Any parent knows that you get a better response from children when you take time to explain why a desired behavior is important and win their cooperation than when you issue orders like a drill sergeant. If […]

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Two Kinds of Friends for 2022

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 “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24 A few weeks back I was crafting my prayer list for the upcoming month. I am list guy. So, ahead of every month I sit down and create […]

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One of My Favorite Holiday Traditions

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Most of us have a few bad annoying habits if we asked those closest to us. Talking with food in your mouth? Having a loud group conversation on your speaker phone in a public place? Rude interrupting during conversations?  Not a focused good listener? I will not divulge mine at […]

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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. I remember the scene well. My adult children happened […]

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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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Let Generosity Flow

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What do a nonprofit hospital in Indiana, an evangelistic Christian ministry in Central America, and a legal team trying to root out the sex trade in Thailand all have in common? More than you think. A few years ago, I wrote a short book titled: The Business of Generosity: How Companies, […]

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The 7 Enemies of Thanksgiving

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We all have family Thanksgiving stories that fall on the scale between funny and sad and everything in between. Thanksgiving is pretty easy to mess up. Jimmy Fallon has a traditional segment on Thanksgiving fails, all of which are funny and fairly minor. The true Thanksgiving collapse is when we celebrate […]

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