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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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Voice, Center, Path, Toolbox

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Frameworks are good. They help steer our imagination and energy. They help us focus on the things that matter most. They create repositories of insights that can be recycled at a later time. It is common for me to find myself having a conversation with a bright-eyed millennial ready to […]

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The Know-It-All Who Knows Nothing

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You think you know it all, don’t you? You probably wouldn’t say it that way (and neither would I), but we all generally trust our own perceptions. Even as you approach an article like this one, you measure what I say against what you believe, your experiences, and the things […]

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Takers, Traders, and Givers: Which Are You?

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In recent years, I’ve asked several very successful friends this question: “How important are relationships to the flourishing of your personal life and the success of your business?” They always respond with one word: vital. Not surprisingly, then, the folks I know who are the most successful in life are […]

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Your Four Spheres of Organic Influence

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I remember years ago reading a shocking article titled Don’t Believe Facebook; You Only Have 150 Friends. That was the headline from this 2011 NPR article. It stated that, while you can facially recognize 1,500 people and Ashton Kutcher has 17,200,000 Twitter followers (as of now), you can only have […]

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The 5 Marks of an Influential Message

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If they don’t receive the message, then you haven’t really communicated. My old teacher and mentor Howard Hendricks, always used to say this kind of thing. Good communication is a message both sent and received.  Messages are everywhere. And they come at us in all kinds of forms. The average […]

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Four Questions Before You Invest

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What’s worth saying yes to? Every foundation and every venture capital firm have to answer this question on a perpetual basis. So do many people this time of the year facing requests for year-end giving show up in the mailbox or the inbox. I’ve been asking and answering this question […]

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