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Leadership Development

Are You a Run-the-Business Leader?

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Some core traits of a leader bleed across all archetypes. They’re universal and timeless. Other qualities and styles better fit certain leaders for certain seasons of their assignment. There are thousands of ways to classify leaders, their qualities, and the various organizational needs. In my coaching portfolio I usually keep a combination […]

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The Fine Art of Swapping

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Does your stomach start churning when you survey the avalanche of work waiting for you? Perhaps you let out a defeated sigh that first time you check your email each morning or power up your phone after a long flight. What are your most natural reactions to being overwhelmed? Irritable? […]

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3 Things to Measure Your Life Against

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“The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates I was out on a sailboat, a substantial distance from shore, and found myself wondering about getting back in the dark. It gets pitch black out there on the water. I casually brought up the subject to the captain, and he pointed […]

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Books for the Summer

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

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Turning 30

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On March 2, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors sprained his ankle for the third time this season. On March 8, he sprained it again. On March 14, he turned 30. Any connection? When you’re in your 20s, 30 seems like such an adult number, which is another way […]

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4 Metrics of Childrearing

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A recent conversation with a friend about business recruiting actually highlighted a couple of parenting insights. I was meeting with a CEO who was evaluating his internship program. In determining whom to hire out of this program, he looks for only three capabilities: Work ethic Problem solving ability Relational skills […]

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Watch Out For Snowballs

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He could have told the truth the first time a reporter asked the question. He had multiple chances. He could have come clean during his famous Larry King interview. He could have owned up when a former teammate came forward. But . . . he didn’t. Over and over he […]

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7 Characteristics of a Great Manager

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As I’ve outlined elsewhere, managers drive results and deliver outcomes through the skillsets of others. That may sound manipulative, but the best managers are coaches, not manipulators. Accordingly, managing is a bit of a dance. I’ve been studying, thinking about, talking about and writing about managing for a few decades […]

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