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5 Ways to Kill Your Impact

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As an executive coach, my job is about impacting people who impact companies and communities. In other words, my whole business premise is helping people increase their leadership, strategy, and impact capabilities. So I’m all in on the idea of impact. Why? Here are four reasons: Because I’m called to […]

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How Many Friends do You Have?

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“Don’t believe Facebook. You only have 150 friends.” That was the headline from this 2011 NPR article. While you can facially recognize 1,500 people and Ashton Kutcher has 15,000,000 Twitter followers, you can only have 150 meaningful relationships. In other words, you can only influence a finite number of people. The […]

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The Down Side to Ambition

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Ambition. It’s a concept loaded with meaning and starving for clarity. It’s been abused, neglected, misunderstood, and misappropriated. While baby boomers embraced ambition without hesitation, making it the necessary companion of hard work and elevating it to a near religious status, the attitudes of their millennial children are less clear. […]

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Can Anyone Become a Manager?

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The coaching carousel happens every winter after the records are in and the alumni are clattering for something new.  I remember last year when Lincoln Riley was named head coach at Oklahoma and replaced the legendary Bob Stoops. One of the most powerful, most storied, and most profitable college football […]

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A Founder’s Role

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I’ve worked with hundreds of founders in my three-plus decades of executive advising. Men and women representing all shapes and sizes of organizations.  Massive nonprofits and hometown businesses, Fortune 100 companies and boot strapping start ups. I believe founders face some atypical challenges. I love founders. I love the risk they take […]

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Three Guys, Three Chainsaws

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Who’s the best worker you know? Not the hardest worker, but the best worker. I’ve got a candidate. A few months back, a storm came through northwest Arkansas, and it did a number on some lake property we own there. I visited the property a few days later, and it […]

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Are You Living in a Scarcity Mindset?

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Everybody talks about a win/win, even Michael Scott. The problem is, most people operate from a framework that doesn’t really allow for win/win. At their core, most people really believe that for me to win, someone else has to lose. Let me give you a conceptual example—for instance, power. Most people […]

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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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