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Transactional vs. Relational Leadership

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Any frequent flier knows there’s a spectrum of airplane problems that can occur. On one end is “No peanuts.” That one is mildly disappointing but certainly livable. On the other end is the plane crash. In between is everything from the airline magazine with the Sudoku already filled in to […]

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Turning 60

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Are you turning 60 soon? You might feel a bit like this person—the economist Milton Friedman said, “Now that I’m 60, every day I wake up, look in the mirror and say, ‘I don’t know who you are, but I’m going to shave you anyway.’ ” At 60, what once […]

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Walk Toward the Barking Dog

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My next-door neighbor has been building a pool. Now, I like my neighbor and this is certainly not a National Lampoon’s sort of neighbor situation. But the building of the pool is an absolute mess. I live in a residential neighborhood, the first house on the right once you hit […]

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Habits—The Good, The Bad and the Swap

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“Seriously? I drive there all the time, and I’ve never seen it.” I heard this statement from a friend recently. We were headed to lunch together, and I suggested a new place. That is, new to him. It wasn’t new to town, and it wasn’t new to me. But, he’d […]

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Three Benefits to Delegation

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Delegation can be tough. It’s gut-wrenching to give up decisions or projects you care strongly about, and then it’s doubly gut-wrenching when it goes wrong. See what happens when one city manager delegates the task of selecting a new city slogan. In reality, of course, delegation is a necessity if […]

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Are You a Lifelong Learner?

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Even now, I’m still learning from my mom. She was in town visiting with us over the Christmas holiday. One morning, we were sitting together and she told me a story. It was one of those stories that was so good I asked her to repeat it that night to […]

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Starting Well as a First Time Manager

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“You’ve really done well here. We’d like to offer you the position of manager.” Or co-manager. It’s an exciting day! Your successes have been recognized and rewarded with extra responsibility (and usually some extra income). You actually get to test the dreams you had about how you’d do things if given […]

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Are You Exposed Enough?

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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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Three Tips to Change Behavior

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Albert Einstein supposedly said, “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.” I say that kind of thing to my clients all the time. Most of my coaching work includes helping leaders grow and develop in some area of knowledge, skill, attitude, […]

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