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David works with leaders, managers, and supervisors who want to get more done, build teams that care, and achieve results. He is a leadership speaker, consultant and coach as well as the the founder and President of Trailblaze, Inc. Connect with David via his Lead Change member profile, his website and blog, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook.
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Calling All Leaders!

Leadership do what you know

I Don’t Care I’m sure it’s happened to you. It happens to all of us…you hear the words coming out of your mouth and before you finish the sentence, you realize you’re saying something an adult told you when you were a child. Something you haven’t uttered in decades. When I was eight-years-old, I joined » Read More

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The question every great leader asks

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Sara leaned back, crossed her arms, and sighed. “It’s not right! My VP expects me to hit these numbers, but customers want updates, and research is focused on new products and won’t give me the time of day.” She shook her head. “I guess I’ll go down to R&D and tell them they’ve got to » Read More

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Your Bad Boss Didn’t Intend to Be Bad (and How You Can Avoid the Same Fate)

Your bad boss didn't intend to be bad.

Do You Know This Person? Have you ever met an aspiring leader who says, “I want to be a horrible boss.” No? Me neither. I’m not saying there isn’t a random psychopath or two out there, but for the most part, if you have a lousy leader in your life: Your bad boss didn’t intend » Read More

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A Meeting Leadership Secret That Will Save You Time and Frustration

save meeting time and frustration

Chaos It was a mess. The World Wide Widgets leadership team had gathered to decide how to use surplus funds. After the President shared a few of her ideas regarding equipment or new hires, the VP of Operations suggested they take a vote. The Human Resource Director objected and offered another thought on how the » Read More

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Avoid These Mistakes If You Want to Lead Innovative Teams

Avoid this mistake if you want to lead innovative teams.

Note: This post is adapted from my new book The Seven Things Your Team Needs to Hear You Say. If you’d like practical leadership tools with immediate results, it’s available now at Amazon. What Would Happen If… “David, what do you think about…” A few months into her second year of college, our daughter Averie texted me with » Read More

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Be a Better Leader in 5 Minutes

be a better leader in 5 minutes

Knife or Screwdriver Picture yourself sitting down at a dining room table to change the batteries in a child’s toy. You flip the toy upside down and discover that a small screw fastens the panel you need to open to get at the batteries. On your table is a butter knife with a thin edge. » Read More

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5 Steps to Be Sure Your Team Hears What You Say

Do they hear what you think you said

Third Time Is the Charm? Recently, I dropped off a friend at the airport. As I pulled away, a man wearing a yellow traffic-control vest stood in between lanes of traffic, waving his hand. His index and middle finger were extended as he made eye-contact with me, waved his hand repeatedly up toward my car » Read More

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How to lead when your employees don’t have to follow

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How long can you hold your breath? Better yet, unless it’s dangerous to your health, try it right now: hold your breath as long as you can. I’ll wait… How long did you make it? 30 seconds, one minute, maybe two? Before long, you couldn’t help yourself – you just had to breathe. In fact, » Read More

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Does Your Team Have a Chief Belief Officer?

Leaders Believe

Trial In a state correctional facility, Christine had a problem. With no prior supervisory experience, as one of a small handful of female staff in a mostly male prison, and with a highly diverse and contentious inmate population, she had been placed in charge of creating a clothing factory. As if those weren’t enough barriers, » Read More

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Words Your Team Won’t Ask For (But Desperately Needs to Hear)

Leadership Accountability

Serious Benefits Would you be interested in a leadership practice that would improve the quality of work for 80% of your employees? What if you could increase the productivity and job satisfaction of 93% of your staff? What would that mean for your team and your organization? Believe it or not, there is one thing » Read More

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