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Category Archives: Self Leadership

Articles related to self-leadership, the first prerequisite for character-based leadership.

Calling All Leaders!

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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

What Every Leader Should Know About Organization Culture

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Your behaviors are contagious. Choose carefully. Perhaps you are familiar with a popular insurance company TV ad based on the concept of “paying it forward.” A woman prevents a guy from stepping off the street corner into the path of an oncoming car.  The man who observes this from a restaurant window later helps a » Read More

Five Ways to Build Distrust

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The Hard Truth About Trust

There are certain core leadership principles that run deep in leading well, and one is trust. Trust doesn’t just happen. Although trust should be second nature, the reality is trust takes effort. This isn’t an effort in a time-consuming way but in a fully-engaged leading way. In fact, distrust is easier to do and may » Read More

Becoming A Resourceful Leader: The Strong Do Survive

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“This country can ill afford to continue to function using less than half of its human resources, brain power, and kinetic energy.” ~ Barbara Jordan, Late Texas Congresswoman              Teams connect.             Communities share.             The tribe protects.     » Read More

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I’m Standing Up, Not Leaning!

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I don’t lean in, lean out, lean sideways, lean back…I stand up straight.  As a kid, my parents kept telling me to stand up straight and strong.  It created an aura of confidence, self-assurance, and supposedly, it was better for your back.  In fact, we now know that standing strong can actually change your mood and confidence. Perhaps » Read More

Can you rebuild broken trust?

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“people ask me why it’s so hard to trust people, and i ask them why is it so hard to keep a promise?” ~ QTangel, boardofwisdom.com My buddy, George, told me the other day about the new manager where he works, a nation-wide retail store chain. There are dozens of employees at his location.  The » Read More

Everything Has A Cost

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On a coaching call this past December with one of my clients, we were discussing his 2014 goals for his business. He is a successful business owner and leader, very much a Type A personality, works long and hard, and loves his family. Our coaching session was fairly straight forward until he mentioned one of » Read More

Employee Appreciation Day

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March 7 is National Employee Appreciation Day. Do you feel appreciated for the work you do? If you are not feeling the love at work, you’re not alone. According to a recent GloboForce study of 653 survey respondents, 36% of employees reported they do not feel appreciated for the work they do. This is more » Read More

Reasons or Excuses – Do Yours Pass the SMELL Test?

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We’re all going to fail or let someone down sooner or later.  The cause of our failure may be legitimate, or it may not.  As much as leaders want results, they despise excuses even more.  A trust relationship can be destroyed in an instant, and the weapon of its demise is an excuse. I remember » Read More

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

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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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