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Category Archives: Self Leadership

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

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Is Your Brilliance Hiding in Plain Sight?

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You have your own way of getting work done through others.  As a manager, your own inherent values and ideas of how the world works (and should work) drive how you handle issues with the human beings in your charge. Something I notice with my clients and myself is that we often suppress our initial » Read More

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The Danger of Unhealthy Expectations to Leadership

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Leadership is a privilege but it is also a decision. People choose to follow you or you make a choice to lead them. Anyone can become a leader but because of the so-called “big expectations,” many of us back off of the responsibility to lead. Leadership is not complicated. Rather it becomes complicated if we » Read More

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Make Room for Your Dreams

Make Room for Your Dreams

What will it take to make this THE year you make your most heartfelt, important dream for your future a reality? The turn of a new year is a bit like turning over the page to a clean sheet of paper.  For many, it’s a time of dreaming, resolutions, and goal setting. Chances are, even » Read More

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Which Is a Better Leader? A Conversation on Results and Respect.

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I believe conversations make us stronger leaders. We need to explore topics, challenge ourselves to think and understand, and learn ways to be a better leader. In the Lead Change Google+ group, we pose a different question each week. A few weeks ago, we asked: Which is a better leader:  A leader with big results » Read More

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The Slippery Slope of Not Asking Why

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I’d like to think I’m good at challenging the status quo.  To get regular reality checks, I spend time with college kids creating for-profit and not-for-profit businesses aimed at solving wicked problems.  They truly challenge the status quo and it is, fortunately, invigoratingly contagious. Sometimes (most of the time?), the status quo is so deeply engrained » Read More

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Keep Your Goals A Secret

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Like most people this time of year, you have likely set some new goals for yourself, your team, or your organization. Goals come in all shapes and sizes.  They may be personal or work-related.  Financial, health and wellness, career, or people-oriented.  Short-term or long-term. Lofty or low hanging fruit.  Whatever your goals, there is one » Read More

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Hiking Mountains

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My wife and daughter stayed up past one of their bedtimes to watch the self-proclaimed “TV event of the season” -  a live version of the Sound of Music. I admit that I did peek occasionally! I listened to “Climb Every Mountain,” and for whatever reason, the lyrics caught me. I was moved and began » Read More

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5 Challenges for Your Living Tombstone

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“What do you want written on your tombstone?”   The question has been posed over and over, challenging people to pause and consider what they want their lives and legacy to ultimately be.  There are so many things that could be said…   “He was a good man…  I told you I was sick…  She » Read More

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The Power of Gratitude

The Power of Gratitude

“There is great wisdom in the idea that “we become what we think about most of the time.” The human brain is a goal-seeking, problem-solving machine, and the things we think about, focus on, and worry about inevitably shape our destiny. We all know this, and yet most of us completely fail to see (or » Read More

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How leaders seek the best in others?

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When you are a leader, you are working with people. How you view people would have the greatest leadership impact on your careers as a leader. How you interact and motivate is an ongoing challenge. But leadership is a team sport. We all need one another to create great teams. As a leader, what dialogue » Read More

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