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Courage is the ability to act in spite of fear.

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Chaos or Vision: YOU Choose!

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As expats we live in a secure compound with high walls, inside those walls we have grass, trees, flowers, beauty and order. Many local families live in their own high walled “compounds” with their extended families. And although I have never been behind those walls I have heard of their gardens. Outside of all of » Read More

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What’s Your Brand of Bold?

What's Your Brand of Bold?

Boldness that characterizes extraordinary leaders comes in many shapes and sizes, as well as forms. It’s not a matter of size, race, status, or any number of things that can place the boldest of people in a neat category.  In fact, those who are recognized for their boldness are often recognized because their words or » Read More

How to Turn Customers into Raving Fans with One Email

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Raving fan

This last Christmas, my wife and I ordered some Baylor University fan gear from Fanatics. My experience wasn’t bad, although I do remember thinking the shipping seemed unusually slow.  I chalked it up to the holidays and really didn’t think much about it.  The sweatshirt, cap, and other things I bought were good quality and, overall, » Read More

Today’s Leaders: Compassion Without Courage

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Risk Uncertainty

Joseph O’Shea was my boss in my first “permanent” job after college. Joe had been a crusty ex-union buster in the textile mills of South Carolina. He had a reputation for kicking butts and taking names, as he liked to say. Many a fellow employee lost his breakfast worrying about an upcoming meeting with Mr. O’Shea. » Read More

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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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Leadership Development Blog Carnival: What Great Leaders Do!

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I’m honored to host Dan McCarthy’sLeadership Development Blog Carnival this month. January ended with MLK Day. This month we honor Washington and Lincoln.  So when Dan and I reached out to our leadership networks, we asked bloggers to share posts about what great leaders do, posts that highlight vision, passion, courage, commitment and even a willingness to sacrifice their » Read More

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The Mirror Test

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If you want to be successful leader, you have to take 100% responsibility for everything that happens in your life. This includes your accomplishments, the results you produce, the quality of your relationships, your company’s successes and challenges. This is not easy for many people. Most of us have been conditioned to blame something outside » Read More

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Thank You For Your Service!

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This is one of most honored posts I’ve ever ever hosted.  Lt. Col. Matthew Fritz is Director, Commander’s ActionGroup of NATO’s Air Training Command in Afghanistan.  Training a newly formed Afghan Air Force is the epitome in complex continual change management.  Matt has become a very dear friend, thanks to Angela Maiers, and fellow blogger at Switch & Shift.  I » Read More

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Take Off the Cuffs

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“Golden handcuffs” is a phrase used to describe a system of financial incentives designed to keep key employees from leaving a company. If you are wearing them, however, they likely feel a lot more like a safety and security net, than like restraints. Of course, if you love what you do and where you work it could » Read More

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A Leadership Lesson from the Mother of Dragons

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“You do not owe me your freedom.  I could not give it to you. Your freedom is not mine to give.  It belongs to you and you alone.  If you want it back you must take it for yourselves.  Each and every one of you.” – Daenerys, Stormborn of House Targaryen You can find leadership » Read More

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