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10 Management Lessons from Dragon Army

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Business insights can come from unexpected places, including children’s literature. Science fiction writer Orson Scott Card paints a marvelous portrait of people management, vividly contrasting what motivates and what demoralizes, and what creates excellence versus lackluster results.

The Motivated Leader: Three Strategies for Your War Story

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Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig. -Marcus Aurelius    On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember those who gave of themselves in service for the fight of freedom. Their narratives of leadership, heroism and sacrifice, or war stories, can yield lessons on » Read More

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Calling All Leaders!

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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 Secret of Motivating Your People (Hint: It’s Not Exactly Up to You)

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If you’ve been in a leadership position for very long, you’ve probably struggled with the challenge of motivating your people. Perhaps you’ve tried various techniques like the carrot and stick, the inspirational speech, or annual bonuses. Maybe you’ve even read books on motivation like Dan Pink’s Drive or perused some of the academic literature on » Read More

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7 Rock-Solid Leadership Lessons from Decades of Research on Motivation

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The fact that you’re reading this article means that you were impelled to action. You were motivated. Perhaps it was because of an internal need to learn more about leadership or to become a better leader.  Maybe your boss told you to read it or you’re doing some research for a paper. Whatever the reason, » Read More

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

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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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Empowerment Self-Diagnostic

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Are you empowering your people to greater success? This is a self-assessment process to determine the degree to which others are being empowered under your leadership. Prescriptive actions to create a more empowering environment are provided as you learn more about your empowerment style. Step 1 Write down every decision made for one week. Include » Read More

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From Idea to Action: 7 Steps to Getting Unstuck

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Have you ever had a really great idea, something you just knew you should do, yet somehow you did not act on it? Perhaps you even wrote it down while sincerely thinking to yourself, “I am going to do this.” It may have been sparked while you were in a meeting, attending a seminar, reading » Read More

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Power Up Your Leadership Effectiveness – Use Your Inside Voice

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Use your inside voice?  That sounds a bit strange for leadership advice. I know for those of you who are parents, this phrase sounds very familiar but in a different context.  When your kids are talking too loud indoors the common request is to ask them to “use their inside voice.” Who would think that » Read More

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The Final Chapter

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My father was in the hospital recently for treatment for a hemorrhagic stroke due to a rare condition he has. Fortunately, the stroke did not cause any permanent damage, only a temporary 80% loss of vision in one eye. While his vision is slowly coming back, he is frustrated (understandably) dealing with what he can’t » Read More

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