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To Brag or Not To Brag

To Brag or Not To Brag

Have you ever worked so hard for your team that you kind of wanted to brag about it, even though you just know that won't go over the way you hope it will? Don't beat yourself up about it. It's a natural response to want our teams to know we care, especially when so...

Rise Above The Noise

Rise Above The Noise

Last week, we talked about taking blame versus taking responsibility. For many leaders, distinguishing between the two can be difficult; in our sincere desire to take responsibility, we often assign ourselves blame -- and blame is never productive. It can be even more...

Taking Blame vs. Taking Responsibility

Taking Blame vs. Taking Responsibility

Recently, one of my clients was struggling because one of her subordinates had a complaint. The complaint was not about her specifically, but about the work environment -- but it still threw her through a loop. “I thought she was perfectly happy,” this client told me,...

How Much Transparency Is TOO Much?

How Much Transparency Is TOO Much?

We live in an era that values transparency and authenticity almost above all else. To be clear, I'm not complaining about that. Authenticity is powerful, and transparency is essential. But when we talk about transparency in business leadership, there is such a thing...

The Right Kind of Conflict

The Right Kind of Conflict

I’m going to say something a touch controversial, but please stick with me. I think by the end of this post, you’ll agree. Here it is: in our individual lives, true and complete peace isn’t possible.  Not only that — it isn’t necessary. And more importantly, you...

You CAN Escape the Peter Principle

You CAN Escape the Peter Principle

Organizations often fail when cultivating the people who are going to be promoted into the next level of position. Instead of consciously designing the growth of the individual and the position, they tend to execute the Peter principal: rising everyone to their own...

Tiger Woods Breaks Down His Swing

Tiger Woods Breaks Down His Swing

Did you know that every few years throughout his career, Tiger Woods would break down and rebuild his swing? It's true. Sometimes it was to accommodate an injury, others to fix a perceived flaw. He goes to a golf coach and has the coach re-teach him how to swing, from...

Life is Full of Contradictions

Life is Full of Contradictions

Isn't it funny how such opposing contradictions can be true? Like that saying for parents that days go slow but the years go fast, or that feeling of being so busy and yet accomplishing so little.   Or being afraid of retirement for fear of not knowing what to do with...

Just An Assistant

Just An Assistant

Did Elon Musk really do that? When his dedicated assistant asked for a raise to equal the level of contribution she was providing, did Musk really say, “Take two weeks off and see if you are indispensable,” and then realize she wasn’t, and then fire her? There are...

Are You Doing the Internal Work?

Are You Doing the Internal Work?

When we’re planning ahead for what’s going to make the year great, we’re often thinking externally. We’re thinking marketplace objectives, budgets, spreadsheets, and check marks. We do this. Companies do this. And you know what? That’s fine. It’s important! The...

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