Leaders: What do you value?

The other day I was on the phone with my good friend Dave who runs a 2,400-person organization, and we got onto the topic of organizational alignment. I asked him what holds his organization together so tightly, and what allows him to get the results he’s getting. He replied, “One word: Values.” I asked him…

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Tapping Into Creativity for Business Results

We are all insanely busy, and getting busier all the time. We can’t add more hours to the day, so the only way to achieve our goals is to get further with the time we have. To get  the next game changing business idea, we need to step out of the    day-to-day business operations,…

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Five Steps to a Thriving Business Culture

Picture this: A work culture where people feel guarded. You can talk about things, but only to a point. You probably only trust a few people—if that. And with those people, you find yourself talking about all the issues and problems in the company. When it comes down to problems, there are many—but your hopes…

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Get Down To It: What Lies Behind That Dreaded Question?

I see it all the time, and it’s painful. You’re up there presenting, and you’re doing great. Your audience is cruising along with you, smooth sailing, until—*sound scary movie music*—the bomb drops. Someone hits you with that question—yes, you know. THAT ONE. The question around which you specifically designed your entire presentation to avoid. There’s no…

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5 Key Ways to Become a Better Leader by Answering Who You’re Not

People often come to me and say things like: “I feel like I’m a pretty good leader, but there’s still something missing,” or, “I’d love to have more influence over my team as a leader, but I’m not sure how.” My response—typically eliciting a crazy look— is, “Who are you not?” I then ask my clients to…

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