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Four New Leadership Types Found in the Most Unlikely Place

  No matter where I go, I can’t help notice people leading. It’s fascinating because you can find leaders just about anywhere. However, I wasn’t expecting to see such a blossoming petri dish of leadership during, of all things, a large family reunion at a popular Lake Superior lodge. Specifically, I observed four leadership types. What ...

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Are “Best Companies to Work For” Really the Best?

Every time I see the results of any “Top Workplaces” survey, I grow very suspicious. Yet, I read on. Maybe THIS time a best company to supposedly work for found the magic formula, and actually is a great place to work. Because at times, I am surprised by some of the names on the list. For ...

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Make the Ask

I have spent time lately trying to raise money for different non-profits. It’s a simple process in terms of identifying contacts with whom you have good relationships, describing the benefits of contributing and how it may fit with corporate or personal giving goals. Put a specific amount or product ask out there and that’s pretty ...

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Knowing Yourself First, Part III and Final

Recall from Parts I & II, our intent is to develop the foundation of being a great leader, inspiring others and getting great results with customers: Modeling the Way. In order for you to Model the Way, I said you need to Know Yourself First through identifying your values and getting feedback from others. Knowledge ...

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Knowing Yourself First, Part II

Last week in Part I, I discussed a simple exercise to help you name your values. Expressing those core values at work is the crucial step toward leadership credibility. While having completed this exercise myself in different ways through the years, this time when writing about “I believe” and “My ideal life looks like” I made ...

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Knowing Yourself First, Part I

There is no magical formula to leadership, but one thing that many leadership “models” or courses will encourage is to know yourself first. One of my favorite leadership books is “The Leadership Challenge” by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner. This popular executive leadership process is based on 30 years of research and millions of users ...

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Give Your Voice a Week Off

Opening your eyes and ears is a lot harder than opening your mouth, but its effects are profound. Executive or employee, small business or large, I’ll bet you’re constantly worrying about setting expectations, reiterating key messages related to your company’s goals, offering an opinion on all the things you feel you should, making sure the ...

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Great Leaders Say “Thank You”

There are a handful of expressions whose impact far exceed the effort to say them, and on the top of the list is, “Thank you.” In rare win-win fashion, you feel good and you’ll likely make someone’s day or week. Rules for giving feedback are pretty basic: immediate and specific. The same rules apply to ...

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