Blog - Leadership

Articles and blog posts on our many leadership topics.

  • Do you want to start benefiting from feedback, but don’t know where to begin?

    Do you want to start benefiting from feedback, but don’t know where to begin?

    Making It Safe to Tell the Truth (Practice #13 in Todd Davis’s bestselling book on effective relationships, Get Better) is an important theme when setting the groundwork for receiving feedback.

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  • Management vs. Leadership: The Great Debate

    Management vs. Leadership: The Great Debate

    Scott Miller explores the difference between management and leadership and the necessity of one over the other when it comes to working with people.

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  • Peak, Trough, and Recovery

    Peak, Trough, and Recovery

    Three words that recently, and very practically, changed my leadership style. I’ve known Daniel Pink for nearly 10 years and found his books to be both inspiring and pragmatic.

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  • Overcoming Pride and Pretension

    Overcoming Pride and Pretension

    In each of our lives, there are powerful restraining forces at work to pull down any new resolution or initiative. Among those forces are pride and pretension.

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  • Overcoming Appetites and Passions

    Overcoming Appetites and Passions

    In each of our lives, there are powerful restraining forces at work to pull down any new resolution or initiative. Among those forces are appetites and passions.

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  • Breaking Deeply Embedded Habits

    Breaking Deeply Embedded Habits

    Well-intentioned resolutions will fall flat in the face of stiff restraining forces without character and social reinforcements.Every organization and individual struggles

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  • Paradigms

    Paradigms

    Paradigm comes from the Greek root, paradigma. It basically means a pattern, a model, a representation, something that stands for something else.

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  • Examples of Servant Leaders

    Examples of Servant Leaders

    In many organizations I've worked in or with, I've seen examples of servant leaders who have really made a difference.

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  • Flying High

    Flying High

    I once had an experience that for me was a simulation of servant leadership. I was working with the Oregon Air National Guard and was scheduled to go up in an F-15.

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  • New Wine - Old Bottles

    New Wine - Old Bottles

    The adage that "you can't put new wine in old bottles" still holds true, as evidenced by attempts to profit senior executives with new leadership styles.

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  • Keys to Total Quality

    Keys to Total Quality

    The key to a total quality company is a total quality person who knows how to program and use a compass. I've always liked the expression, "If it's going to be, it's up to me."

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  • Subordinate the Clock to Compass

    Subordinate the Clock to Compass

    For many executives, the dominant metaphor of life is still the clock. We value the clock for its speed and efficiency. The clock has its place, efficiency has its place - after effectiveness.

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  • First Things First

    First Things First

    I've learned that the good is the enemy of the best when the first things in our lives are subordinated to other things.

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  • Currents in the Stream

    Currents in the Stream

    When I talk of the "stream," I mean the external forces and the powerful, deep currents that influence all we do in business. Changes in technology have totally revolutionized our world.

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  • Moral Compassing

    Moral Compassing

    When managing in the wilderness of the changing times, a map is of limited worth. What's needed is a moral compass.

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  • Embarrassing Duplicity

    Embarrassing Duplicity

    Once I was a faculty member at a university in Hawaii. I was very upset about our housing situation, and so I went directly to the president, since he worked with me on my visiting professorship.

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  • Be Loyal to Those Absent

    Be Loyal to Those Absent

    Being loyal to those who are absent and assuming good faith of others are keys to building trust in a culture. The ultimate test of principle-centered leadership is to be loyal to the absent.

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  • Your Job as a Leader: Engage Your People and Build Your Culture

    Your Job as a Leader: Engage Your People and Build Your Culture

    I work with government and corporate organizations around the globe, helping them improve their leadership and overall performance.

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  • As Performance Review Time Rolls Around, Consider A Different Approach

    As Performance Review Time Rolls Around, Consider A Different Approach

    I recently came across a news article exploring an emerging realm of performance reviews. I was thrilled with the forward thinking that many organizations are doing.

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  • Lead With Purpose: Get Aligned With Your Mission

    Lead With Purpose: Get Aligned With Your Mission

    In my first post on leading with purpose, I outlined two reasons for cynicism around mission statements. The first reason is that too many mission statements are meaningless platitudes.

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