Blog - Leadership

Articles and blog posts on our many leadership topics.

  • Balancing Humility and Hubris

    Balancing Humility and Hubris

    Leadership requires a balance of humility and hubris. Scott Miller offers four tips that all leaders can use to help in this delicate balancing act.

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  • The Deliberate Presenter

    The Deliberate Presenter

    Scott Miller shares some great ideas to take into consideration whenever you make a presentation. From defining your purpose and assessing your performance, and everything in between.

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  • 6 Tips To Stay Cool Through Bad News

    6 Tips To Stay Cool Through Bad News

    Scott Miller shares six leadership tips to keep your cool and to successfully lead through bad news.

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  • Know Your Stuff

    Know Your Stuff

    Scott Miller shares a challenge with presenters everywhere: Know your stuff inside and out. Don't rely on anything besides your knowledge and passion for the subject to communicate your message.

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  • The Incalculable Value of Affirming Others

    The Incalculable Value of Affirming Others

    Scott Miller shares the incalculable value of affirming others and how it can have a long lasting impact on a person's life.

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  • What's Your Story?

    What's Your Story?

    Scott Miller shares the importance of knowing your story as a leader, especially how it helps you to effectively coach others to find theirs.

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  • The Focusing Power of No

    The Focusing Power of No

    It is incumbent upon leaders to say no to good ideas every day in order to focus on the wildly important strategic goals of their organizations.

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  • 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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