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  • Practice Humility

    Practice Humility

    Has your lack of humility ever held you back from getting better—would you even know if it had? Above all other character qualities, humility is foundational.

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  • Locked in disagreement? Break through with 'glasses that work'

    Locked in disagreement? Break through with 'glasses that work'

    Disagreement is common, and when it reaches deadlock, the success of our team and company objectives can be undermined.

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  • Managers: Playing pinball is fun, but if you want results plan ahead

    Managers: Playing pinball is fun, but if you want results plan ahead

    It is easy to get pulled in a multitude of directions, but ultimately, there is a task in need of prioritization. Here is a strategy you can use to stay focused and boost productivity—and happiness.

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  • Why Learning to Think “We” Not “Me” Can Help Lead You to Ultimate Success

    Why Learning to Think “We” Not “Me” Can Help Lead You to Ultimate Success

    In business, education, sports, even family life, we are encouraged and rewarded to compete: land the biggest account, reach the top of the bell curve, score the most points, or outperform our sibling

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  • Stop Focusing on What's Urgent and Prioritize What's Important

    Stop Focusing on What's Urgent and Prioritize What's Important

    The truth is that, with practically every worthwhile job or career, we can all get caught up in the "pinball syndrome."

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  • WSJ Reports a Soaring Economy, But One Thing Might Hold Your Organization Back

    WSJ Reports a Soaring Economy, But One Thing Might Hold Your Organization Back

    In the midst of these positive signs, there is one thing that will keep you and your organization from winning.

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  • Align Inputs With Outputs

    Align Inputs With Outputs

    Do you find yourself unable to consistently get or replicate your desired results—especially when it comes to building relationships?

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  • Make it Safe to Tell the Truth

    Make it Safe to Tell the Truth

    When was the last time you asked for feedback? If you can’t remember, you’re in good company. Most of us resist it because we equate it with criticism.

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  • Extend Trust

    Extend Trust

    Are you more inclined to distrust others than to trust them? Or do you give away your trust prematurely and regret it later? Neither extreme is useful when building effective relationships.

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  • Get Your Volume Right

    Get Your Volume Right

    We all have natural strengths—our “go to” way for getting things done. Using and nurturing them is a fundamental part of who we are.

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  • Trust Starts With Who You Are

    Trust Starts With Who You Are

    Your personal credibility is the foundation on which all trust is built. Credibility is a function of two things: your character and your competence.

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  • Trust - A Performance Multiplier

    Trust - A Performance Multiplier

    In his classic book, The Speed of Trust, Stephen M. R. Covey explained that the first imperative of a leader is to inspire trust.

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  • 5 Steps to Unleash Productivity

    5 Steps to Unleash Productivity

    Each person in your organization is unique and has an irreplaceable set of gifts, talents, skills, and passions that cannot be found anywhere else.

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  • Execute With Excellence: The 4 Disciplines of Team Engagement

    Execute With Excellence: The 4 Disciplines of Team Engagement

    Now, what happened to the city workers in Aurora, Illinois, as they started to live by the principles of excellent execution?

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  • Execute With Excellence: Create a Cadence of Accountability

    Execute With Excellence: Create a Cadence of Accountability

    So you’ve decided on your wildly important goals. You’ve set your measures, put up a scoreboard…and then you might watch the entire effort fall apart.

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  • Execute With Excellence: Keep a Compelling Scoreboard

    Execute With Excellence: Keep a Compelling Scoreboard

    People play differently when they’re keeping score. Your team needs a scoreboard so you can tell at a glance how you’re progressing towards your wildly important goals.

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  • Execute With Excellence: Act on the Lead Measures

    Execute With Excellence: Act on the Lead Measures

    In tracking progress of a goal, there are two kinds of measures: lead and lag. Lead measures track actions you take to achieve the goal.

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  • Execute With Excellence: Focus on the Wildly Important

    Execute With Excellence: Focus on the Wildly Important

    Nearly every team has an articulated strategy, But that strategy becomes meaningless if the team fails to produce results. Successful leaders not only create a clear strategy, they execute it.

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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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