Archive for March, 2014

  • NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - MARCH 06:  Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) waves after speaking at the CPAC Conference, on March 6, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American Conservative Union (CPAC) held its 41st annual Conservative Political conference at the Gaylord International Hotel.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    How a Great Leader Brought Change to His Own Behavior

    I got a call a while back from a founding CEO of a growing company.  He asked if I would coach him.  I liked him from the beginning.  He said, “I’ve been an individual performer. But I need to learn to be a leader.” My […]

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    How to Avoid the One-Two Punch that Kills Creativity and Initiative

    There’s an absolutely deadly, yet little-known combo that can destroy the prospect of creativity and initiative, on the part of so-called followers. Here’s the math that I shared about — and with –  my students, as I began a class on risk-taking on Monday: 50 […]

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    Converting Complaints to Positive Leadership

    Thank you to the 231 of you who weighed in on my survey on complaining last week! I am afraid I botched the design a little,* but the core data remains fascinating:  People who responded guesstimated that they complain between 14 and 18 times a […]

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    Gain Self Awareness in 24 Hours

    The practitioners of “emotionally intelligent leadership” agree that self-awareness is a cornerstone skill to develop.  I offer today’s experimental Reading for Leading with the intent of helping you raise your self awareness. I have a question, then a challenge. I’m hoping that tomorrow (when I […]

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    How to Feed Your Team and Build a Positive Culture

    As long-time readers know (and by the way, today marks the beginning of year 14 of RFL), from time-to-time readers get enthused and write back to me with better ideas than I have shared in the first place. Today I feature feedback from a friend, […]

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