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  • avoiding pitfalls

    How People — Perhaps You — Get into bad trouble

    Last week I wrote about how vital it is to listen listen listen to younger folks who see things different than you might.  Claire Stevens, a self-described “late twenties, government worker, wife and mother” wrote a fantastic response from her perspective, which I commend to […]

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    Finishing the Year Strong – One Easy Idea

    Friends, Sometimes December has the feel of the late stages of a marathon.  The work, like those 26.2 miles, keeps coming, and you really start to just want it to be over.  Even harder than those moments late in a marathon are the moments late […]

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    Four Things to do When Leading but Losing

    Four Things to do When Leading but Losing Friends, In March Madness, 67* teams get Mad and one gets crowned the champ.  Lousy odds!  It gets worse, though:  in every single opening round game where a #1 seed has faced a #16 seed team, the […]

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  • Help Wanted

    Get Help!!!

    Friends, Last week I invited you to commit to making this the best year of your life.  Part of making 2012 my best year on the planet is reaching the specific Big Hairy Audacious Goal of landing a TV show to engage everyday leaders around […]

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    Kid Kate Coaches on Coaching

    Friends, I can’t quite figure out what to think of the fact that Kate, our oldest daughter, was the one of our three kids who seemed to need the most coaching; and now at 22, she’s expert and forthright.  I look up to her for […]

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    Friends, I heard from two Romanians, a Hungarian, Venezuelan, Pakistani, and one American.  I ran an experiment that shed an eerie light on the book that Jennifer and I have coming out in three weeks, and it also reinforced my thinking about the importance of this […]

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    The Crucible: Challenge, Character and Leadership

    Friends, My favorite leadership quote seems apropos for some current political stories, for my own personal journey, and for some readers – perhaps you – this week. Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner write, “Name any great leader, performer, scientist, athlete, activist, citizen. Chances are that […]

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    I Dare You to Tell Me This Isn’t The Biggest Leadership Challenge!

    Friends, Isn’t it superb that leadership is a life long process?!! And guess what’s likely the single most important passage in that process of leadership development? I’m 100% behind Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner when they write: “Only challenge produces the opportunity for greatness.” (See […]

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  • World's Best Boss

    Last Week on “Everyday Leadership”: How to be the Boss

    Last week on “Everyday Leadership” Dan discussed being the boss, and the different managerial styles between men and women. Different managerial styles between men and women can be a loaded question, with many different takes on it. Dan was looking to explore if there is […]

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    Getting Promoted – The Data and Implications for Everyday Leaders

    Getting Promoted – The Data and Implications for Everyday Leaders Friends, A big thanks to the 900+ people who answered last week’s brief survey on what gets people job promotions.  The results are fascinating, so I’ll summarize the two clear takeaways. First,  how fair are […]

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