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Your Wisdom Stories: Stories That Inspired Growth and Success

Several years ago five of my friends were diagnosed with serious, life-threatening illnesses around the same time.Other friends were dealing with family problems and a constant state of anxiety wondering, “When is the other shoe going to drop?”Each of these individuals are conscientious, hardworking and kind people. They were at...
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What to Do When Replacing a Leader is Costly and When NOT Replacing a Leader is Costly

Several years ago, I was in the play The Dining Room, a dramatization of several different families as they grow, as people die, as life happens, all in the same dining room. I have realized this is not a specific American family that is interesting to people - this is...
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4 Ways to help your team deal with transitions

Are you in the midst of a change and transition with your team? Perhaps a new initiative was recently launched and your employees are struggling to adjust.  Morale is down and you're concerned about the success of the new initiative. According to William Bridges, author of Managing Transitions: Making the...
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The Art of Gaining Perspective and Seeing the Bigger Picture

Many years ago, I read a story written by an unknown author about two men who shared a hospital room. Both men were confined to their beds. Every day, the man whose bed was next to the window described to his roommate what he saw as he looked out the...
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The Mindset Shift to Releasing What’s No Longer Needed

During a move several years ago, I found boxes of outdated documents I had been holding onto far longer than needed. Knowing the documents were taking up space, I made a plan to start getting rid of them over a three-week period by taking them to a store for shredding.I...
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Socks, Shoe Laces, and Leadership Fundamentals

March Madness is fast approaching, and every year as it becomes time for fans to start cheering for their teams and picks, I'm reminded of a blog I once wrote. It was about John Wooden, the former head coach of the UCLA Bruins Basketball team.Coach Wooden has been referred to...
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5 Ways to Stay Calm When Addressing Abrasive Behavior

Imagine this… You’re a leader addressing one of your top-performer’s abrasive behavior. You’re in the midst of telling her you’ve received a series of complaints about treating employees disrespectfully. Your demeanor is calm, and your tone of voice conveys that you genuinely care about helping your top performer overcome negative...
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It’s time to address abrasive behavior: 5 Steps to motivate abrasive leaders to change

Are you on the verge of losing valued employees because of a top-performing leader’s abrasive behavior?   If so, perhaps you’ve heard the following type of complaints from employees as they head for the door:   TEAM MEMBER A tells you she’s leaving because of repeatedly being yelled at in front of...
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What is a Fixer? The Costs and Benefits of Taking Charge

Have you ever found yourself stepping into a situation at work or at home, and taking on the task of solving other people’s problems?  Perhaps at the expense of your time, energy, and even money, you tend to step in to save the day? Do you ever feel overwhelmed by...
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How self-awareness optimizes your leadership and decreases your blind spots

When was the last time you welcomed difficult feedback from a colleague?  Despite how uncomfortable it was to hear, were you actually grateful that someone on your team had the courage to speak honestly about the impact of your words, attitude, or behavior?  That’s what happened to Ryan when one...