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Watch Out! What You’ve Got Is Contagious

No, we’re not talking about a virus or a cold – we’re talking about your attitude. As a leader, your attitude is contagious. It will “infect” your team with every word you say and every action you take. Your very presence will transmit it to those around you. The question then becomes, what attitude are … Continue reading Watch Out! What You’ve Got Is Contagious

Two Pilots. Two Delays. Two Very Different Outcomes.

Sometimes, the universe conspires to make a point – and it does so with a clarity that borders on the incredible. In my case, the universe recently put two parallel experiences in front of me that perfectly captured the power and importance of communication for leaders. I can assure you that these two stories will … Continue reading Two Pilots. Two Delays. Two Very Different Outcomes.

People Know

People know. Too often, leaders forget that simple fact. They try to create an image that will impress their employees, their colleagues, their customers, and their vendors. But if that image doesn’t jive with reality, they aren’t fooling anyone. Because the fact is, people know. For example, take the team where one member is not … Continue reading People Know

Quality of Life Is a Valid Business Question

A 40-hour work week sounds like a dream to many people. The 2014 Gallup poll reports that 59% of full-time workers in America clock more than 40 hours per week, with 25% coming in at 60+ hours. Given those statistics, it is no wonder that work burnout is a common malady in industry today. If … Continue reading Quality of Life Is a Valid Business Question

I’m a Leader But I’m Also a Player and It Is Burning Me Out

Everybody is busy nowadays; no question about it. But there is busy and there is burnout. The two are very different. For leaders who are also forced to pick up a role as a player on the team they coach, burnout is often right around the corner. There are several ways this happens. Here is … Continue reading I’m a Leader But I’m Also a Player and It Is Burning Me Out

Leadership Courage Part 4: Setting a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal

Businesses around the world are indebted to James Collins and Jerry Porras for giving us the concept of the “BHAG” – a “big, hairy, audacious goal.” BHAGs have been instrumental in challenging and changing businesses for the better for years. BHAGs are stretch goals: specific in nature, long-term in timeframe, and transformative in outcome. It … Continue reading Leadership Courage Part 4: Setting a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal