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Trust Is The Minimum To Lead

I recently came across some commentary on trust by Dr. Henry Cloud, a noted leadership expert and clinical psychologist whom I greatly respect. Dr. Cloud emphasizes how trust is the minimum character requirement necessary to lead any group effectively. In previous...

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Outcomes Over Lists

The other day, I read a survey that found 63% of professionals kept daily to-do lists, yet only 11% actually accomplished everything on the list. This report made me wonder if to-do lists provide any real value. How can we leverage our lists to increase productivity...

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Business vs. Busyness

Do you know what your time is worth? It is worth more than you might think. Once spent, we can’t get a unit of time back. We can’t borrow it from the next day or next week. Too often, I am guilty of spending time foolishly or on habits I know don’t bring the results I...

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Garbage In, Garbage Out

The expression garbage in, garbage out (GIGO) goes back to early data processing days and was a favorite expression used by computer programmers in the 1960s. If the code they wrote was flawed or incomplete, it was considered garbage — non-useable. We have certainly...

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Leadership Lesson from the Thai Cave Rescue

As I write this post, 12 boys and their coach from a soccer team in Thailand have just recently been rescued from an underwater cave few experienced divers had ever been to before. The story of how they became trapped and their heroic rescue captured the world’s...

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Succession Planning

Goal Setting

Goal Setting and Goal Achievement

Much has been written about goal setting. Yet, many people comment that they are not satisfied with their performance in achieving those goals. This article is intended to address not only the effective setting of goals, but also to identify 8 steps to ensure that you...

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Employee Hiring & Retention

Hiring for the Long Term

Most managers and senior executives would agree that the task of hiring can be one of the responsibilities with the most impact in their organization. There are many reasons for this, including:   Many managers simply do not interview often enough to become expert at...

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The Value of Delegating

For the small business owner, deciding what, when and how to delegate, along with to whom to delegate to, are sometimes very difficult decisions to make. After all, it has taken your blood, sweat and sometimes tears to build the business. If you really want to let the...

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We Can’t All Be Iron Man

"Mark Zuckerberg. Steve Jobs. Elon Musk. Tony Stark. Only one of those four is fictional, but all share in a popular mythology that the most successful CEOs are independent visionaries who create value through sheer inspiration and force of will. But it obscures a...

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Deciding How Much to Pay Employees

Given the tight labor market of today, many companies struggle with the issue of how much to pay employees. You certainly want to pay someone based on the value they provide the company, but how do you decide exactly what that amount should be? You would probably...

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