Category Archives: Decision Making

3 Clues that Pride Has Gotten The Best of You

What comes to mind when you hear the word ego? Is your first association positive or negative? The paradoxical truth is that it’s both.   Ego can serve as a a major pro or a major con. Ego can be … Continue reading

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When Messing Up Is The Best Thing You Can Do

Saturday did not go as planned. Paul, Alex and I were two days into a three-day backpacking trip in the Adirondack mountains of New York State.  Hiking north on the Northville-Lake Placid Trail, we were fourteen miles away from civilization.  Paul, one of … Continue reading

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The Hidden Benefit of Disclosure

I’m not passive-aggressive…I’m just aggressive.   I recognize it’s a problem for the teams that I work with. This was the start of my first leadership coaching session with Renée. Still early in her career but wise beyond her years, … Continue reading

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Stopping: A Surprisingly Useful Skill

The flight started off normal enough. We’d left Newark Airport right on time, and we’d been in the air for three hours. The Boeing-737 descended smoothly, and the pilot brought her in for a perfect landing. What happened next, however, … Continue reading

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Do You Listen When Opportunity Knocks?

If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade. Tom Peters Rushing into the ballroom, I scanned my surroundings. There were four large round tables, and they were all full. I really hate being late. I was at a … Continue reading

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The Three Simple Words That Ignite Leadership

MAKE IT SO. At its core, isn’t this what leadership is about? To make something that is not yet so – so? It sounds so simple.  But it’s not easy. To “make it so” takes: Passion Vision Initiative Influence Courage … Continue reading

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Three Big Business Benefits to Being Curious

Do you have to manage more information than ever before? Is change hitting you faster than ever before? Welcome to the two-headed monster of today’s work world. We’re living in an age of complexity—one that shows no signs of going … Continue reading

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Are You THIS Committed to Growing Your People?

In working with hundreds of organizations, a recurring theme is that great leaders develop other leaders. On paper, that’s an easy concept to grasp: it’s pretty obvious. However, the challenge in the real world–the too much to do, not enough time to … Continue reading

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The Hidden Danger of Adding Value

My friend and neighbor Todd has two twin boys, Emmett and Leo. The boys are three years old and describing them as a “bundle of energy” doesn’t do them justice. I ran into the three of them (of all places) … Continue reading

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When Things Break Down, How Do You Respond?

Anyone can steer the ship when the seas are calm. Publius Syrus, Roman Author, 1st Century BC How do you show up when things go wrong? Victor Frankl, author of Man’s Search for Meaning, wrote: Between stimulus and response is … Continue reading

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