Category Archives: Facilitation

The Crucial Difference Between Leading Big and Leading Small

Dave is a smart guy– when it comes to most things. A Managing Director at a professional services firm, Dave knows his clients, industry, and the business inside and out.  He’s also passionate about wanting to grow the consulting skills … Continue reading

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You Only Get One Chance to Make the Last Impression

Leaders are in the job of creating experiences for the people they lead.  Great leaders are particularly intentional about crafting the arc of that experience.  They know what note they want to leave things on.  They plan out their arc … Continue reading

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Why You Need To Know That Context (Not Content) Is King

When I first picked up my local paper last week and read the front page of the “Cities & Towns” section, my first thought was that the three finalists for Police Chief at UMASS/Amherst had to perform together playing tiny … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Kill Your Credibility When Presenting to a Group

In The Leadership Challenge, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner write: Credibility is the foundation of leadership.   If you doubt the messenger, you doubt the message. Last week, I was leading an intensive workshop for a company in the professional services … Continue reading

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10 Things Leading An Auction Taught Me About Leading Meetings

You may never lead an auction in your life. But you probably do (or will) lead meetings. Last Friday night, I took my first turn as an auctioneer (and emcee) at the annual spring fundraiser for my kids’ elementary school. … Continue reading

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3 Easy Ways to Stop Meeting Madness

Meetings. (Cue the groans and eye rolls.) Nobody loves them. Let’s face it, most people would rather be anywhere else than in a business meeting. Are meetings doomed to be inherently horrible? Or have we just settled for mediocrity because we … Continue reading

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Wrap It Up, I’ll Take It! (Maybe….)

It’s been said that “Good things come in small packages.” It depends on the package. Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, what you think is inside of the package is heavily influenced by the package itself. … Continue reading

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Leading Doesn’t Mean Doing All of the Work

   I’m in the midst of a season of coaching. I’ve spent the last few months training up a couple of hundred employees in a client organization to facilitate a cultural change program that they are now delivering to their … Continue reading

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Want Them To Change? Go First.

  Wouldn’t the world be great if everyone did just what you wanted them to? If your kids behaved just right? If your direct reports were directly on target with all their work? If your boss was awesome? Alas, time … Continue reading

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Insanity By Powerpoint

    Technology is a terrific tool, when used well.   But when it fails, it fails miserably. I’m sure you’ve had the experience of Death by PowerPoint?  Have you ever had this thought: Look, if you’re going to stand … Continue reading

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