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Key to Success

In previous posts, I shared two important elements of success: 1) knowledge with understanding and 2) skills with application. But I stated very clearly there are at least three elements necessary to success. Not one, not two, but three things an individual needs to realize his or her full potential as it relates to the […]

In previous posts, I shared two important elements of success: 1) knowledge with understanding and 2) skills with application. But I stated very clearly there are at least three elements necessary to success. Not one, not two, but three things an individual needs to realize his or her full potential as it relates to the success they desire. So what is this remaining key to success? Let's take a look. (more…)

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The Second Element of Success

In a recent post I responded to a question posed: “Does all this change we are going through change the formula for success?” I shared my belief that, regardless what changes around us, three elements of success will not change. The first element of success is knowledge — knowing and understanding your area of interest […]

In a recent post I responded to a question posed: "Does all this change we are going through change the formula for success?" I shared my belief that, regardless what changes around us, three elements of success will not change. The first element of success is knowledge -- knowing and understanding your area of interest or endeavor. Today, let's explore the second element: skill with application. (more…)

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Elements of Success

In light of changes brought on by the coronavirus crisis, the most often-asked question I’ve gotten in recent days is this: “Does all this change success? I feel like I’ve been working toward a goal and I want desperately to be successful. But will all that is going on around us, how has that changed?” […]

In light of changes brought on by the coronavirus crisis, the most often-asked question I’ve gotten in recent days is this: “Does all this change success? I feel like I've been working toward a goal and I want desperately to be successful. But will all that is going on around us, how has that changed?” That's a fair question. In response, I believe there are three elements of success. Regardless what changes around you you can gauge your progress by these. Let's take a look at the first one. (more…)

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Leadership of a Higher Order

I’ve long defined leadership as a person’s ability to offer service and their willingness to take action on behalf of others. But there is leadership — and love — of a higher order.

I’ve long defined leadership as a person's ability to offer service and their willingness to take action on behalf of others. But there is leadership -- and love -- of a higher order. (more…)

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The Overlooked Truth of Change

There is a truth about change that often gets disregarded or altogether missed. Sure, change brings unexpected problems. That’s where most of us want to focus. And since the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve all experienced multiple unexpected difficulties. But the most successful leaders among us focus on something quite different. These folks understand, prepare for — […]

There is a truth about change that often gets disregarded or altogether missed. Sure, change brings unexpected problems. That's where most of us want to focus. And since the COVID-19 crisis, we've all experienced multiple unexpected difficulties. But the most successful leaders among us focus on something quite different. These folks understand, prepare for -- even seek out -- something else. What is this overlooked truth of change? (more…)

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Work from Home Productivity: 2 Ways to Check It

Just last week I had an exchange with a colleague asking my take on how to check an employee’s work from home productivity. Jerry wrote, “I’m fielding a new question from my clients who now have a WFH workforce and…one of their first questions is, ‘How do I know my people are working from home?’” […]

Just last week I had an exchange with a colleague asking my take on how to check an employee's work from home productivity. Jerry wrote, "I'm fielding a new question from my clients who now have a WFH workforce and...one of their first questions is, 'How do I know my people are working from home?'" Jerry's question boils down to how supervision from a distance can work effectively. Let's take a closer look. (more…)

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Questions to Guide an Intentional Leader

Are you just an accidental or incidental leader? Neither is a good long-term leadership strategy. So if you’re looking to be more purposeful, here are 3 strategic questions to guide you to be an intentional leader.

Are you just an accidental or incidental leader? Neither is a good long-term leadership strategy. So if you're looking to be more purposeful, here are 3 strategic questions to guide you to be an intentional leader. (more…)

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Coping with Stress? Take the 7 Question Test

Four times in the next two weeks, I’ll be talking with business clients about coping with stress, fear and managing change. These are some very real and difficult challenges for all of us. But especially for leaders. Leaders not only have to deal with their own personal reactions to change, fear and stress. They also […]

Four times in the next two weeks, I'll be talking with business clients about coping with stress, fear and managing change. These are some very real and difficult challenges for all of us. But especially for leaders. Leaders not only have to deal with their own personal reactions to change, fear and stress. They also have to figure out how to help their employees do the same. This 7 question test will help you know how well you're coping with stress. Then offers some practical ways you and your people can not just get through this stressful season of change, but come out of it better than ever! (more…)

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Business Lessons to Keep

I’ve given some thought to the business lessons I’ve learned over the past 32 years in my roles as entrepreneur, business owner, speaker, trainer, author and perpetual student of leadership and human nature. I’ve synopsized them into 32 (or so) quick thoughts and lessons learned. Much more could be said about each one. Maybe I’ll […]

I’ve given some thought to the business lessons I’ve learned over the past 32 years in my roles as entrepreneur, business owner, speaker, trainer, author and perpetual student of leadership and human nature. I’ve synopsized them into 32 (or so) quick thoughts and lessons learned. Much more could be said about each one. Maybe I’ll do just that in the days ahead. But for now, take about 32 seconds to read the following. Maybe you'll find a keeper for yourself! (more…)

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