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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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What I “Love” About This COVID-19 Experience

Do I really “love” COVID-19? Of course not! But this experience is teaching us at least three things that will make us stronger, and I do love that. See if you agree with me.

Do I really “love” COVID-19? Of course not! But this experience is teaching us at least three things that will make us stronger, and I do love that. See if you agree with me. (more…)

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How to Feel Better While Social Distancing

If you’re like me, you may be feeling a little down from the reality of social distancing. Here is one lesson and three ways to feel better during the COVID 19 crisis.

If you're like me, you may be feeling a little down from the reality of social distancing. Here is one lesson and three ways to feel better during the COVID 19 crisis. (more…)

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3 Don’ts of Intentional Leadership

During COVID 19 or any other crisis, leaders must lead more intentionally than ever. Here are 3 things that hinder intentional leadership. Check yourself.

During COVID 19 or any other crisis, leaders must lead more intentionally than ever. Here are 3 things that hinder intentional leadership. Check yourself. (more…)

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Encouragement for Leaders in Crisis Mode

Encouragement for Leaders in Crisis Mode Ideas for Navigating the COVID 19 Chaos As a leader in your organization, your top priority must be to create some sense of order out of the chaos that COVID 19 is creating. It is an uncertain, likely overwhelming responsibility. To encourage you — the leader — as you’re […]

Encouragement for Leaders in Crisis Mode Ideas for Navigating the COVID 19 Chaos As a leader in your organization, your top priority must be to create some sense of order out of the chaos that COVID 19 is creating. It is an uncertain, likely overwhelming responsibility. To encourage you -- the leader -- as you're rethinking processes, redeploying resources, reassuring employees and customers, making serious decisions in real time -- here are 3 ideas to help you successfully navigate these challenging days. I love a good story -- and I'm sure you will have some incredible successes to tell in the days ahead -- examples that I'm sure will serve as encouragements for leaders for years to come! (more…)

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