Book Review

Our Egos are a Problem at Work. But Not in the Way You Think.

September 25, 2017

The word “ego” carries a lot of baggage, with connotations like: Blowhard. Difficult to get along with. Egomaniac. Middle man to the Id and Superego. Rarely have three letters evoked so much emotional drama. In fact, perhaps you experienced a bit of inner turmoil prior to clicking the link to this blog post. Because, of […]

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Three Sentences that Cost Your Business Time, Money, and Grief

January 30, 2017

“You can’t change horses in mid-stream.” “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” “This time is different.” How many times have you heard these (or similar) sayings tossed out at the conference table when you’re making an important business decision? These sentences are short-hand for cautionary tales when it comes to decision-making.  Rather […]

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Author Q & A with Bill Treasurer

December 14, 2016

Next month, one of my favorite leadership authors, Bill Treasurer, releases a new book, A Leadership Kick in the Ass: How to Learn from Rough Landings, Blunders, and Missteps .  Read my book review here. As part of the book launch, I was lucky enough conduct an email interview with Bill. Here are excerpts from […]

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Leaders Who Get a Swift Kick in the Butt Are Better for It

December 12, 2016

Leadership, as a topic, can be perplexing. As a leader, you are expected to be bold and calculated, passionate and reasonable, rational and emotional, driven and patient  . . .and yes, confident and humble. Faced with all of these often conflicting factors it’s enough to make you scratch your head and wonder, Where on earth […]

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Manners in the Workplace are a Competitive Advantage

October 24, 2016

In 2005, university professor and communications expert Dr. Beverly Langford published The Etiquette Edge: The Unspoken Rules to Business Success, to positive reviews. Fast-forward a decade, and Langford has once again stepped into the spotlight with a second edition of her book, The Etiquette Edge: Modern Manners for Business Success. In this age where manners […]

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Think Less, Live More – A Worthwhile Gift

January 28, 2016

When I first ordered Shelley Row’s book Think Less, Live More: Lessons from a Recovering Over-Thinker, I was intrigued by the notion of learning to not “over-think” things. Indeed, this book does cover that topic. Yet it explores much more than just how to get out of analysis paralysis. The book also discusses how to […]

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Closing the 3 Gaps – A Blueprint for Inner Peace

January 12, 2016

Hyrum Smith’s teachings have had a profound impact on the way I prioritize my life. As a young professional, I recall listening to an audio tape on how to effectively use the Franklin Planner time management system. Hyrum, then the founder of the Franklin Institute, was a charismatic speaker who was passionate about helping people […]

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Mastering Leadership – A Roadmap for Personal Transformation

December 1, 2015

Few would argue that “leadership effectiveness” is one of the most important elements of business success. Yet, how many leaders in their organizations make their own leadership development a top priority? Even fewer set out to make a monumental personal transformation along the way. Yet that just what’s needed in today’s complex work world: leaders […]

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5 Ways to be a Leader – and Only One Requires a Title

September 24, 2015

  Everyone has the capacity to lead. Not everyone agrees with this statement. In fact, it’s a hotly contested debate on many leadership blogs. I believe it. I believed it when I helped co-author The Character-Based Leader in 2012. And I believe it more with each passing day, especially as I coach my kids in […]

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Blueprints for Nine Essential Business Meetings

August 10, 2015

Let’s just put it right out there: pretty much everybody loves to hate business meetings. I’m on the record in support of meetings if they’re held for the right reasons and are run effectively. So, count me in the minority of people who think (some) meetings are OK. The problem is, we humans can muck […]

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