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Trust Me, It’s Possible

Your big idea.  In the beginning it feels impossible.  On one hand, you know that can’t be true.  Very few ideas are actually impossible.  But on the other hand it doesn’t really seem possible either.  It seems so unclear.  So far away.  So hard.  So foreign.  It can paralyze you. I’ve been there.  It’s a…

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You Go First: How Corporate Culture Really Changes

Most efforts to change corporate cultures are an utter waste of time, energy and money.  There’s always a clever framework full of boxes and lines along with a sharp person who can expertly explain how they all connect.  Data is gathered for each, and plans for change are created.  It all sounds undeniably smart. Then it…

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Leadership Training is an Oxymoron

You can’t train someone to be a leader. You can provide a context in which they can learn to be leaders.  That’s everywhere, every day.  People learn to lead when their butt is on the line.  They learn to lead when they clarify a vision with others and then, through trial and error, make it…

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“I F**ked Up”

Let’s face it, if you’re trying to do anything complex or difficult (which we all are), you’re going to screw up.  You’re going to leave out a basic step in a simple process and look like an idiot.  You’re going to send a “benign” email that pisses people off.  You’re going to waste time on…

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Good vs Bad Goal Setting

The worst kind of goal setting is no goal setting.  Processes get detached from objectives.  No one knows why they’re doing what they’re doing.  No one knows if they’re making progress.  No one feels inspired.  Over time, a descent into lethargy and failure ensues.  No goals = no meaningful direction. Only slightly better than no…

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An Extraordinary Book Party

Thank you Steven and Liz Edersheim for hosting an extraordinary book party for me Feb 21st in New York City.  The feeling of love and support from everyone in attendance was wonderful.  It’s something I’ll never forget. One of my favorite shots of the night was renowned leadership expert Frances Hesselbein embracing the book with a…

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How to WOW Your Boss: 4 Miracle Questions

I don’t know your boss, but I know exactly what he/she wants from you—to make his/her life easier.  There’s nothing a boss hates more than to feel as though an employee is one more thing that she has to manage.  One of the simplest ways to get “out in front” of your boss is to…