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Does Your Team Feel Like a Burden?

Performers hate being burdensome. Most will go out of their way to avoid feeling like they are inconveniencing or saddling their teammates or leader with problems or projects. Yet,...
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Are You Competing or Completing?

Here’s a question to reflect on: When you encounter a top performing peer, how do you view them? As a competitor who threatens your position, or as someone who...
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What Matters Most After You’re Gone

You know that job you have now? You won’t have it forever. Someday, you’ll accept another offer that seems like a better fit. You’ll accept a more demanding job for...
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Are You Afraid to Praise?

Everyone needs praise and encouragement, some more than others. Yet, occasionally leaders withhold praise from their team members because they’re afraid of the impact their encouraging words will have!
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Leading a Team Changes Everything

You’ve probably seen an ad by Johnson and Johnson over the years with the slogan that “Having a baby changes everything.” When you have a child, everything does change...
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How We Punish Our Performers

The gentleman who sat in the aisle seat next to me on my flight back from Dallas to Atlanta last week was clearly unhappy. I assumed his frustration was...
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Look, Boss, I’m All Grown Up!

One thing I enjoy about leading teams is finding young people with potential and helping them grow into great leaders. Unfortunately, I’ve witnessed a lot of capable young leaders...
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How to Create a Fear-Based Culture

In the 16th century philosophical piece, The Prince, Niccolò Machiavelli, asserts that it is best for a leader to be both loved and feared, but if you can’t have both, then...
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What Worries Your Leader?

What are the top three or four things that worry your leader? Can you quickly answer that question? You should.
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Agreement? Optional. Support? Mandatory.

If at any point in your lifetime you plan on being part of the workforce, know this: Your leader (or your leader’s leader) is going to make a decision...
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