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3 Crucial Questions Leaders Need to Ask Every Day

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Most popular blogs distill leadership into three magic bullets for success. Leaders prefer their information in bite-size chunks. They are too busy to read more than 800 words or watch a video longer than 2 minutes. (Don’t worry, this blog is only about 500 words—so keep reading!) Turning leadership into clever platitudes drives me crazy. Blogs that take simple ideas and make them simplistic don’t do leaders any favors. Leadership is not simple. Leadership is a practice. Leadership is a  »  Read More

Where Values Come From

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Have you thought about how you got your values? You need to investigate where your values come from for three important reasons. Values influence your motivation to lead and ultimately the legacy you leave. Every decision you make is based on a value, whether you realize it or not. Your decisions are based on the cognitive standards of what you consider better or best versus good or not good. Problems attributed to miscommunication are often just the opposite. Most problems arise from clearly  »  Read More

Eating My Words on Praise?

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I have been on my soapbox for years warning you to stop saying the words: “I’m proud of you.” Do I need to eat my words? Last week I delivered my first-ever academic paper at an international conference. Yes, I dared to stand in front of researchers who crunch data for a living and explain the common and unique variance of leaders’ use of power on people’s motivation. I studied for weeks, received tutoring from a real statistician, and practiced aloud. All for a  »  Read More

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