Your Behavior Reveals Your Values

Companies frequently state integrity as one of their values in doing business. Sounds good but what does it really mean? Merriam-Webster defines integrity, a noun, as the following: Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code. The state of being unimpaired; soundness. The quality or condition of being whole or undivided; completeness. It is […]

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Gossip Strangles Growth

Almost everyone does it to some degree or another—share information and misinformation that serves no useful purpose.  It zaps productivity and morale. Gossip creates toxic cultures in companies and yet often it is the norm. You know when someone begins with “Well, I heard...” you are about to hear the latest scuttlebutt. It may or […]

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The Best Change Agent Is You

Many people attend events and leave inspired to make changes.  Often there is so much to do that they are defeated before they even start. Marshall Goldsmith, author and leadership thinker, spoke to 800 women entrepreneurs from around the globe in Dallas at the annual Women Presidents’ Organization conference.  He shared strategies to develop individually […]

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Virtues That Sabotage

Most of us would argue that excellence, fairness and collaboration are desirable in the work place.  Think again. In Tipping Sacred Cows—Kick the Bad Work Habits that Masquerade as Virtues (2013) Jake Breeden exposes the dark side of exalted virtues. He explores seven of the most common sacred cows in the work place. See my […]

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Leading in a Crisis

Leaders at all levels experience a crisis at one time or another.  Some are world wars, economic crashes, or weather events.  Others are more localized and personal but carry the responsibility of leading. In pondering how leaders behave in a crisis, regardless of the magnitude, I made a list. It is in no particular order. […]

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Failure Leads to Success

Failure is misunderstood.  Many make an effort to avoid failure at all costs because it means they are less than perfect. Having a failure affects the way many see themselves as winners. When you equate your personal value to achieving a desired outcome, you set up a thinking pattern that undermines your success.  “I did […]

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Leading with the ABCs

  When the ABCs are missing, leaders undermine the success of the team and the organization they are leading. The building blocks of success include these basics: Accountability – expect employees to honor commitments Boundaries—have a clear understanding of what is acceptable and what is not Consequences—determine the outcomes that are expected Recently I met […]

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From Inspiration to Perspiration for Results

Many people attend events that inspire them and they have a great time.  However, they fail to act on the inspiration.  They simply have been to a great conference and nothing changes. Another reason many of us fail to act on the inspiration, is that we are overwhelmed.  With so much to do, we feel […]

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Outwitting Your Fear of Success

Fear of success is like an undercover, secret agent. It uses clever disguises to accomplish its mission of sabotaging your success. To the unaware, untrained eye, your goals do not stand much of a chance. You wonder why you are not having the results you want. When you unknowingly hold back, you are cheating the […]

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Hope Is a Thinking Process

Many consider hope as an emotion that evokes warmth and optimism. All things are possible with hope. Thanks to Dr. Brene Brown and her qualitative research, I have found another way of looking at hope. Actually, C. R. Snyder, a former researcher at University of Kansas, Lawrence, changed Brown’s way of looking at hope and […]

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