Leadership in Scary Times

Leadership is at a premium in scary times. Worldwide events in early 2020 demonstrate the importance of strong leadership from the local level to the international stage. For example, Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, has led her country of five million through the coronavirus pandemic with empathy and strength.   With so much […]

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Your Mindset Changes Everything

Your mindset predisposes you to failure or success. That’s the bad news AND the good news. Your mindset dictates how you approach anything. Dr. Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University explains that in a fixed mindset your talents, intelligence and abilities are cast in stone. They are set and finite. No matter what […]

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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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How to Sabotage Your Success by Playing It Safe

When your prevailing mindset is to play it safe, you are setting yourself up to lose opportunities. It is understandable that many business owners and entrepreneurs have operated by playing it safe. They mistakenly believe they are playing to win when, in fact, they are playing not to lose and sabotaging their growth efforts. How […]

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Do You Know What It Takes?

  Do you know what it takes to position your business for success in a new landscape? Some people are defeated before they begin. The pessimist expects the worst outcome.  As Winston Churchill said, “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity.  The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” What personal leadership traits are essential […]

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Cracking the Code of Change

Change can be uncomfortable. People resist changing their behavior to meet a challenging situation even when change is beneficial to them. In November 2004 IBM sponsored the "Global Innovation Outlook" conference in New York.  They invited visionary thinkers from all over the world to assemble and propose solutions to some of the world's biggest problems.  […]

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Skinning a Cat

Knowing how to skin a cat and other new skills is a good idea....today. You probably thought you would never need to know how to skin a cat differently.  You may have even thought you knew all there was to know about running a successful business only to discover things changed right before your very […]

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Trust, the Deep Rudder of Leadership

Others disappoint us when they break a promise or fail to honor their word.  Enough broken promises and distrust sets in.  When this happens, your focus shifts to staying afloat and out of troubled waters instead of excellence and serving the customer, employee or community. You and/or your business can dig a deep hole of […]

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Leading Is a Hard Hat Zone

Steel toe shoes, goggles and hard hats are standard equipment for a construction site -- a place where change visibly occurs. Whether a new structure emerges from ideas on a blue print or an historic cotton mill is transformed into luxury living space, change is occurring.  New construction or redevelopment can be a dangerous place […]

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