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Changing Lanes

By Patrick Leddin | November 15, 2020

Many years ago, I earned a speeding ticket. I say I earned it because I was driving too fast and there’s a natural consequence for driving too fast especially when a police officer is present – you earn a ticket. The paperwork stated that I could either pay a fine or go to a driver’s…

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Why You Should Revisit Your Thinking

I recently talked to Prakash Raman about how our thinking shapes us. Prakash is a leadership coach who is listed on the MG100 and recognized as a global thought leader. It was a very interesting conversation that focused on the concept of attachment and how our attachments can shape our mindset, behaviors, and results. Prakash shared…
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5 Things to Look for in a Job Candidate

Imagine that you are interviewing for a leadership role. You’ve studied the position, looked into organizational challenges and opportunities, and conducted a couple of mock interviews. You settle into the chair and I enter the room and introduce myself. During the interview, I’m looking for several things to suggest that you are a good fit…
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Communicating in Tough Times

Leading in tough times requires effective communication. This week’s leadership tool outlines 3 communication behaviors that you should embrace when moving through uncertainty: 1. Be proactive; don’t allow the story to overtake your message. 2. Be appropriately serious; don’t come across flippant. 3. Be open to feedback; don’t create an environment where people won’t speak…
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Find Your Path

The vast majority of my career has been spent being developed to lead others, leading others, or developing others to lead. Throughout much of that time, we would be led down a fairly prescriptive path. To be a leader, you’d have to have this experience, go to this course, take this job, etc. There was…
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Do Your Actions Pass the Grocery Shopping Test?

Years ago, a friend told me that she isn’t one to burn bridges. If she ever bumps into a customer or colleague at the grocery store, she doesn’t want them to try to avoid her. I’ve tried to take her idea to heart. I find myself envisioning a future day, 15 or 20 years down…
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4 Reasons That You Should Start a Business Today

Every semester, I invite entrepreneurs into my classroom at Vanderbilt University to share their stories with my students, partner with student teams to address business challenges, and receive recommendations about how to improve their businesses, drive growth, and better position themselves in the marketplace. Using these experiences as a backdrop, coupled with my own business…
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7 Keys to Giving Your Boss Effective Feedback

No leader is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. This is true for you and for your boss too. A good follower understands the importance of giving effective feedback to her boss. Download a PDF of the tool below.
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Are Great Leaders Born or Made?

If you want to be a doctor, it takes over a decade. You can’t wake up one morning and decide to do surgery. You can’t do an “accelerated track” for “high potential medical students” and get up to speed in a couple years. You need four years of undergrad, four years of medical school, and…
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How Culture Can Devour a Leader

Perhaps you are familiar with this well-known Peter Drucker quote about the power of culture. Culture eats strategy for breakfast. My experience suggests that culture has a fairly robust appetite. Not only does it have the ability to eat strategy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, sometimes, it can devour a leader as well. When this…
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Tool: 3 Leadership Behaviors that Work

I’m excited to share our latest free leadership tool. Do you want to be a more effective leader? I’d recommend that you embrace three leadership behaviors that work: Recognize people as individuals Invite people to participate in something bigger than themselves Create positive memorable experiences We release new tools every week.  Get 60 in your…
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True Leaders Jump First

A decade ago, Simon Sinek asked Marine Corps Lieutenant General George Flynn, “What made the Marines so great?” The general responded, “Officers eat last.” Sinek slightly modified the sentiment and used it as the title of his 2014 bestseller, Leaders Eat Last. The book focuses on the sacrifices that true leaders make for their people and a…
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3 Tips for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

About 20 years ago, my wife, Jamie, and I started Wedgewood Consulting Group. We built the business from scratch, led it for over a decade, and then sold it. We learned mountains of lessons, many of which I’ve discussed on LinkedIn over the years, including some of the stories which form the basis of the 5…
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3 Problems Plaguing Your Productivity. Number 3 Might Be Killing You.

Today’s productivity problems go far deeper than just managing units of time. Our world has a few specific challenges that allow the time to just “go by,” and can leave us feeling unaccomplished and weary at the end of a day. Productivity Problem #1 We are making more decisions than we ever have before. Think…
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Are You Promoting the Right People?

Imagine for a moment that you just got promoted. Your first order of business? Help choose your replacement. To you, there’s really no need to interview anyone. You already know that you’ll be choosing your hotshot lead analyst who has been performing at a high level for some time. Fast forward 6 months, and things…
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What Does a Leader Do, Anyway?

Leadership is incredibly hard to define. Instead of trying to figure out what a Leader is, I find it easier at times to discern what a Leader does. I’ve whittled it down to three key jobs of a Leader. No matter what organization or industry you’re in, or what job title you have, or what…
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How COVID-19 Barriers Remind Us that Great Leaders are Barrier Busters

In recent weeks, I’ve watched as neighborhood businesses began to come back to life amid COVID-19. After last week’s article, I’ve been making an effort to (safely) get back into my old routine. In addition to asking customers to wear masks and comply to social distancing standards, restaurants and stores are installing plexiglass barriers at…
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How to Help an Employee to Quit

This week I had the pleasure of speaking with my friend, Chris Stemp. Chris hosts the Smart People Podcast and works at Nestle in Learning and Development. He has two small children and a beautiful home – he seems to have it all. But at one point, he was passed out in his boss’s office…
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TOOL: 3 People-Centric Actions of Great Leaders

Regardless of your industry, function, or any other aspect of your role, if you want to be a great leader, you must be people-centric. Here is a tool outlining three people-centric actions to help you to be more successful. Recognize people as individuals Invite people to participate Create positive experiences Download the free tool below.…
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I Would Bet Big Money that You Need to Unplug, Relax, and Take Care of Yourself

I just returned from a quick overnight camping trip with my son, Clay. He graduated college in May and has been busy working the last several weeks, so it was nice for the two of us to sneak in a two-day adventure. We left Nashville at 10:00 a.m. and drove about 100 miles to the…
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JetBlue Airways Chairman Told Me Two Ways to Help Your Career to Takeoff

I recently interviewed Joel Peterson for my Leadership Lab podcast. Joel has a long history of successful growth capital investments in a variety of industries. He currently teaches at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, serves as Chairman of the Board of Overseers at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, and is engaged on numerous Boards.…
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What Atlanta Braves Player Dansby Swanson Told Me about Leadership

Major League Based (MLB) recently announced plans for the 2020 season. Needless to say, this year will be far from normal with the 162-game season reduced to 60 games, changes to roster requirements, adjustments to how extra innings will unfold, and the need to keep players and fans separated. Despite all the differences, much will…
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What Patrick Lencioni Taught Me about Leading Others for the Right Reasons

I recently had the chance to sit down and speak with bestselling author, Patrick Lencioni for my leadership podcast (listen here). Pat is a gifted consultant, speaker, and writer. His long list of bestselling books includes The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, The Ideal Team Player, The Five Temptations of a CEO, and, most recently,…
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3 Lessons that Skullcandy’s CEO Taught Me about Starting Your Career Strong

As the leader of a global brand, “at the intersection of sport, music, youth culture, art, film and fashion,” Skullcandy competes against big players like Apple, Bose, Sony, and many more. The audio marketplace is tough and it is heavily dependent on trends and emerging technologies. These can change overnight. This level of competition teaches…
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Leaders Need to Recognize the Affect of Headwinds and Tailwinds

I recently supported a couple of friends who were on a multi-state biking tour. As they worked their way from the Florida Keys up the eastern seaboard of the United States, my role was to drive a support vehicle with the supplies needed to keep them fed, safe, and ready to ride. My friends rode…
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How Being a Good Person is Holding You Back

Years ago my wife and I built a new house. We were excited to move in to our new home and start the next chapter of our lives. Everything was new. The paint was fresh and the stickers were still on the windows. The wood floors, oh those wood floors, were amazing. Whenever someone walked…
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The Genie is Not Going Back into the Cubicle, 3 Areas for Leaders to Explore

You’ve likely heard the expression, Put the genie back into the bottle. Here’s a twist on the idea given our current reality. In the coming weeks and months, it is highly likely that we will be emerging from the #COVID19 restrictions that are currently governing our daily movements. None of us knows for sure how…
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The Power of a Canine Coworker in Your Home Office

Meet Magnus. He’s one of my coworkers. We adopted him from a shelter a few years ago and our home office environment is better for it! You can throw out what Forbes Magazine said in recent years when they proclaimed that 1 in 5 employed Americans work from home. You can likely disregard expert predictions…
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4 Trust Building Choices that Smart Leaders Make in the Face of Uncertainty

Leaders everywhere are weaving their way through the dynamically changing COVID-19 situation. Perhaps you’ve experienced one of these scenarios: You email your team members the latest policy on how your organization is dealing with the coronavirus. As soon as you hit send, a message arrives from your boss adding a new requirement to the evolving…
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How a Great Leader Guides Others Through Uncertain Times

The uncertainty of the coronavirus caused me to think about how great leaders guide people through uncertain times. Allow me to share a story… Many years ago, my wife, daughter, and I were busy decorating our house for Christmas. The tree was up, presents were gathering beneath it, and holiday music was filling the air.…
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Great Leaders Make 5 Communication Choices

“Leadership is first, and foremost, a communication activity.” – Hackman & Johnson We’ve all benefited from the communication efforts of great leaders. We’ve also suffered through the pains of poor communicators in leadership roles. I’ve found that great leaders regularly make five communication choices. I invite you to review each, assess how well you are…
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Great Leaders Keep People, Not Things, at the Center

What started as a small project that my wife, Jamie, and I worked on in our spare time quickly turned into a viable business. We both quit our jobs and went all in on the new venture. Eleven years later, we had offices in three states, amazing team members, and an enviable list of loyal…
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CEOs, Bestselling Authors, and Professional Athletes Told Me that One Word is Key

I recently reviewed the transcripts from the first 25 Leadership Lab podcast episodes. One word jumped out at me. Many of the CEOs, NYT bestselling authors, & former professional athletes told me that one word has been key to their success. What’s the word? Kindness That’s right, kindness. Here are 3 things to know about…
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Leadership Food for Thought, Supporting Your People

I worked at a fast food restaurant in high school. My co-workers and I started most shifts with a quick meeting to get our manager’s instructions for the day. I vividly remember one such pre-shift huddle, not because of what he said to us at the beginning of the shift, but because of what transpired…
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Set Aside 30 Minutes Daily to Get S&^t Done

Between our smartphones, laptops, and tablets, we have more than enough distractions at our fingertips at any given moment. When you enter the workplace and add the interruptions of your co-workers, vendors, and managers, your ability to complete tasks is seriously diminished. A study at the University of California Irvine found that each time a…
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5 Lessons from a Leader Who Stands on Top of Africa

I recently found myself in Tanzania setting out to hike to the highest point on the continent of Africa. Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t suddenly fall from the sky or wake from a dream and ‘find’ myself on the mountain. The prerequisite planning took place and I put in extra miles to get ready,…
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How to Avoid 4 Leadership Blindspots and Save Yourself from Yourself

We all have blind spots. These are things that others know about you, but about which you are completely clueless. They can be small things… A stain on your shirt that everyone sees – except you. A conversation that you arrive late to and say something out of place. Everyone knows the arc of the…
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Two Great Reasons that You Should Start a Side Hustle

Four years ago, I took my son and several of his friends on a 10-day hike along the Appalachian Trail (AT). After the trip, I made a small gift for each of the boys to help them remember the adventure. The gift was a sign reminiscent of the markers we saw along the trail. On…
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Take Your Organization on a Purpose Drive, Indiana Jones Type Adventure

In 1981, Indiana Jones ran, swung, and fought his way into movie theaters everywhere. Since then, the archeologist has taken audiences on numerous adventures in search of hidden treasure. You are likely familiar with the basic Jones’ storyline. After painstaking effort, dangerous encounters (“Snakes…why’d it have to be snakes”), and finding himself at the precipice…
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How to Transition From Team Member to Leader: 3 People-Centric Actions

Several years ago, I joined KPMG Consulting as a senior consultant. On day one, the firm assigned me to a financial analysis project. My teammates and I were asked to help a large institution streamline and improve its financial processes. Our job was to identify, document, and analyze the steps of a complex system. In…
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Smart Leaders Master Two Amazingly Important Skills

Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with clients across a variety of industries and locations around the world. Whether I am working with a professional services firm in Malaysia, a manufacturing facility in the United Kingdom, or a healthcare business in the United States, I’ve noticed that the top performers master two…
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5 Etiquette Behaviors that Help Young Professionals to Standout from Peers

Joining a new workplace at any age can be daunting! Here are 5 quick and easy workplace etiquette tips. Although simple, and seemingly straightforward, these 5 things are often forgotten or overlooked in the rush of beginning a new role. By practicing and applying these skills, you will help yourself quickly become a standout among…
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How Embracing Vulnerability Will Change Your Life for the Better

Yep, that’s me in the pictures. I just put three silly selfies of myself on the internet. Allow me to explain… A few years ago, Brené Brown visited Vanderbilt University and talked to us about her research. A University of Houston professor, Brené is known in academic circles for her grounded theory research in the…
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How Finding the Right Guide Can Take Your Career to New Heights

This past weekend, my son and I hiked Mt. Sherman in Colorado.  The summit sits at 14,036 feet and offers breathtaking views in every direction. Having hiked several 14ers in the past, we knew that it would be a tough day, but this trip came with a twist – early winter weather. The trail that leads…
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5 Disney Brand Building Lessons to Bring Some Magic to Your Business

Over the last 15 years, CEO Bob Iger has been at the helm of the Walt Disney Company. Under his stewardship, Iger and team have acquired Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 21st Century Fox. Many of Disney’s moves have reaped huge rewards (Avengers: Endgame $2.8 billion in worldwide box office), some are struggling (Star Wars: Galaxy’s…
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16 Health and Wellness Tips to Avoid the Regret of Business Travel Fatigue

Traveling for leisure or for work can complicate our healthy habits and wellness routines for a myriad of reasons – our sleep schedule is different, planes are germy, we don’t have our normal “stuff” quite as accessible, and it feels like our daily routine has gone out the window. However, if you are traveling for…
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How to be a Tough – Yet Amazing – Act to Follow

About a year ago, I had the opportunity to speak to 120 leaders at the U.S. division of a European-based company. The leaders were embarking on the next phase of a learning journey that they had begun the past summer. My job was to kickoff the new phase and to get them excited about the…
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4 Ways to Build Trust on Your Virtual Team

In today’s world, nearly everyone is working from a virtual location. Don’t forget that building an effective team takes time and energy. Here are 4 things you can do to get it right. 1. The Virtual Work Environment is NOT an Excuse In 1971, Albert Mehrabian published Silent Messages. The book implies that the message…
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Smart Leaders Seek and Listen to These 3 Voices

The higher up you get in an organization, the harder it is to get authentic feedback. My experience suggests that this is a very true statement and that the problem isn’t isolated to senior executives. In fact, it appears when you take your very first leadership role. To mitigate this challenge, I suggest that you…
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10 Ways to Make Work a Winnable Game for You and Your Team

Within each of us there seems to be a ‘game on’ switch that is hardwired in our DNA.  For some of us the switch is more easily flipped than for others. When activated in the workplace, this switch can dramatically increase employee engagement. To throw the switch and drive engagement, leaders must make work a winnable game.…
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3 Things to Know About Millennials

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to support a learning and development initiative for Federal senior executives.  I serve as an instructional designer for this program, largely coordinating subject matter experts to speak on everything from civilian-military relations to negotiations and the role of the media in federal initiatives. I learn immensely from…
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Here’s How Your Next Big Initiative Can Hurt You as a Leader

Despite your and your team’s best efforts, things don’t always go as planned. The company may decide to penetrate a new market, but the economy elects not to cooperate.  No matter what you and your people do, the numbers aren’t met.  The efforts were gallant; unfortunately, the economy conspired against you.  The initiative is dead.…
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4 Ideas to Create a More Productive Workspace

Like it or not, there will be many days where you spend more time in the office than you do at home. And if your work space is in your home, it is imperative that you carve out a space that is just for work. Read below for 4 quick tips to create a more…
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5 Addictions that Great Leaders Avoid to the Benefit of Their People

Have you ever put in a busy day at work, come home exhausted, and thought to yourself: I did a lot of stuff today, but did I accomplish anything that really mattered? Express this thought to a young child and she will respond with a confused look on her face, “I didn’t get any work…
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How Do You Define Loyalty in the Gig Economy?

Compared to regular season play, the NFL pre-season is typically filled with far less drama and intrigue. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rules and on August 24, 2019, the Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback, Andrew Luck, was the catalyst for an exception. Luck decided to bring his football career to an end. His decision,…
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A Very Brady Leadership Lesson

This week, HGTV premiered A Very Brady Renovation. The show is built around the home that served as the facade for the Brady Bunch television series. Producers bought the home and are now working with the 6 Brady kids (50 years later) to renovate the home to reflect on the inside the set that was…
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Baby Boomers Should Retire Already…

In 2017, Pew Research explained that, “still sizable, the Baby Boom generation’s sway in the workforce is waning. In the early and mid-1980s, Boomers made up a majority of the nation’s labor force. The youngest Boomer was 53 years old in 2017, while the oldest Boomers were older than 70. With more Boomers retiring every year…
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How to be a Leader People Choose to Lead

Regardless of the type of work you do and who is (or isn’t) on your team, the job of being a leader starts with you. This is why you should invest time to evaluate how well you are doing at the job of leading yourself and leading others. And, of equal importance, evaluating why you…
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Take Time to Explore Your Organization’s Culture

I invite you to suspend reality for a moment and go on an odd, but arguably informative, journey with me. Imagine that Charles Darwin, the 19th century English naturalist and geologist, sets sail from England aboard the HMS Beagle. His destination – the Galapagos Islands. A space-time continuum fluke transports Darwin to your 21st century workplace. He is…
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6 Employee Engagement Benefits from Turning Team Members into Owners

Who washes a rental car?” Answer: No one. Why? “Renters don’t own rental cars.” Allow me to expand a bit on the concept of ownership. In doing so, I’m going to argue the following: Don’t give your employees another program in hopes of increasing engagement, give them something to own! Our typical concept of ownership,…
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Set Up an Uninterruptible Period of Time Each Day

Between our smartphones, laptops, and tablets, we have more than enough distractions at our fingertips at any given moment. When you enter the workplace and add the interruptions of your co-workers, vendors, and managers, your ability to complete tasks is seriously diminished. A study at the University of California Irvine found that each time a worker was…
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4 Keys to Winning When You’re an Underdog with the Odds are Against You

We have all had underdog moments. These are times when the odds are stacked against us, we find ourselves ill prepared, or see a long uphill battle in front of us. Perhaps you are experiencing an underdog moment right now. Maybe you are: Trying to land a job against very tough odds Opening a business…
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5 Tips for Writing Effective Emails

In the era of remote workers and overly full calendars, many of our workplace interactions are reduced to email threads. Regardless of the recipient, keep these 5 tips in mind next time you compose an email: 1. Only send emails when necessary According to a 2017 study by the Radicati Group, the average office worker…
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7 Gifts that Great Leaders Give to Their People

Throughout the year and around the world, various occasions are marked with the giving of gifts. For many, exchanging presents is not merely tradition; it is an outward sign of one’s appreciation for another. Much time, energy, and effort is put into finding the perfect gift. The gift-giving practice often extends to the workplace where…
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How Lawnmower Leaders Mow Down Initiative, Motivation, and Engagement

It is quite possible that you and other leaders in your organization have inadvertently fallen into the trap of being a lawnmower leader. Not sure what I mean? Allow Me to Give a Bit of Background Some time ago, an article, written by an anonymous middle school teacher and posted online, went viral.  In the piece, the…
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The Very Best Leaders Are Here; You Should Be Here Too

Many years ago, I was a new infantry lieutenant in the United States Army. I vividly remember a time in my training when I, and a class of fellow soldiers, learned a very important lesson. That day, I learned where the very best leaders are… We were discussing how infantry platoons move through the woods.…
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How this Element of Leadership Can Overcome Your Lack of Resources

It’s the essence of leadership to be passionate. There is a science of leadership, but it’s secondary to the hunger and thirst to make a difference, to make a contribution that matters. If you are not passionately engaged in your work, you might ask yourself why. If others are not passionately engaged, it’s essential to…
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How a Civil Rights Run Teaches Us that One Thing Can Drive Motivation

A few months ago, my daughter asked me if I would run a half marathon with her. I agreed, knowing that I would relish the opportunity to train and run the 13.1-mile race together. The weekend that we chose for the race proved to have events in several cities within driving distance of our homes…
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How USWNT Coach Jill Ellis’​ Response to Criticism Can Inform You as a Leader

U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) coach Jill Ellis has had more than her share of criticism and second-guessing over the years. Here are a few recent examples: SBNation declared that although the USWNT is extremely talented, the team “is barreling towards the World Cup with no idea what it should look like. It’s concerning.” The…
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6 Leadership Lessons You Can Learn Over Lunch

Might I suggest you take a lunch away from the office this week. Put away the cell phone and any other distractions and just spend some time observing. Why? Well, you never know what leadership lessons you can learn from a change of venue. One afternoon, I stepped away from the office and walked to a local…
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What You Can Learn from 4 Swift Brand Building Ideas

LinkedIn’s Daily Rundown features Taylor Swift’s “battle over her master recordings as digital distribution makes it more desirable for artists to control their own material.” According to the New York Times, “It all started on Sunday morning, when Mr. Braun’s company, Ithaca Holdings, announced that it had acquired the Big Machine Label Group, which Ms. Swift left in…
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Closing Doors vs. Burning Bridges

Years ago, I was working on my doctorate. At the time, my wife and I ran a management consulting firm. Our company was growing with offices in several states and an increasing number of employees and clients. We also had two young children. By any measure, we had more than enough on our plates. Nonetheless,…
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What Seth Godin Told Me about Building a Strong Personal Brand

I recently interviewed Seth Godin for the next episode of the Leadership Lab podcast. Of course, I want you to listen to the podcast when it launches June 26th, but I simply couldn’t wait to share with you a piece of advice that Seth divulged in our conversation. Seth and I discussed (among other things)…
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5 Lego Leadership Lessons that Can Be the Building Blocks to Your Success

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Lego, was hitting brick walls in its efforts to move to sustainable alternatives to its raw materials. “Realizing the scale of the challenge, it (Lego) later invested $150 million to hire scientists and fund research and development,” to reach its goal by 2030. Guy Brooks, Lego‘s head of environmental…
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Global Wages are Rising. Are You Prepared to Ask for a Pay Raise?

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports that, “U.S. wage growth is set to pick up over the next year, as economists expect a tight labor market will continue to push up workers’ pay.” According to the article 70% of economists are predicting unprecedented growth over the next year. These predictions aren’t limited to the United…
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Keep a Sharp Eye Out for 8 Abundant Leadership Behaviors

I’ve spent considerable time thinking about and studying the concepts of scarcity and abundance. I want to understand, not only, how abundant leaders think, but also how they behave. My efforts thus far have yielded eight behaviors of truly abundant leaders. “Most people are deeply scripted in what I call the Scarcity Mentality. They see…
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How to Be a Leader People Need: A Lesson in Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, and Skiing

There is a ‘common’ experience that most of us have encountered. Perhaps you have: Had this done to you. Done this to others. Watched others do it to others. Experienced a combination of the above. What is this ‘common’ experience? It’s not one experience per se; it’s actually a range of experiences – all of which stem from…
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Hey Leaders, Don’t Ignore the Baby Elephants Growing in Your Midst

You are no doubt familiar with the expression, “Don’t ignore the elephant in the room.” The saying refers to an issue that no one in the organization talks about, but everyone knows exists. Some elephants are thrust upon an organization by external forces (e.g., economy, regulatory issues, etc.); however, many are the direct result of…
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My Grandma Died 80 Years Ago, Yet She Just Taught Me a Lesson You Should Know

I never met my grandparents. That’s not fully true. One of them, my mother’s mom, lived until I was two-years-old. So, we did meet. I just have no memory of the interaction. Throughout my life, I’ve had friends, classmates, and coworkers with very different grandparent experiences. Many grew up knowing and spending time with their…
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How to Retain Top Talent When Job Quitting is at an Historical High

A recent LinkedIn Daily Rundown reveals that, “the ratio of job openings per unemployed American grew in March, the most recent figures show, and brought to 13 the consecutive months in which available jobs have outstripped the number of people out of work and searching for it.” Moreover, the Labor Department explains that people are quitting their jobs…
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The 145th Kentucky Derby is Saturday. 6 Derby Ideas to Improve Your Business.

May 4th is the first Saturday in May. That means it’s time for the Kentucky Derby (aka The Run for Roses or The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports). The Derby rarely disappoints. That was certainly true last year when Justify began a three-win stretch to win the Triple Crown. He is only the 13th horse…
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The NFL 2019 Draft and the Challenge to Develop STARS in Your Organization

Former Oklahoma quarterback, Kyler Murray made a statement in the 2019 National Football League (NFL) Draft when the Arizona Cardinals selected him as the first overall draft choice. His pink three-piece pinstripe suit added an exclamation point to that statement. Nashville hosted the 2019 event and Music City didn’t disappoint. “2019 NFL Draft reaches new…
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The One Word that Negates What Harvard Professor Says is Leadership’s Central Issue

John Kotter is a legend in the world of leadership and change. A Harvard Business School (HBS) Professor Emeritus, author of numerous business articles, and consultant to Global 5000 organizations, Kotter is, “internationally known and widely regarded as the foremost speaker on the topics of leadership and change.” (Harvard Business School) I’ve never met Kotter;…
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Tiger Wins the 2019 Masters, Don’t Miss This Key Leadership Lesson

Tiger Woods just did what many had thought he would never accomplish. He won the Master’s Tournament, again. I just read an article about the clubs he carried in his golf bag this weekend. Yep, everything about Tiger is a story of interest. I learned that Woods used to use only a Scott Cameron putter…
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Great Leaders Create a Culture of Quitters

You are likely familiar with the concept that employees don’t quit companies, they quit bad leaders. It is with this in mind that many organizations invest time, energy, and resources developing leaders who foster employee engagement. Yes, employees might quit an organization because of a bad leader; however, these same employees may quit their own bad behaviors…
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Leader Brain Bites: Breaking Bad…

Leader Brain Bites:  Breaking Bad… …habits– or starting and keeping the good ones. We all know change isn’t easy. So what’s going on in our brain that makes it so hard? As a leader in a world where constant change is the new norm, it’s probably worth knowing. The most accurate answer, the proverbial “it’s complicated”,…
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6 Things You Need to Know Today to Help First-Level Leaders to Win

First-level leaders who play the player-coach role in your organization make a significant impact on every metric in your business: employee productivity and engagement, customer satisfaction and loyalty, innovation, and financial performance. ————- This week Major League Baseball (@MLB) celebrated the start of its 2019 season. It was the earliest opening day in the history…
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A Very Wicked Leadership Lesson

Several years ago, my family and I were in Chicago. A tourist’s day of shopping and sightseeing was capped off with a night of theater. We chose –Wicked – the touring Broadway musical. If you are familiar with the show, I’ve probably just made a song pop into your head. If you have no idea about Wicked, it’s…
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You May Not Get a $330 Million Harper Contract but You Can Strike this Deal

At this very moment, the United States population is estimated to be nearly 330 million people. Imagine that over the course of the next 13 years, each and every U.S. citizen gave you one dollar as payment for doing something that you truly love to do. That’s essentially what just happened for Major League Baseball…
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How to Create a Successful Career in the Face of Relentless Job Automation

Technology futurist CK Kerley visited Vanderbilt University this week and delivered a presentation called, The Tech Megatrends: The Tech Trends Reshaping Our Lives, Our Work – And Our World. CK, who specializes in understanding the rise of emerging markets and tech, shared five tech trends and how they are changing everything. I invite you to…
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How Top Performers Respond in the Face of Growing Uncertainty

LinkedIn’s Daily Rundown this weekend discussed how, “uncertainty over the pace of U.S. economic growth has been renewed by sharply, slowing retail sales in December.” The article continues to point out that a recent increase of unemployment claims has impacted sales at restaurant, stores, and online. Add to the pot the volatility of trade tariffs, the fight…
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Research Reveals 3 Keys to Motivating People at Work. How are You Doing?

Since the establishment of the first organization, leaders have always looked to motivate workers. Brute force, fear, intimidation, and other barbaric ‘motivational’ approaches dominated leadership tactics for much of history. Under those conditions, leaders treated people like cogs in a machine, at best, and in the very worst of situations revealed the most vile aspects…
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Why I’m My Own Brand and Why You Should Be One Too

“In 350 words or less, please tell us why you would be a great fit for our company.” This prompt looms over nearly every internship application I’ve submitted. Though painfully daunting, this request provides a unique opportunity not just to explain my skills and qualifications, but also to reflect my unique value—my very own “Skyler…
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How Brady and Beyoncé Will Inspire You to Take the 20-Minute Challenge

Super Bowl Weekend has come and gone. All that is left now are the debates about the quality of the game, discussions about the commercials, and fist pumps for the winners. I invite you to set aside this past Super Bowl and join me in a reflection on something that happened three years ago. Prior…
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8 Culture Building Questions that Every Leader and Team Member Should Answer

Think of a top-notch organization you know—one you wholeheartedly tell others to work for, or whose story you share with friends at dinner. Why do you recommend it? What makes it so unique? Or put more forcefully, why is that organization so remarkable, and rare, that you tell stories about it? What causes you to…
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Jen Auerbach Shares the Secret Ingredient to Clary’s Customer Loyalty Success

Guest Writer: Jen Auerbach A brief intro from Patrick Leddin… Several years ago, I met Jen Auerbach and her business partner, Adriel Denae. Owners of Clary Collection, they have achieved amazing success in the hyper-competitive skincare industry. In just a few short years, they went from kitchen-based start-up to a growing product line available worldwide…
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Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos is a Strategic Wolf – Here’s How You Can Be One Too

Bezos’ divorce is dominating the news. It’s a tragic situation. However, the calls for concern about Amazon’s future will fade away as the company’s leaders provide once again that they are true strategic wolves in a world of sheep. You should be a wolf too! Here’s the rest of the story… In recent days, the…
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8 Questions Leaders Must Ask Themselves and How to Handle the Answers

In the past, it was probably enough to be a good manager, figuring out how to do more with less, “adding value,” making sure your customers and employees were satisfied – but, no more. It’s time to move beyond the mindset that every team member’s role, and yours, should be prescribed and you all simply…
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Queen shares why your early career needs a “free fall”

Guest Writer: Queen Stevenson This coming May, it will be two years since I graduated college. Wrapping my head around that is difficult, as I can just about remember what it was like to hammer through a last minute paper, or scramble to get to my dining center before it closed and I went hungry…
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Imagine Using this Surprisingly Powerful Word More Often

Imagine that your organization has been struggling with an issue for a long, long time. Occasionally, the problem goes away; but, it inevitably reappears. People are frustrated with this reoccurring and costly issue. You return to work after celebrating the new year AND the issue is still there, waiting for you! Can’t think of a…
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5 Strategies to Make Your New Year’s Resolution(s) Stick

Guest Author: Henry Lescault As a FranklinCovey Consultant and Facilitator, I have the honor and privilege of working at the best Leadership and Behavioral Change company in the world. Our mission is simply this: We Enable Greatness in People and Organizations Everywhere. When working with the thousands of clients I encounter as a FranklinCovey behavioral…
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