Inspiration

4 Tools Great Leaders Use to Avoid Pulling the Chicken Switch

The “chicken switch”is the ejection cord inside the cockpit of an F16 fighter jet.  The F16 is a $50 million-dollar piece of machinery that blares through the sky at speeds faster than the speed of sound.  Pilots are often faced in the moment with highly charged, high stakes decisions whose outcomes determine the course of…

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Given a Choice, Would People Choose to Follow You?

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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How to Own a Room; A Firsthand Lesson from Iceland’s Prime Minister

I recently delivered a presentation on leadership at Iceland’s National Government Day. The event took place at Harpa, Reykjavik’s inconic concert hall and convention center, and served as a celebration of Iceland’s 100 years of sovereignty. 500 Icelandic leaders, from all facets of the country’s government, attended the session. It was an honor to be…

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A Southwest Captain Shows How to Effectively Pilot a Career

Last week, I traveled to Orlando, Florida for a client meeting. As I settled into my seat, the Southwest Airlines flight attendant announced that the journey was the final leg in our pilot’s 42-year aviation career. After 22 years with Southwest Airlines and 20 years in the U.S. military, he was hanging up his captain’s…

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The Importance of Teaching an Old Tiger New Tricks

For much of his career, Tiger Woods has used a Scott Cameron putter. A few weeks ago, that changed. Woods’ switched to a TaylorMade Ardmore 3 mallet and his choice caught the attention of golf commentators and rabid fans. To be fair, anything Woods does appears to rise to news in the golf world, so…

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