Leadership

How Lawnmower Leadership Hurts You and Your Organization

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 A few months ago, an article, written by an anonymous middle school teacher and posted online, went viral.  In the…

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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 Warren Buffet’s Words Can Shape Your Team’s Purpose

For all too many organizations and teams many purpose statements are looked at by employees as backroom jokes. Why? Because of the tremendous irony in trying to engage people’s passions and talents in a mission they have no passion for and no involvement in creating. At the same time, there is nothing more powerful than…

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