The 5 C’s of Consitency

As humans, there’s one thing that we all struggle with: consistency. You might do the right thing one day and go in a completely different direction the next day. Sometimes, especially as leaders, we get frustrated and ask ourselves: Why wasn’t I more consistent in having one-on-one conversations with my people this week? Why didn’t…

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Fan the Flames of Success

This past weekend, I went to a family wedding. During the reception dinner, my siblings and I posed for a picture. As I smiled for the photo, I saw our dad across the table, watching us take the picture. He was smiling too. I imagine that his smile stemmed from observing four of his children…

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Empty Your Mind

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have a lot on my mind. If I’m not careful, then pending deadlines, pressing issues, personal commitments, and my grocery list will take up simultaneous residence in my grey matter. When this happens, their good friends, anxiety and distraction, aren’t far behind.   I recently had the…

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Recognize and Reward Go-to People

This past Sunday, I went to the Nashville Predators hockey game against the St. Louis Blues. As a Preds fan, it was a tough game to watch. The Blues broke the game wide open when they scored seven times in the second period. That’s a lot of goals. In fact, it was the highest number…

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SEIZE the Lessons

Are you too busy doing things that you never stop to take note of the lessons you’re learning along the way? I know that I can fall into this trap. I bet you can too. Impactful leaders commit to continuous growth. This commitment includes learning from daily work experiences when things go well and when they…

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Right Standards for the Right Reasons

I was out for a walk the other day and I came across a scooter on the sidewalk. It was a rental scooter that a user can access via a smartphone app, ride around town, and then leave behind for someone else to rent. The last renter had finished using the scooter and decided to…

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Master Mantras to Overcome Obstacles

Whether we like it or not, we all have tapes playing in our minds. The question is: who recorded it and is the information accurate? Maybe your tape features your voice reminding you of all the fantastic things you have done and encouraging you to tackle more. Or, your own words could be holding you…

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Win in the Turns

In auto racing, there’s an expression that drivers win races in the turns. Unlike straightaways, where most drivers can keep their vehicles reasonably competitive with one another, curves upset the status quo. When a driver hits a turn, that’s when the unexpected can occur, when people make mistakes, and when a racer can gain an…

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Be Present. Be Mindful. Be Selective.

This morning, I jumped in my car on my way to work, opened up a coffeeshop app on my phone to preorder a drink, and learned that I had “earned” a free cup of coffee. My attitude was great at that moment. Fast forward an hour later, and I’m getting ready for a presentation. Every…

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