How Great Leaders Use Tools

I enjoy going to the hardware store. Roaming the aisles and looking at the tools often inspires me to tackle a project around the house. I find the rental section particularly intriguing as it offers massive power tools, wood chippers, and even jackhammers for short-term use. Occasionally, I catch myself glancing at the rental rates…

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3 Steps to Aligning and Maximizing Your Roles

We all play a range of roles. You may be a project manager, volunteer, boss, friend, CEO, and the list goes on and on. Not only do you fill many roles, but there’s an excellent chance that you feel like some of your roles compete against one another. As a result, you are pulled from…

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Are You Building Something Worth Building?

We had a beagle named Dolly. She was the sweetest dog. Dolly never met a stranger as she quickly made friends with everyone. When she was excited, she would produce an endearing little squeak that became her trademark. Dolly was near perfect, except for one bad habit. Hardwired in her DNA was the desire to…

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Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Nearly every morning both my wife, Jamie, and I make small concoctions for ourselves. They are comprised of two things: water and a scoop of fruit and vegetable powder. In all honesty, it’s not something I came up with on my own. I prefer a huge latte as I roll out of bed; but Jamie convinced…

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How Reddit Changed the Game and What You Can Learn from It

Reddit gained attention for the role the platform played in GameStop’s stock price. As PCGamer put it, Reddit “messes with investors by driving GameStop stock price to record heights.” The self-proclaimed “front page of the internet” is big – very big. With over 174 million unique visitors each month, hailing from over 186 different countries,…

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No Goal, No Gusto

Before I went to bed the other night, I looked at the weather and learned that there was a 100% chance of rain the following morning. I woke in the morning to heavy rain, confirming the meteorologist’s prediction. Jamie and I had a hike planned for the day, and based on the weather, I was…

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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 are put into finding the perfect gift. The gift-giving practice often extends to the workplace where…

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Amazon Tops Advertising List as the Strategic Wolf is on the Prowl

Ad Age’s Datacenter reports that Amazon spent $11 billion on advertising in 2019 That makes it the world’s largest advertiser topping Billion-Dollar Brand Builder Proctor & Gamble that is a perennial placeholder at the top of the chart. Amazon has been a regular topic of discussion in my marketing and strategy classes at Vanderbilt University. It wasn’t…

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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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