Win in the turns

In auto racing, there’s an expression that drivers win races in the turns. When drivers hit turns, the unexpected can occur, people make mistakes, and a racer can gain an advantage or fall behind. Like race car drivers, you and your team can win in the turns. While many leaders seek stability and try to…

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Choose. Don’t Just React.

In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey wrote that there is a space between stimulus and response, and it’s in that space that we find our freedom. We don’t merely have to react to a stimulus. We can choose what we do. Consider situations where you have reacted in ways that you later…

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Messages That Work

I made a video for you this week that explains the Mad Libs challenge we face at work. Please share it with others to encourage them to be more transparent, timely, and effective in the messages they deliver. The tool below will remind you to create such messages as you work with your team members,…

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Worksheet: Conduct a TIP Interview

Here’s your chance as a leader to consider how connected you are to those you lead. Ask yourself: – Do you know their stories? – Do you understand their passions? – How familiar are you with what interests them? – Can you explain what they want to do in their life? – What impact do…

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Tool: Position Yourself for Success

Every year the calendar provides a natural opportunity for us to revisit our efforts as we turn the page from one year to the next. Here is your unique chance to consider the positions that you fill, revisit priorities that you’ve set for yourself, assess how well you are performing, and identify a plan to…

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Worksheet: Turn OR Choices Into AND Opportunities

We often assume that choices are limited to doing one thing or the other. Use this tool to brainstorm how a historic OR choice could become an AND opportunity. Patrick LeddinPatrick Leddin, PhD is a speaker, global leadership consultant, and The Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Five-Week Leadership Challenge. Patrick is an Associate…

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Worksheet: 7 Sources of a Problem

When you are faced with a problem, step back and clearly state the problem. Then, brainstorm various sources of the problem. To help you do that, consider these seven common sources to problems: Is something in the external environment (e.g., customer, competitors, regulatory, etc.) causing the problem? Are your goals, initiatives, or plans leading to…

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How Great Leaders Deliver Bad News

If you’re a regular reader of mine, you know I love a good acronym. With that in mind, the four actions, Clear, Authentic, Respectful, and Empathetic, spell out C-A-R-E. When you deliver bad news, show people that you’re a leader who cares for them. To help you do that, we include a tool and video.…

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Dam Good Leadership Tool

This week’s video and tool are designed to help you think through the questions posed in this article. As we sprint to the end of 2021, take the time to invest in yourself. Consider your strengths and how your team and organization value those. Then, work to position yourself to make the most significant possible…

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