I worked at a fast food restaurant in high school. My co-workers and I started most shifts with a quick meeting to get our manager’s instructions for the day. I vividly remember one such pre-shift huddle, not because of what he said to us at the beginning of the shift, but because of what transpired…

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Being a lawnmower leader can hold your people back. Don’t get us wrong. A leaders job is to remove obstacles, but not every obstacle. Leaders should help their people, but not do the work for them. The difference can be subtle at times, but the impact is huge.  You can read our article on not…

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Contemplate the energy, vitality, and optimism of people who are deeply engaged, particularly in this era when our technology leaves us breathless. We are at the edge of the greatest of times. California Gubernatorial Candidate Gavin Newsom has this insight: “The reality is, people will build cool things for the sake of building cool things. They…

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In Mumbai, India, a city of 17 million people, fast food has a unique meaning. Every day, about 5,000 dabbawalas, or “lunchbox people,” deliver nearly a quarter of a million home-cooked lunches around this vast, tumultuous city—at high speed and without error! Because people who work in the city enjoy a home-cooked lunch, thousands of…

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With all of the discussion about employee engagement, have you considered this? Engage the passion your people innately possess. You don’t have to invite them to have dreams – they already have them. Patrick LeddinPatrick Leddin, PhD is a sought after writer, speaker, and global leadership consultant. Patrick is an Associate Professor at Vanderbilt University…

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It seems obvious. A new leader is given a team of smart people who have been hired because of their abilities and potential. Of course, the new leader will engage them in helping make decisions. Obvious or not, new leaders – or leaders at any level – struggle with embracing and engaging others. Whether it…

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