A decade ago, Simon Sinek asked Marine Corps Lieutenant General George Flynn, “What made the Marines so great?” The general responded, “Officers eat last.” Sinek slightly modified the sentiment and used it as the title of his 2014 bestseller, Leaders Eat Last. The book focuses on the sacrifices that true leaders make for their people and a…

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About 20 years ago, my wife, Jamie, and I started Wedgewood Consulting Group. We built the business from scratch, led it for over a decade, and then sold it. We learned mountains of lessons, many of which I’ve discussed on LinkedIn over the years, including some of the stories which form the basis of the 5…

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Ryan Berman knows a great deal about the importance of courage. He has spent his career creating and sharing courageous ideas. He also invested four years of his life interviewing leaders and studying organizations to understand why courage matters. In 2019, Ryan released Return on Courage: A Business Playbook for Courage Change. Let’s face it,…

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Many years ago, I was a new infantry lieutenant in the United States Army. I vividly remember a time in my training when I, and a class of fellow soldiers, learned a very important lesson. That day, I learned where the very best leaders are… We were discussing how infantry platoons move through the woods.…

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First-level leaders who play the player-coach role in your organization make a significant impact on every metric in your business: employee productivity and engagement, customer satisfaction and loyalty, innovation, and financial performance. ————- This week Major League Baseball (@MLB) celebrated the start of its 2019 season. It was the earliest opening day in the history…

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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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Woody Allen is famously credited with the expression: 80% of success is showing up. There is some good news and bad news about showing up. Bad news first… It’s hard to fix tardiness, a poor wardrobe choice, or a lack of preparation at a moment’s notice: Oversleep or miss your bus – you can’t turn back…

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It was an honor to speak with 31 top executives in the United States government yesterday. My presentation focused on executing big goals across complex organizations in the midst of tremendous pressure. It was equally thrilling to provide them the very first copies of my latest book A Winning Culture in Government: The Ultimate Mission…

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