Whether you aspire to lead people, are early on your role as a team leader, or have been leading teams for years, I strongly recommend you check out this tool. In working on the ground teams around the world, we’ve learned that the best team leaders and team members are clear on five key areas:…

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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to support a learning and development initiative for Federal senior executives.  I serve as an instructional designer for this program, largely coordinating subject matter experts to speak on everything from civilian-military relations to negotiations and the role of the media in federal initiatives. I learn immensely from…

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I invite you to suspend reality for a moment and go on an odd, but arguably informative, journey with me. Imagine that Charles Darwin, the 19th century English naturalist and geologist, sets sail from England aboard the HMS Beagle. His destination – the Galapagos Islands. A space-time continuum fluke transports Darwin to your 21st century workplace. He is…

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All too many of us suffer from a personal energy crisis. We no longer work a standard eight-hour day. Our minds are constantly churning trying to make high value decisions, virtually twenty-four hours day. Our mode of life today—constant stress, poor diet, and lack of exercise and sleep—leads to what scientists call “exhaustion syndrome.” “[Exhaustion…

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When our son was a little boy, he discovered a passion for Legos – not a general liking, but a true passion. His exposure started with a small Lego set. I have no recollection of his first Lego, but it was probably a car, a boat, an airplane, or some other form of transportation. Over…

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Over the past twenty years, I have been surrounded by many top performers: Courageous fellow paratroopers in the U.S. Army Amazing colleagues at both a global consulting firm and my own professional services agency Outstanding leaders throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia Brilliant students at one of the nation’s top universities As I consider…

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Like you, I have been to (and led) my share of team meetings – some effective, others a colossal waste of time. None are immune from the occasional poorly run gathering. Want to improve? Work to get team members to say 4 things. 1. “We go in there, do what we need to do, &…

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