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Reward success and failure. Punish only inaction.

Reward failure?  That may be a difficult concept for an executive. And there are limits of course. We wouldn’t reward a failure to follow laws, or protect lives, or deliberate endangerment of the company or its people. There are “good” … Continue reading

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Have you accidentally created a “power vacuum?”

Here’s a question to help you decide if you’re guilty. How many times have you heard someone say, “Let’s do it now and ask permission later?” Have you done it in front of your cohort?  That’s a common practice in … Continue reading

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Can you negotiate without emotion?

Here’s the problem. Negotiating an agreement, especially one that involves personal gain, is tough for the person personally involved.  There is too much to lose to be objective, to be willing to walk when terms go upside down. What if … Continue reading

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The shocking truth about employee loyalty

How we often handle employment issues today. When we accept the work commitment from a person we hire, we make a pact with the new employee that often stops at agreeing to pay for service rendered and to provide a … Continue reading

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Do you tell someone “WHY” along with “WHAT?”

How to get more performance from your directives Empowering your direct reports with the reasons for your orders gives them incentive to act, motivation to accept authority, and purpose behind action.  I try to teach this with the simple phrase … Continue reading

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Are you being watched at work?

Your past and present experiences Ever had a manager above you who said one thing and did another?  At least once?  Or in a pattern of repeats?  Well, you’re not alone.  Did you think less of that person for it?  Would … Continue reading

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Are the “FIVE WHY’S” in your arsenal?

This is a trick headline.  There can be three “whys” or twenty, depending upon the issue and the responses.  To make the point, the word “why” has to be one of the more powerful words in your vocabulary.  Asking the … Continue reading

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Can you be an adaptive business leader?

The title of this insight happens to be the name of a CEO roundtable organization I belong to and have been a member since 1989 (Adaptive Business Leader Organization – or ABL).  The organization, like Vistage, manages roundtables of CEOs … Continue reading

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Here are five TACTICAL skills of a great leader.

It is hard to coach or teach leadership in a few paragraphs. But let’s try by limiting this short insight to a list of the five principal tactical skills of a great leader.  These are not the strategic visionary skills, … Continue reading

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Three qualities of a great leader

There are lots of ways to measure a great leader. Here are three that should resonate with you as leader and with those who follow you. These qualities are applicable whether you are leading your company, a board, or a … Continue reading

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