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The Myth of the Well-Rounded Leader.

One of the most interesting conclusions (in my opinion) of Gallup's research is that there is no one strength that all good leaders possess. What's more, the most effective individuals are not well-rounded at all, but instead are acutely aware of their talents and use...

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How Many “NO’s!” Can You Stomach?

You may not know of Cordia Harrington. But chances are, you know her product. Her business, The Bun Company, makes the bread that can be found in McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Chili’s (among other major enterprises), and is produced at a head-spinning rate of...

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Greatness May Have an Unexpected Price tag

“Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't.”   Perhaps no one has quite lived the preceding quote more than the person who said it – NFL legend Jerry Rice.   For those who know the name, but don’t quite know the legend, Rice’s...

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Adapt and win.

Organizations, like people, can "plateau". They must consistently, intentionally adapt to their environment. If not, complacency ensues. Teams fail to get the results they once did. Businesses live and die by clear strategic vision. Courses are charted. The behaviors...

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Get “Plugged In” to Unleash Your Own Power

What good is an electrical plug that isn’t connected to a power outlet? Though it may have the potential to power a television or recharge your phone, that power lies dormant until your device, equipment or appliance gets plugged in. We, too, as leaders must get...

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Getting to Yes

For many, the path to leadership……indispensability……success….seems littered with obstacles and delays. You yearn to run, but you feel fenced in. You’re revving your engine, but the light hasn't turned green. If you’re looking for your chance, a surefire way to get to...

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Leadership: Is It In You?

An old Gatorade commercial from years past used the slogan “is it in you?” This begged of athletes, do you have it? Are you strong enough? Can you find another gear? Can I count on you to win this game? Finish this race? Score the winning goal? Will you dig deeper? In...

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Confidence = Secret Sauce

"The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money." -- James Madison I spoke on a panel at an economic development conference last week. One of my colleagues referenced the power of confidence in predicting success in small business growth. If...

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Leadership: It’s All Fun and Games, Right?

When you’re an outsider looking in, your perception of leadership may be different than what it actually is. You may see all the “fun” bits – the respect that’s garnered, the decision-making, the control. But what you don’t see – the reality – includes the not-so-fun,...

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