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 them to their best advantage. The late Donald O. Clifton, […]

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Criticism is Part of Leadership: Are Your Shoulders Broad Enough to Take It?

We look to those who have reached the pinnacle of their professions—be it LeBron James, Reese Witherspoon or Barack Obama—and daydream about how great it would be to reach that level of super-stardom. But, with all the respect and recognition that is attached to these celebri-leaders, also comes the more negative side—the barrage of criticism […]

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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 1,000 buns/minute. By no means was this always the case. […]

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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 accolades are ridiculous…..NFL Hall […]

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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 of many are guided by a shared objective. But, innovation is required to thrive in an […]

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