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Two Levels Up

August 8, 2018
Two Levels Up

Autonomy:  I hear a lot of discussion these days about keeping employees engaged in the workplace. Let me explain what employee engagement has to do with “two levels up.” We know, from the research by Daniel Pink and others, that knowledge workers require three things to be fully engaged at work: Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose. […]

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Being Noticed

August 1, 2018
Being Noticed

A Tale of Two Castles: On a recent trip, we were able to visit the castle on the right, Neuschwanstein. We were only able to see the castle on the left, Hohenscwangau, from afar (click on the image to enlarge it). They both overlook the Pöllat Gorge in Germany. The purpose of showing them is […]

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Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

July 25, 2018
Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

It’s In Our DNA! How often have we heard that statement? Personally, I hear it quite frequently. Often, it’s used as a way of excusing a person’s actions: “I can’t help it, it’s in my DNA.” I also hear it used as an indictment of another person who is reluctant try something new. Deoxyribonucleic Acid […]

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Curiosity

July 18, 2018
Curiosity

Just Wondering Not long ago, several colleagues and I were discussing our views on leadership. Soon the conversation turned to leadership attributes. After several rounds of the usual attributes — integrity, transparency, humility, vision, etc. —  curiosity emerged as perhaps the most important attribute of a great leader. Subsequent to that conversation, I came across this quote from […]

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The Window Matters

July 11, 2018
The Window Matters

View: I slept late the other morning. When I rolled out of bed and looked out the window, I noticed it was gray, overcast and looked like it might rain. When I got to the kitchen, the view out that window was partly blue sky, high clouds and filtered sunshine. It didn’t look like possible […]

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What Is a True Patriot?

July 4, 2018 0 Comments
What Is a True Patriot?

Happy Fourth! As those who read my newsletter know, we are on vacation in Europe at the time of the publication of this blog post. And while I usually shy away from any political topics in this business blog, I think it is appropriate to pause and think about patriotism on this day. I believe […]

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What Do Managers Really Do?

June 27, 2018 0 Comments
What Do Managers Really Do?

Managers: The saying I grew up with was, “Leaders make sure we are doing the right thing. Managers make sure we do it right.” In a modern corporation, the desire is to move leadership to every level of the organization (Intent Based Leadership—IBL). Therefore, managers are being asked to broaden their view to include managing […]

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What Do Leaders Really Do?

June 20, 2018 0 Comments
What Do Leaders Really Do?

Change: What do leaders really do? I don’t think the old definitions work any more. As I was learning the leadership ropes, the saying was, “Leaders make sure we’re doing the right thing and managers make sure we’re doing it right.” There is still a bit of truth in that statement. And, both jobs have […]

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Language is Never Quite Right

June 13, 2018 0 Comments
Language is Never Quite Right

Words: What do you hear when I speak? I’m trying to paint a word picture of what I see in my mind so that you see “the same picture” in your mind. I share those words with you. We speak the same language. Let’s agree that the language, whatever it is, is native to both […]

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Simplify

June 6, 2018 0 Comments
Simplify

Why Simplify? A leader must be able to make the complex simple. That is not easy to do — on several fronts! In many (most?) organizations today, our employees know more about the details of their jobs than their leaders do. This is inevitable in our modern world and will only become more true as time […]

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