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Leadership and Engagement

August 9, 2017 0 Comments
Leadership and Engagement

According to Gallup The numbers rarely change. In the U.S., the annual Gallup survey shows that about 70% of our employees are NOT engaged. Meaning, they are putting in no extra effort to move the company forward. Employee engagement is the engine of productivity. Job #1 The CEO, Founder, Owner of a company has one […]

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Your Sentence

May 10, 2017 0 Comments
Your Sentence

Bill Taylor A while back, I had the pleasure of hearing Bill Taylor of FastCompany Magazine speak and moderate a leadership summit. Bill suggest that we each should have a sentence-that one sentence that describes your reason to exist. I have always thought of that as my vision or purpose or “BHAG” (big hairy audacious […]

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Try Leading and Not Managing

February 15, 2017 0 Comments
Try Leading and Not Managing

I’ll be frank, I don’t understand the question that comes up so frequently in my circles — “How do we manage the Millennials?” To me, it seems really straightforward. Somehow, people have confused themselves. You manage projects, you lead people. Try leading Millennials instead of managing them. Managing vs Leading There are several ways of distinguishing […]

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People Development Leadership

January 11, 2017 0 Comments
People Development Leadership

Back in 2000, John Maxwell authored a book entitled Developing the Leader Within You. In that book he posited that there are five levels of leadership. He named those levels Position, Permission, Production, People Development and Pinnacle. In this post, I discuss the fourth of the five and we will explore the last level in our […]

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Leadership and Craftsmanship

September 2, 2015 0 Comments
Leadership and Craftsmanship

Fresh out of engineering school and excited to begin my new job, I enthusiastically began work on test equipment design for a digital fuel control. One of the more memorable experiences was working with the technician assigned to our team. He was (is?) a true craftsman. The circuit breadboards he built to our designs were […]

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A Younger Corner Office?

July 15, 2015 0 Comments
A Younger Corner Office?

Corner Office Is there a corner office? Who’s in it? Someone with gray hair and lots of leadership miles or a young person in a hoodie and ripped genes (and ripped abs!)? I’m finding, much to my delight, that the chief executives, company founders and c-suite leaders I work with are increasingly of the Millennial […]

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Leadership: Clarity

May 28, 2014
Leadership: Clarity

Almost all the leadership topics of the day wind up talking about “clarity” at one point or another. Why is that? I noticed this phenomenon while reading such diverse topics as “employee engagement,” “vision and purpose statements,” “execution culture,” “developing leaders,” “executive coaching” and “what motivates employees.” The common thread I noticed was clarity. The […]

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Book Review: Road Maps and Revelations by Paul R. Niven

May 29, 2009
Book Review: Road Maps and Revelations by Paul R. Niven

Often I’ve contemplated the old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. In my experience, that statement is true and I’ve also observed that the viewers frequently derive significantly different information from a picture. Some will see simply a scene or in abstract art they will be reminded of vastly different experiences than […]

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