3
Mar

Humility is critical, but so is courage. One of our other trustworthy leaders, Mary Ellen Sheets, is proof of this. She had the courage to take $350 and turn it into a used truck and a multi-million dollar business, Two Men and a Truck. Mary Ellen was courageous by starting a company when others didn’t […]

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1
Mar

My google alert is set up to deliver any and all topics on leadership. It amazes me how many people write on leadership, about how to develop leaders as well as the failures of leadership. After working with so many companies, leaders and teams, we can look back and say that those that truly want […]

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25
Feb

It is not always easy to interpret the culture of an organization from one encounter. You may be seeing an organization on its best day or maybe its worst day. How then, can you really assess the culture? Spend a day and see if you see and hear the same things over and over again. […]

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12
Feb

You would be surprised at the #1 skill that we get asked to provide in our leadership development and team development programs. Yes, we focus on team strengths and how to appreciate the perspectives of others. Yes, we focus on how to create a vision and prepare for the future. Yes, we focus on how […]

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31
Jan

In anticipation of the Superbowl, it is helpful to think about ways we can help our teams be excellent. It is not something that will happen overnight, but it can with hard work and determination to be excellent. We have learned over and over again, as we help teams become better, that they really need […]

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20
Jan

The new Edelman Trust Barometer reveals what we already know: trust drives innovation. When companies care about creating and providing products/services that help solve problems, consumers are more trusting. We have found this in our own research: * Leaders can foster innovation by creating a culture of trust * When there is a culture of […]

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13
Jan

Have you ever worked on a really great team? One that just gelled? Why do you think that team was different than the other teams you’ve worked on? 1. Great teams communicate well. These people know when to talk and when to listen. They really understand each other and their unique perspectives. 2. Great teams […]

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3
Jan

If you have ever been burned by someone, you start to evaluate prospective colleagues as soon as you meet them, trying to figure out if they can be trusted. One way we do this is to use the ROCC of Trust©. We first ask ourselves, is this person reliable? Have they followed through, as promised? […]

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16
Dec

Instead of wondering if there are enough leaders to carry on in our organizations, why don’t we look for and appreciate the strengths that each team member brings to our organization?  Then we can develop those strengths and use them to benefit both the employee and the organization.  We might just find some strengths that […]

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19
Nov

As leaders, it is easy to get caught up in performing well enough to get the next promotion. If that performance helps both you and the organization, then it is probably the right way to lead. If it helps only you, then you are leading no one but yourself. Reflecting on the leadership legacy of […]

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