Learning from the Comeback “Kid”

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Why do we like to cheer for the underdog?  Why do we want redemption?  We are human and we make mistakes.  Read this to learn more. The comeback “kid.”  Before Tiger Woods won the Masters golf tournament for the fifth time and fifth green jacket, there were plenty of articles about Tiger.  One article in particular pointed out how it …

Why Good People Do Bad Things

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This post is written for anyone who is trying to figure out why good people can do some bad things and in the process hurt many people.  The legacy we leave is the life we lead.–Jim Kouzes   NOTE:  My next podcast will be posted this Friday (the second Friday of each month)!  Listen to learn more about Becoming a Sage. …

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

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This post is written for leaders who should and need to be thinking about succession planning.  This is a reminder of what not to do.   This is a twist on the book How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.  Since my passion is helping people and organizations get from where they are to where they want to be, …

Now is the time to build community

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This post is for leaders in profit and not-for-profit organizations who want to know how to be most effective.  The bottom-line is this:  Leadership is not about you.  It is about what you can build and create as a result of your position and influence.  Use it to build community.  Read on to learn more. I am fascinated by the …

How to Win Friends and Influence People

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Dale Carnegie’s classic book by this same title as this post shares many ways to win friends and influence people.  I believe Mr. Carnegie would agree with the content of this post.  While I am describing a small detail, often the small things are the big things that matter most.   This might change your perspective in a positive way.   Many …

6 Guidelines to Create a Vision For the Life You Want

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This is a special guest post by Jesse Lyn Stoner.  I follow her work and use her book, Full Steam Ahead:  Unleash the Power of Vision in Your Life and Work, in my leadership work.  Since the most important person to lead is yourself, having a vision for your life is critical in helping you get from where you are …

Leadership is Common Sense or Is It?

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This post is a follow up to the previous post about Herb Kelleher.  There is so much to learn from his leadership practices that I want to give him some more thought and space.  He created a culture where people want to work by changing the industry norms.  While his practices were common sense, they are not very common.   It …

Remembering Another Leader as Sage: Herb Kelleher

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This post is in honor and memory of Herb Kelleher–a leader as Sage.  If you want to know what made him so special and unique–one of a kind–read this post.  We can learn from him and carry on parts of his legacy.   I always remind people we can learn from all kinds of leaders–both good and bad.  But it is …