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Avoid The #1 Hiring Mistake

Avoid The #1 Hiring Mistake In the last six months, have you heard this comment about a new hire who is already gone?  “They interviewed so well I don’t know why they couldn’t perform?”  And now the organization gets to drop another $50,000 to fill a...

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Step One Of Any Success

Step One Of Any Success? Everything starts with a reason, it always does.  Every successful person who has started or grown a business made the move.  But it is very important to know why some people jump, and some people don’t.  The difference between...

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Passive Leadership Bullying

Passive Leadership Bullying There is not much that can be said to justify the nature of a bully.  Bullies are demoralizing and leave the world worse off for it.  However, they are upfront about their bullying tactics leaving no question as to their motives and where...

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Leaders Can Derail!

Leaders Can Derail! How does this happen. You have a high level leader who has been with the organization a long time. Through ambition, hard work, and giving the company tremendous value, they have been promoted to an executive position. They walk into a meeting one...

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Listening with Empathy

Listening with Empathy "Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood," is the fifth success habit from Steven R. Covey's book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  He talks about listening with empathy, not sympathy; listening by getting inside another...

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To Delegate or not Delegate

To Delegate or not Delegate "Just delegate it," they say.  As if it was that easy.  What do I delegate?  Why should I delegate?  When should I delegate?  How should I delegate?  It seems like everyone has a handle on this but me.  Actually, most managers do not find...

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A View of the Business

A View of the Business A view of the business sometimes requires getting away from the business.  This past weekend, a group of us rode motorcycles up some high mountain trail to the continental divide, elevation 12,154 ft.  It's not only a different world above the...

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Change How You Change

Change How You Change Some people go to a different doctor every time the need arises, and some people have gone to the same doctor for 20 years and have no plans on changing that habit.  That very same person who refuses to change doctors may change their furniture...

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Effective Leaders

Effective Leaders When someone was once asked what it took to be an effective leader, he responded:  "Be an effective  follower!"  While this response seems in opposition to leadership, it has truth to it.  In order to effectively lead, you sometimes need to be...

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Change Management

Change Management So you're in yet another meeting, the discussion is intense.  A proposal is out on the table involving some significant changes to the company.  These proposed changes are going to test skills, structure, strategic abilities, and political...

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Accountability Is?

Accountability Is? Ask a coworker, ask your boss, ask your neighbor, ask another member of your booster club, "what is accountability?"  So frequently the response is "do what you say you're going to do.  It's that simple".  But is accountability really that simple,...

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Feedback to Boost Motivation

Feedback to Boost Motivation The young carry-out boy was asked, "How long have you been working here?" He replied, "Ever since they threatened to fire me." One of the best things you can do as a manager to boost motivation is to provide feedback.  If you don't get...

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Goal Defining and Setting

Goal Defining and Setting When setting goals, people can get so caught up in all of the problems with various aspects of the business, that they get lost in the problem explanations and never get to the solution.  Discussing problems as a preamble to setting goals is...

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Change Is Better

Change Is Better An 80 year old man pulls into a gas station, steps out of his car, and starts pumping gas.  His car is a brand new 2011 Volkswagen Touaregand and it shines like he just drove it off the lot.  Now this sight makes one think, why in the world would an...

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Trust or No Trust

Trust or No Trust There were two Realtors in Starbucks the other day, engaged in a deep discussion around a fence that was not exactly on the property line of the home being sold.  Coffee shops aren't really the best strategic place to get into an invigorating...

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