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The Biggest Barrier to Delegation

I can't let go of that; if I don't empty the trash, who will?These young people have no work ethic; if I don't mow the lawn, who will do it? People have to get paid around here; if I don't double-check all the time sheets, how will it get done? In my Delegating...

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Honest Listening: What Peter says and one practice

Honest Listening: What Peter says and one practice

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.Peter Drucker When she walked into my office, she was clearly nervous. We had worked together for six months. In the next five minutes, she shared a very personal medical condition, how the treatment...

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Honest Listening

Honest Listening

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.Stephen R. Covey I heard this quote a couple of weeks ago and for the first time I understood. I have carried it around as a lens for myself for the last few weeks and it has...

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Honesty Quote

Honesty Quote

I believe leaders need to learn/relearn how to express love to their people so they feel it. Here is a quote that should make you think about love and honesty.

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Strategic Time: Are you at 10%?

Strategic Time: Are you at 10%?

Be honest – how many times a month do you sit in meetings with your peers and leave feeling energized, focused, and supported? Strategic time for leaders is critical, and yet the exception rather than the rule in my experience leading and coaching leaders.

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Lessons in Honesty: My Menlo Tour

Lessons in Honesty: My Menlo Tour

Recently I took advantage of a culture tour of Menlo Innovations in Ann Arbor. While I have been on the tour seven times over the past seven years, I always leave with a key lesson or two that I can practice in my own work. This time the word radical hit me as I...

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The Most Valuable Hour in Your Week

The Most Valuable Hour in Your Week

The ‘To-Do’ list on Monday often starts with what was left on Friday. Then the messages start coming in from the people that depend on us for things — boss, peers, customers, kids, spouse, aging parents, our team, and friends. Then we respond like we have on every other Monday — we get to work. Here is a solution that will cost you an hour and give you a return many times your investment.

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Focus on Culture in 2019: 4 Places for Leaders to Start

Focus on Culture in 2019: 4 Places for Leaders to Start

The idea of a culture series started in early 2018. As with many ideas, I really had no idea what the impact would be, but I thought it could be powerful for my community. The simple words that I put in every book I give to people are: Listen . . . Lead. Repeat often!...

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