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Hearing Truth When You’re in Power 

May 17, 2017

Last week, I watched the movie Hidden Figures, which included a clip of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pronouncing these words:*   “We think we are rendering a great service to our nation. For this is…read more

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My Secret First Step to Accelerating CEO Performance

May 11, 2017

Good consultants have a go-to first step to get dramatic results. Those initial results demonstrate value and provide a foundation for further gains.   My first step to accelerating CEO performance unlocks $50,000-$100,000 or more…read more

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Transparency in Job Benchmarking

May 4, 2017

Not Your Mother’s Hiring Process Anymore What do the UN General Assembly and Auburn University have in common? Both organizations have faced charges of alleged cronyism, unaccountability, and obsolescence in selection processes to fill their…read more

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How Leaders Can Overcome Cognitive Bias

April 21, 2017

Why We Benchmark When the Mind’s Eye Goes Blind When former Washington Capitals defenseman, Brian Pothier, suffered a concussion in a 2008 collision with Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins, he expected the normal recovery…read more

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Perpetual Conflict – Leader Insecurity

April 13, 2017

There is a Spiritual Reality that opens or closes the door to the resolution of conflict.   If you believe that human beings do not have a spiritual dimension, then you may not find this…read more

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Perpetual Conflict: 3 Personal Blockers

April 13, 2017

It’s natural for us to locate the source of conflict outside ourselves. But seasoned leaders have learned that they are part of the total system and therefore, part of any conflict. If that’s true, then…read more

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Perpetual Conflict – 5 Structural Inhibitors

March 28, 2017

We all know that the org structure itself can cause conflict—just think about the common scenario of two business partners who both want to be in charge. That structure is a “two-headed monster” that will…read more

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Perpetual Conflict – The 7 Relational Dynamics

March 22, 2017

My last post explained the four dimensions of perpetual conflict: Relational, Structural, Personal, and Spiritual. Each dimension contains factors that reveal the causes of conflict.   This post dives into the 7 factors of the…read more