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Always Create a Backup Plan

Why You Should Prepare for the Worst When You’d Rather Fix it on the Fly I will tell you about the biggest fiasco I ever witnessed at a public event that happened a few years ago. And then I'll tell you about a potential disaster handled with grace and precision. I still cringe when I…
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How to Influence a Resistant Person

If you’ve read my three-word definition of leadership (or anything from John Maxwell), you know that influence is essential to leading others. But not everyone wants your influence. Some people are immediately suspicious of anyone who wants to change their mind. Others have decided (for whatever reason) that they don’t want to listen to you.…
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How Do You Measure Leadership ROI?

John Maxwell says leadership can be summed up in one word—influence. It’s hard to argue with one of the most widely acclaimed leadership experts of our generation. I agree that leadership is influence. But I think influence alone is not a sufficient definition. People can be influential and still not be leaders. For example, someone…
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4 Lessons From Team Development Mistakes

Valuable leadership lessons come from times when things don’t go as planned. In this third and final episode of our mini-series, I’m sharing the most important lessons I’ve learned from building new leadership teams where none existed before. [content_box]“The greatest teacher, failure is.” - Yoda[/content_box] Looking back, I can count eight organizations that invited me…
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7 Steps to Build a Management Team

If you as a CEO decided to create a senior management team, where would you start? What would you do next? How would you know when you were done? Several times in my career, I have built or helped a business owner to build a leadership team from scratch. Looking back, I can count eight…
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When to Build a Management Team from Scratch

Several times in my career, I have built or helped a business owner to build a management team from scratch. Looking back, I can count eight organizations that invited me to partner with them with this specialized form of team development. In this 3-part leadership mini-series, I’ll explain how to know when this kind of…
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