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3 Differences Between Optimism and Positive Thinking

Optimism and positive thinking are not the same thing. One is always an asset to your leadership, but the other can be a liability if you’re not careful. If you are a student of leadership, you already know that attitude and perspective are critical to your success, so I invite you to walk with me…
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Use Self-Reflection for a Successful New Year

I was all alone in the boardroom on the 26th floor. No one else had been called to this meeting, and that was by design. I had booked the room to have a meeting with myself, an end-of-year review of my own performance. I had been looking forward to this meeting for several weeks, because…
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Embracing Change When It Comes at a Cost

Several years ago, I was asked to resign from a job that I loved. A short time later, a dear friend and mentor of mine encouraged me to embrace that decision as if it had been my own. At the time, his advice was a bitter pill to swallow, and it seemed almost heartless. But…
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4 Secrets to Building Good Teams

I’m a big fan of teams, not because they are perfect, but because they are often the best option for achieving results that would be impossible for individuals. I’m also a fan because teams can bring a sense of purpose or meaning to almost any task, no matter how menial or difficult. A good team…
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Recognizing Employees

If you’re thankful for your employees, let them know it. In this season of gratitude and thanksgiving, it’s time to return to one of the foundational principles of leadership and motivation – the practice of recognizing employees for all that they do in our organizations. Countless studies have shown that recognition is one of the…
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Mastering the Art of Motivation

Motivating other people is actually quite difficult. I’ve known seasoned leaders who were highly skilled in multiple areas of leadership but still struggled when it came to motivating other people, especially when those people were not like them. If you approach motivation in the wrong way, it is actually impossible. Unfortunately, a lot of management…
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