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The Servant Leader

July 3, 2018
The Servant Leader

Tweet This week I was in a meeting with the CEO of a company and his purchasing manager. When responding to a query, the CEO stated, “I am not sure I understand.” The purchasing manager replied, “I understand and that’s why you have me.” This is not a recommended method of becoming a trusted...
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The Servant Leader

June 1, 2018
The Servant Leader

Tweet “Everyone is going to draw lines for you, especially when they think you should have achieved something or proved something or become something by a specific time. But it’s your job to reimagine these lines — to cross them, to jump them, and in some cases to ignore them altogether.” Academy Award-winning actor...
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The Servant Leader

May 14, 2018
The Servant Leader

Tweet This week I was visiting with a company whose third-generation leaders aspire to increase employee engagement by developing the leadership skills of their 70+ mid-level leaders. With that context, I was asking workplace culture questions to better understand where they had been and what might be challenging in their future. During the discussion,...
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The Servant Leader

March 30, 2018
The Servant Leader

Tweet Have you ever faced impossible odds? Not just something difficult, but something so incredibly challenging that even those closest to you and most supportive of you were shaking their heads and didn’t believe what you were trying to accomplish was possible? Perhaps they even tried to talk you out of attempting it for...
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The Servant Leader

March 16, 2018
The Servant Leader

Tweet I was sad to hear of the passing of Roger Bannister on March 3. Bannister was one of my heroes who gave me an understanding of a breakthrough early in my life and career. As most know, he was the first person to run a mile in under 4 minutes when he clocked...
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The Servant Leader

February 28, 2018
The Servant Leader

Tweet   If you are like me, you do not go looking for feedback. Often it feels awkward and points to our leadership blind spots or skill gaps. Since we don’t necessarily like change, it’s natural to resist. This awkwardness can make it uncomfortable to give or receive feedback, so the usual fallback position...
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The Servant Leader

January 29, 2018
The Servant Leader

Tweet I’m working this week with an executive who must embrace change. In fact, his life just might depend on it. Having a heart attack three weeks ago probably is as good a reason as any to think about making changes in one’s life and work. For most of us, however, it’s simply not...
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The Servant Leader

January 22, 2018
The Servant Leader

Tweet Time out! Do you have followers? Do you have the right followers? What I mean is followers who make a difference to your organization, to the communities in which they belong, and to the families in which they live. Almost 30 years ago as a young sales representative for Dale Carnegie, an owner...
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The Servant Leader

January 15, 2018
The Servant Leader

Tweet I was working this week with a global vice president whose organization is facing 7% turnover. He met with his staff and asked the magic question: “In what ways can we…?” It took them 25 minutes to stop blaming and start thinking of possible solutions. Only then did ideas begin to flow: Change...
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Time Out! The Servant Leader

January 5, 2018
Time Out! The Servant Leader

Tweet Goals. Please write, review, and/or rewrite your goals for 2018. Did you write them from the “Me” perspective or the “We” perspective? When we set our goals from the “We” perspective, we can be more helpful or useful to others to better serve them. Send me a note and let me know what...
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