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Don’t Be An April’s Fool

April Fools Day is a recognized day where pranks are pulled on people and the prankster then shouts, “April Fools!” People unknowingly are tricked and are only aware of the prank until they are tagged to be fools for falling for the joke. It’s done in fun, sometimes a...

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Were You A Leader Every Day?

Last week, I encouraged you to be a leader every day, even and especially when you are busy and under stress. I mentioned that you make choices every moment about what you do, when you do it and how you do it, which means you aren’t a victim of the moment, but that...

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Be A Leader Every Day

“You want me to do what!? Don't you know how busy I am? I have barely enough time to do what's required and you want me to be a leader every day too!? You've got to be kidding me." This was the response I got from a manager when I suggested that he use the times when...

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You’re Good To Go

When you prepare for a road trip where there will be adverse conditions, you take extra precautions with your car. You have the service technician perform extra checks to ensure that your car will perform optimally. You listen for confirmation when he says, “You’re...

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The Next Conversation

You’re in the middle of the busy season of opportunity, concentrating on getting your work done and out to your clients. You’re learning so much about them—information to share, questions to ask and insights to discuss. You know your clients would appreciate and value...

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Slow Down to Speed Up

When you woke up this morning, you were fully aware of all you have to do. The projects, engagements and meetings can feel overwhelming, and you haven’t even gotten out of bed yet. It will be so tempting to just hunker down and start slogging away. That’s not a bad...

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Motivation Through Stress

Too many managers and partners never learned how to motivate others, so they do things that have proven to be either ineffective or counterproductive, yet expecting them to “work this time.” In the firms where I train and consult, they are developing the practices and...

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Better Than Goals

If you’re like most, your New Year’s resolutions are long gone, or at least faded into a distant memory. While studies vary, they all lean to fewer than 10% actually complete or fulfill their goals. Since you know you are unlikely to meet your goals, you are likely to...

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They Rely On You

If you haven’t noticed, this weekly message has been missing from your inbox for two weeks. And there’s a reason. My email account was disabled due to “suspicious activity.” Actually, an internet interruption occurred while performing a password update and it offended...

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One Evidence of a Leader

One of the great joys of my work is coaching current and next gen leaders. Everyone develops their own style and perspective that influences their leader effectiveness. Even though everyone is unique, they all must expand their ability to maintain a broad view while...

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