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Posts Tagged ‘professionalism’

Be Aware. Self-Aware.

You cannot pick up an article, book or study about leadership that doesn’t include some mention of the importance of self-awareness. In fact, it’s identified as one of the top competencies of effective leadership. It’s been studied from all kinds of angles, including team performance and firm profitability. Interestingly, too many of those studies show […]

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The Word Is REMEMBER

I know you’re ready to go for this week, but looking back on last week, was it a great one? Did you do some good things? Interesting things? Helpful things? I’m not asking if the week was stressful—anything worth doing requires great effort, concentration and sometimes stress. But did you make a difference? I know […]

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I’ve Heard That Before

It’s time for my busy season to ramp up, going from the beautiful southeast coast last week to the equally beautiful southwest coast this week. Tough job, I know. Of all things, I’m most interested in hearing the progress that people have made on their Action Plans from my last visit. I want to hear […]

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Mentored By Your Supervisor II

Last week, I wrote about something that I thought was obvious and known. Come to find out, it was a surprise to some of you and caused some confusion. My assumption was that everyone understood that there are always mixed motives in any decision and action. There is always a self-centric motive and usually another […]

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Make Your Sacrifice Worthwhile

I happened to watch an ESPN show that told the story of John Calipari, basketball coach for the University of Kentucky. One of the video clips in the story showed him being recognized for all his accomplishments and success. During his remarks, he said something that struck me. He said he saw himself successful not […]

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One More High-Performer Practice

One thing I’ve learned from working with successful professionals is that they get results the right way. One practice I’ve observed is the way they reflect on past failings to determine what they could have done better. Rather than just chalking up their failure to circumstances, fate or other people’s failings, they think about it […]

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Don’t Just Eat The Donuts

I remember facilitating a partner meeting a while back. There was a tableful of firm partners dealing with issues that needed resolution. About half way through, I noticed that one partner never raised a question, never made a comment, never offered an idea, never supported or opposed anything. All he did was quietly sit in […]

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Your Closet And Your Calendar

I heard a humorous quip about closet space that says our practice is to fill up our closets to the brink and then stuff in more things. It goes from being full and organized to bulging and messy. No matter how large your closet is, it’s always overflowing. So the personal organization experts tell us […]

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When They Won’t Participate

What do you do when you are responsible for running a meeting but no one speaks up? No one contributes. Everyone just sits there, eyes glazed, looking to you to carry the conversation. Or worse, they are looking in their laps where their phones are. This situation could be in a firm meeting, a client […]

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How To Avoid Dumb Mistakes

You’ve just completed an assignment or project and you feel pretty good about it. You were diligent and thorough in your work. After you submit it, you get a response from a partner or client of an error that is glaring—so elementary and so below your capability. You are embarrassed and don’t know how you […]

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