Perception is Everything

Feb 19, 2021
 

LEADER'S FIELD GUIDE

What can a group of thrill-seeking ski bums teach us about uncertainty? Identify your team’s risk attitude and the importance of perception.


I was skiing with a group of friends. It was not the coveted bluebird day characterized by bright blue sky, brilliant sun, and sharp shadows. On the contrary, the clouds were thick, and light was flat making it increasingly difficult to see inconsistencies in the white landscape especially as the day drew to a close. That...

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Case of the $15,000 Pizza

Feb 05, 2021
 

LEADER'S FIELD GUIDE

How did 25 really smart people pay $15,000 for a pizza? By losing sight of corporate mission, values, and goals-- along with a few other things!


Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to observe a surprising interaction between a team of leaders. Each leader had invested heart, soul, and a lot of money into a wildly successful endeavor. With the group’s quarterly meeting approaching, each individual would recommit to the same mission, values, and...

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Big Ben, Small Changes

Jan 29, 2021
 

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Big Ben’s 14-foot minute hands move with accuracy down to the penny, yes, to the penny! Learn how one penny can influence a 31,000-pound bell.


I have three battery-powered clocks. You know, the kind that must be manually reset every Spring and Fall? I can hear when a battery needs replaced because the secondhand sounds flat; it just doesn’t have enough power to make it past the nine on the clock face! I may complain about switching out rechargeable batteries,...

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Situational Brainstorming

Jan 15, 2021
 

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We all know how to brainstorm: lots of ideas, no judgment. Good leaders must address the nuances presented in various situations. Here are some tips!


What would you call matter synthesized from exact ratios of protein and small particle dispersion of emulsifiers? Well, spumoni ice cream, of course!1 Technically, these colorful layers of chocolate, pistachio, and cherry are milk sherbet, or sherbet combined with milk.2, 3 This delightful dessert traveled from...

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The Next 100 Days

Jan 08, 2021
 

LEADER'S FIELD GUIDE

Extreme arrogance, information bias, and poor communication caused Napoleon Bonaparte to meet his Waterloo. What can we learn from his mistakes?


Congratulations to those who are starting new jobs this month! We’ve been rooting for you and now-- the first 100 days. Actually, we all have the next 100 hundred days. Before we find out what you are doing with yours, a little history. The phrase first 100 days comes to us from the French by way of Napoleon Bonaparte. It...

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WIIFM of Kindness

Jan 01, 2021
 

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If you think of me as a nice person, then you’ve got to hear my origin story. You also need to know what you get back when you are kind to others.


What I am about to tell you may shock you! If you think of me as a nice person, then you could consider this my origin story. The first week of kindergarten, I let my classmates talk me into tipping Billy’s desk over-- with him in it! Oh, it pains me to share this and though my little mind knew Billy was...

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2020Q4 REVIEW: Progress

Dec 11, 2020
 

LEADER'S FIELD GUIDE

Let’s reflect on the Leader’s Field Guides from 2020Q4. As you focus on “progress”, how does patience and practice factor into learning and growth?


It’s time for a review! Reflect on 2020Q4 and consider what you’ve incorporated into your leadership and what needs more attention. Think about how each topic challenges you to reflect on your progress over the last three months. What role is practice and patience playing? How can you...

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Learning Styles Myth

Nov 27, 2020
 

LEADER'S FIELD GUIDE

You may not be able to use machine-learning algorithms, but you can entertain and engage learners while appealing to a broad set of learning styles.


I’m learning to speak Spanish. I wanted to say, “I’m trying to learn Spanish.” But, I deserve more credit than that. I can say things like, “There is a bear in the swimming pool,” and “My cat never showers in the morning.” I’ve been asked why I am learning a new language...

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Scoring to Lose

Nov 13, 2020
 

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Rarely does an opponent insist on giving points to the other team. What does an ill-timed goal tell us about instincts, clock management, and losing?


Have you ever seen football players signal a touchdown for the other team? Or teammates console the player that accidentally broke the plane, earning his team six points and a chance for a seventh? It’s extremely rare, if not unheard of… Well, until Todd Gurley, running back of the Atlanta Falcons, scored the...

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Take a Chance Card

Nov 06, 2020
 

LEADER'S FIELD GUIDE

What was the game of Monopoly intended to teach us and what can great leaders learn about taking risk, managing fear, and revealing personal edge?


Remember the orange cards in the game Monopoly? I was pretty excited about drawing a Chance card, unless I had less than $200. Here’s why: 12 out of the 16 cards are actually beneficial, if you count the “Go Back 3 Spaces” card—which might give you a chance to buy that third of three Title Deeds....

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