Second Chances

Apr 30, 2021
 

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Second chances aren’t easy to give and are even harder to take. The movie “Hoosiers” shows mercy AND expectation from different viewpoints.


After already being ejected twice from games earlier in the season, Coach Dale asks the referee to eject him from the game. The referee says, “Well, I guess you’ve got your reasons,” and throws him out of the game as the crowd erupts with anger. Coach Dale walks off the court barely concealing his...

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Tires Don't Stay Buried

Mar 26, 2021
 

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Do you know why buried tires float to the surface? Discover what keeps old tires, unresolved conflict, and unfinished tasks from resurfacing.


My mom and I were talking the other day, and she concluded her story by saying, “You know, because tires don’t stay buried.” What?! No, I didn’t know that. At this very moment I own 8 tires, actually 12 if you count the two spares and my bike. So, clearly, I don’t have a problem with tires. In fact, I...

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2021Q1 REVIEW: Strategy

Mar 19, 2021
 

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Let’s reflect on the Leader’s Field Guides from 2021Q1. As you focus on “strategy”, how does forecasting play into your intentional design?


It’s time for a review! Reflect on 2021Q1 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 strategy over the last three months. What role is planning and forecasting playing? How can you...

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Peaches & Coconuts

Mar 05, 2021
 

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Building relationships with “Coconuts” and “Peaches” can get hairy. Gain insights into earning trust and developing camaraderie on a team.


One of my fondest memories of a trip south of the equator, was drinking coconut water from a young green coconut right off the palm tree. There are a few ways to harvest that delicious water, and from what I can tell, all require sharp tools and staunch determination. As the coconut ages, the water becomes soft...

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Perception is Everything

Feb 19, 2021
 

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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
 

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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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From Stranger to Raving Fan

Jan 22, 2021
 

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A road map exists for converting potential clients to raving fans of your products and services. Discover the 8 stops on the Customer Value Journey.


Usually, it’s hours passed my bedtime before the band even starts their sound checks! I’m not a huge concert fan, and for those keeping score, I happen to be married to one! I am the one impatiently waiting for the opening band to hurry up, so the headliner can get on with their performance. Oh, and the dreaded...

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The Next 100 Days

Jan 08, 2021
 

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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
 

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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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