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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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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7-Minute Workout

Oct 23, 2020
 

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Why can’t we simply microwave our way to great fitness, relationships, appreciation, or confidence? Here’s what efficiency experts won’t tell you.


I’m an efficiency and process freak! When I’m stuck in traffic, I reimagine energy-saving transportation solutions or wonder what systems are involved in the proficient mass-production of break light covers. Oh, I’m a riot in the workout room, too! I master my most effective workout routine,...

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2020Q3 REVIEW: Identity

Sep 18, 2020

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Let’s reflect on the Leader’s Field Guides from 2020Q3. As you focus on "identity", how can you develop more clarity and intentional expression?


It’s time for a review! Reflect on 2020Q3 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 professional and personal identity. Are those identities different? How can you enhance your leadership...

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Virtual Networking

Aug 21, 2020

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Geographical boundaries are limitless and access to people, infinite. What does it mean to be intentional about relationships, quirk, and service?


These days, we can meet people all over the world at the click of a button. According to Fusion, “550,000 miles of cable transmit 99% of international digital data”. That’s enough to circle the earth twenty-two times! If we have a complaint about virtual networking, it certainly isn’t because we...

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