Playing Your Hand

May 07, 2021
 

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How does evolution of the four suits, the ace, the “suicide king” of hearts, and the joker inspire us to lead teams with pure intentions?


Every summer, we got to visit my cousins’ house where we were always treated to new magic tricks. My favorite tricks were the card tricks! Misdirection and sleight of hand serve the magician well, but it is certainly not recommended for the ethical card player. As leaders, we are all dealt a hand. We don’t get...

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Lost in a Crowd

Apr 16, 2021
 

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Surrounded by dogs, mountain bikers, and hikers, we…got…lost! Find out how a misguided hike reminds leaders about best practices and U-turns.


The weather was perfect; my husband and I planned an entire day of possibilities. We ventured off our beaten path with the expectation of discovery. We wanted to do something new, different, unexplored. As it is for most journeys, the beaten path was wide and well-traveled. Helpful signs were clear and well-placed....

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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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TAG! You're It

Mar 12, 2021
 

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Making the call, asking a question, or speaking up... Do you thrive in a Learning Zone? Or suffer in the Apathy, Comfort, and Anxiety Zones?


“By the time we are in grade school, it is second nature,” says Amy Edmondson of our desire to be safe. So many things are at that age, even clinging to home base while playing Tag was routine. We chased classmates around at recess, converting competitors from the chased to the chaser, yelling “TAG! You’re...

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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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Getting to Inbox Zero

Feb 12, 2021
 

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Tips and tricks for email management are countless and tend to be a bit polarizing, right? Get the 6 Ds and find out what Inbox Zero really means.


I went on vacation a few years ago and no one noticed! After a season of too much business travel, I started designing my work to be done from anywhere. As a function of that commitment, I created a great deal of flexibility in my business. Yet, no matter where I am, I notice the emails just keep coming. On that particular...

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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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From Stranger to Raving Fan

Jan 22, 2021
 

LEADER'S FIELD GUIDE

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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