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Change Management is a role we often place on leaders. We know that too much change impacts performance and saps motivation, so “managing transitions” and “mitigating turbulence” are common phrases relating to this managing change. More often, however, what the organization actually needs is Stability Management. Leaders must make the work environment predictable and routine, with clear […]

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Every leadership position comes with its own spotlight. As a leader, you’re the one on stage, you make the decisions, you take responsibility for consequences, everyone is watching and waiting for you to take action. The default expectation is that you will do it on your own and everyone else will follow. But what happens […]

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When work, life, and social media collide to create the conditions we typically describe as “busy,” one result is that we fail to fully appreciate. We have only enough margin to partially engage in the process of being thankful, which limits our impact. Looking more closely at being thankful, we might describe it in three […]

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The military is full of opportunities, plenty of places you wish you could serve, jobs you wish you had, people you wish you could work with. Given the military’s sequential, time and experience-based professional development model, most of that opportunity is out of reach or untimely. One way to overcome this facet is to perform […]

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Your rank and authority give you the right. Your experience gives you the credibility. The consequences involved make you reluctant to do it any way but yours. Your busy day makes you impatient. So, you issue orders and give advice…all day long. This cycle is not a crime, it’s just not the best way to develop […]

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We prefer to work for leaders who trust us to make good decisions. The opposite creates a frustrating climate. That kind of leader demands details about unimportant topics, doesn’t ask for input, isn’t interested in anyone else’s efforts. But it’s a two-way street. Followers have the responsibility to show that they support the leader’s priorities […]

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It’s true what you’ve heard. Leadership is not about likership. But if those you lead can’t connect with who you are… or relate to your perspective… or aren’t inspired by your emotional engagement… or don’t believe you will listen to and help them with their struggles… …the best you’ll get is compliance. Personality is the […]

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Try to visualize the nature of today’s profession of arms and it’s not a stretch to envision a ship tossed around violently in storm waves. Social media. Political turbulence. The Millennial Generation. Fewer combat deployments. Civil-military fissures. These facets of our socio-political life shape and often erode the essence of what it means to be […]

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We have all heard the saying, “I went to a meeting to discuss a meeting.”  Meetings can be very useful and a huge waste of time if managed improperly.  They are either too long, too short, or do not solve the problem or issue that the meeting was trying to solve in the first place.  […]

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Every movie has a hero. Luke Skywalker. Harry Potter. Indiana Jones. Even Austin Powers is a hero. The hero is the heart of the movie, the person or thing on which the movie focuses to tell the story. Movies take these heroes on journeys that follow a common path. The hero encounters a problem he […]

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