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Dissatisfaction, not dreams, is the first step toward change.  Success that’s waiting over the mountain isn’t worth the climb when the valley feels fine. But, don’t beat people with the stick of dissatisfaction. The…
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It takes no courage to stand aloof and complain. Do you wish to lead? Change something. #1. Accept the messy. Acceptance isn’t approval. “The first step toward change is awareness. The second step…
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I give second chances reluctantly. I don’t want you on my team if you don’t work hard and bring your best. Drifters, excuse-makers, and blamers freak me out. They don’t deserve second chances.…
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Arrogance holds you back. Humility propels you forward.   Courage and humility: You’d be wrong if you said humility is kin to fear. Courage is the willingness and ability to fail and try…
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Breakthroughs are rare when you avoid where they happen. #1. Breakthroughs happen when you accept ignorance. You wouldn’t need a breakthrough if you already knew what to do. Ignorance is the hinge where…
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Feedback is wasted on Mr. Defensive. He closes his mind to anything that feels threatening.  The chronically defensive can’t benefit from helpful suggestions or constructive feedback. Strategies of Mr. Defensive: The moment you…
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Listening is the first step back from the abyss of lousy leadership. But what if your boss is a lousy listener? Listening leaders are better leaders. 7 Ways to Help Your Boss Be…
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It’s great to have someone show interest in you. A friend, Richard Croad from New Zealand, just asked about highlights I have experienced over the last couple years. Lot’s of things highlights come to…
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It was 1988. Jim Collins was a first year faculty at Stanford. Jim writes, “… I sought out Professor John Gardner for guidance on how I might become a better teacher. Gardner, former…
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Squeaky wheels suck the life out of leaders, teams, and organizations while they claim the high ground for themselves. Squeaky wheels have aspiration for others and exemption for themselves. Portrait of a squeaky…
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