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Are You on the Right Path?

My teenage son just returned from a long hiking trip. He was on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina–his first “real” hiking trip with backpack, tent, food, first aid kit, etc. (He learned that raw eggs don’t travel well even if you have a burner to cook them.) As a mother, I was concerned he […]

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In a Summer Slump?

Summer is here–a time to relax and recharge. But if you’re like many people, you might be experiencing a “summer slump.” It happens to the best. Signs are: You’re not being as productive as you need to be. You’re not as energized about your work or the business. You’re feeling stagnant or lethargic. You’re procrastinating […]

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The Key to Being the Best Leader

Help other people do the same. When working with leaders and executives, it’s common to have discussion about personal performance.  Leaders who want to grow are curious about their strengths and areas to develop. Some take assessments. Some get 360 degree feedback.  It’s easy to become overly self-focused in the process if you’re not careful.  […]

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Fast Action Required

It’s still early in the New Year. Have you hit a roadblock already? Or failed to do something you thought you’d do by now? Even if you’re serious about growing your business or team, you know that intentions alone won’t drive your success. It takes action–a lot of it. Three types of action can speed […]

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Time to Detox Your Team?

How’s the weather where you are? Not the kind of weather that you experience when you walk outdoors, but the weather when you walk in your office. Earlier this year I had a conversation with an employee in a business that was really struggling. He said, “When I enter the office in the morning, I […]

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Are you outcome oriented?

What’s the biggest business obstacle you’re facing? Obstacles are a part of business. Some are external, like the snow storms that hit the country this winter. Businesses scrambled to make the best of a difficult situation. Some obstacles are internal, like employee conflicts that make getting work done next to impossible. I’ve always contended that […]

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The Elephant in the Room

It’s there. Sometimes sitting quietly while you maneuver around it in conversation. You’re hoping it might just go away. Other times, it’s so big and blatant that it becomes your sole focus. It’s the elephant in the room, of course. And it’s one of the greatest threats to your business. In my consulting work over […]

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When Team Members Clash

Why is it that one person can walk away from a conversation and think it was a heated exchange and the other person thinks nothing of it? That little flare up — John let it go, but Jane stewed about it for days. People are wired differently. They may share the same experience, yet they […]

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Eager to get to work?

Studies show that approximately two-thirds of U.S. employees are not fully engaged at work. And 26% are actively disengaged. But you don’t need studies to prove that. Think about the people you know in your own network. How many express frustration, apathy or burnout compared to those who seem to thrive in their work? Maybe […]

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What Strength Are You Building?

Executives are talking about the need to “build strength” — strength as it pertains to their business, their teams and themselves as leaders. What does “strength” really mean? To many people, strength means mental toughness, team cohesiveness, business resilience. Strength can also mean sensitivity, vulnerability and willingness to admit mistakes. In strategic planning sessions, I […]

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