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Separate the Person from the Idea

Separate the Person from the Idea

A quick leadership thought: In discussions and brainstorming, work really hard to separate the person from the idea. I’ve seen the inability to do this derail many a meeting and planning session. From time to time, all of us are guilty of placing too much ego in our idea or…

What Am I Protecting?

What Am I Protecting?

In a past post, I referred to two questions that I return to time and again: What am I protecting? and What am I willing to risk? These are at the heart of almost every decision. A leader is constantly confronted with protecting the status quo or taking a risk on…

Leadership Influenza

Leadership Influenza

Influenza. Flu. It’s that time of year. We get vaccinations. We wash our hands. We cover our mouths. And, we give skunk-eye glances to those that don’t. Why? Because, the flu is so easily transmitted from person to person. I did something a little weird this year. I was prompted…

Trust Makes the World Go ‘Round

Trust Makes the World Go ‘Round

“Love Makes the World Go ‘Round” is a song popularized by Perry Como…now I’m really showing my age! Other songs with similar titles have been written through the years. They share the sentiment that everything depends on love. Love is incredible. Love is strong. But…I want to suggest an alternative that may…

Servant-Leadership: A Reminder

Servant-Leadership: A Reminder

The concept of servant-leadership is not a new one. The term, however, was first used by Robert Greenleaf in his paper, The Servant as Leader. Here is an excerpt: The servant-leader is servant first…It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings…

Three Words Every Leader Ought to Know

Three Words Every Leader Ought to Know

Here are three words every leader ought to know: health, equitability, and advocacy. Over the years, those have become the issues to which I pay the closest attention. HEALTH:  Do things “feel” healthy?  Often, leaders pay so much attention to necessary bottom lines and issues, that they can fail to adequately assess the life-giving or…

Mirror, Mirror on the wall…Honest Feedback

Mirror, Mirror on the wall…Honest Feedback

“Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who is fairest of them all?”–Even the wicked witch in Snow White sought some honest feedback! Here it is. Straight up. One of the most difficult things for a leader is soliciting and receiving feedback. This can be for numerous reasons: You are afraid of…

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