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The 80/20 Rule

The 80/20 Rule

There are so many sayings and aphorisms. Often they are held to be true simply because they have been repeated so much. We’ve all heard them. Some, like the following, sound great but aren’t necessarily very accurate. The customer is always right.  Henry Ford said that if that were true then…

Transformation vs. Behavior Modification

Transformation vs. Behavior Modification

What is the difference between transformation and just acting differently? I’ve been thinking a lot about that lately. I am a Christ-Follower so I began my exploration from a spiritual angle. Living in Christ’s Presence, a book by Dallas Willard and John Ortberg, has challenged me. Here is a great quote: Spiritual transformation…

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…

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