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The Shadow Side of Leadership

Once you've been in a leadership role for awhile, you develop a leadership style that is comfortable. You begin to relax in that role, feeling you are at the top of the learning curve and confident that you know how to be a leader. Beware! This is the slipperiest spot...

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Why You’re So Lousy at Problem Solving

Guest Post by Nat Greene Humans have done a good enough job solving problems throughout the ages--otherwise we would not have made it to 7 billion people on the planet. Bravo. But countless problems still plague humankind. Some are problems in your life, like staying...

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Clear Values Are a Business Imperative

It's springtime! The trees are beginning to bud, and soon they will be in full bloom. I am reminded of the "great tree service debacle" several years ago. We had several beautiful trees that required spraying to ward off disease and bugs. Our tree service would come...

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How Middle Managers Provide Leadership Everyday

Let’s set aside the boring debate about managers vs. leaders for a moment and take a look at daily life for most managers in organizations. The reality is that middle managers provide real leadership all the time. Although some middle managers think their job is to...

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The Dog that Rarely Bites: A Leadership Lesson

Guest Post by Timothy R. Clark, author of Leading with Character and Competence: Moving Beyond Title, Position, and Authority   When a dog bites, word gets out. You stay away and keep away. There’s no discussion or negotiating with the dog; you simply avoid the...

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Dialogue Bridges the Divide

We had not discussed politics since the election, treading warily with each other, neither of us wanting to trigger an unpleasant scene. But tension was just under the surface and seeping out in other forms. Since the US presidential election, many people have...

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Trust Me, You’ll Be Fine! | by Chip Bell

Guest Post by Chip Bell I was scared... really scared. It was going to be a half-mile walk home alone in the pitch dark and I was seven years old. I was helping my grandfather with a project that ended up going until dark. I called my dad to come get me and he...

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