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daring greatly

I read a lot of books and I try to take one thing away from them all. Trying to boil my big takeaways to one is just impossible. This book, “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way we Live, Love, Parent and Lead,” by Dr. Brene Brown, is dense with lessons … Continue reading

The Orange Revolution

What is a leader without a team? Like wind in the sails, the team is the driving force behind great change. Yet our history books betray us. They lead us to believe that great movements in history have come through the icons who were but sails filled with the power of a galvanized mob. Teams … Continue reading

Credibility

Credibility is the currency of leadership. A leader with no credibility is a leader with no influence. A leader with no influence is not a leader. Credibility correlates to believability. It’s trust and confidence in the person we chose to follow. It isn’t just alignment between my words and my actions. It’s also alignment between … Continue reading

Crush It!

There is no such thing as a copy-cat leader. When it comes to leading, authenticity rules. Authenticity builds credibility. Credibility is the key to influence. Influence is leadership. “Fake it till you make it,” is the wrong leadership advice. This is why today in LeaderCast, I’m recommending: Crush It!: Why Now is the Time to Cash … Continue reading

Switch

Leadership is a responsibility – not a right, title or position. It's the responsibility entrusted to us by those who choose to follow. Their trust is a delicate gift, so how we lead matters. What we learned yesterday was good for yesterday, so today we must elevate our vision once again and continue to refine … Continue reading

Delivering Happiness

You’ve heard it said: "It's not personal, it's just business." I think what they mean to say is: "I understand that I'm hurting you right now. It’s just that your pain is less important to me than my gain.” You know, one day we'll die and unless our checkbook is the only thing we want at … Continue reading

Start with Why

People matter. People matter a lot. Our work as leaders must not be carried out carelessly, because of its direct impact on people. It has been said that “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make drink.” While I get the point, the fact is, we don’t lead horses. Since we lead … Continue reading

Going Tribal

syn·er·gy: The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects. There is a power in united communities. In fact, for me there is something magical about being a part of a community with a purpose bigger than myself. No one should … Continue reading

Leadership and Self-Deception

The perfect words are just not enough. The challenge is that communication is not just about carefully chosen words. Don't get me wrong; the words you choose are immensely important—just not most important. My belief in a person’s value and motive makes a big difference in how my communication with them–regardless of the words I … Continue reading

Linchpin

Are you essential, absolutely necessary, incapable of being disregarded? The real question to ask is: are you indispensable? In today’s changed economy, this is arguably the most important question to ask yourself. Why? Because if anyone can do it, anyone will do it. If anyone will do it, it’s not that special. If it’s not … Continue reading