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Growing the Distance Survey Results

As most of you know by now, I’m currently working toward the Fall release of my latest book, Moose-on-the-Table: Courageous Conversations in the Workplace. Last month I surveyed readers of Growing the Distance to get some feedback, and also see what new products and services would be of interest in the future. One of the […]

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Try to Remember…My Most Memorable Articles

A web site that posts a number of my articles for their visitors/members asked me which are the three most memorable articles that I have penned in my career. The editor was having a tough time choosing from the approximately 250 articles and columns available on our website (see https://www.clemmergroup.com/resources/articles/for the index). I replied that […]

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Many Roads Lead to Improvement

Improvement Points subscriber, Larry Beckon, sent me a comment about something I sent out recently. Here is the original Improvement Point, followed by Larry’s comment. I love getting feedback from readers, so leave a comment about this or any other post I make. “There are as many ways to change and improve as there are […]

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On the Grow: Practical Application Ideas

Just telling people they need to grow is one thing. Actually offering practical ideas is what really helps leaders to reach their full potential. Here are a few ideas from dozens listed in the Growing and Developing section of the Growing the Distance: Personal Implementation Guide. Get a personal coach or counselor to guide your […]

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Introducing ebooks

During a recent survey, we polled visitors about new products they’d like to see in our store. In the results we noticed a significant interest in ebooks. Obviously the advantages to ebooks are numerous. You can store and view them on your computer or PDA for easy reference, or print out specific pages to share […]

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Continually Grow and Change or Be Changed

Two and half years after I began writing (and more than fours after I conceived the book idea), I have finally finished the first draft of my Moose-on-the-Table book! Squeezing this writing between a major web site redesign, increasingly busy Client work schedule, and all the other writing I do for our newsletter and various […]

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Web site survey

Over the last five months, we’ve been making some changes to the site. Some are big, and some not so big. We’ve made these changes in order to make all the information you need available quickly and easily. Some of the new features include: “News & Events” column on the home page Top Ten Articles […]

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Key Notes from my Keynotes: Renewal & Reflection

Some industries and professions are under particular strain these days. That’s certainly the case for healthcare professionals during these times of financial constraint, aging populations, and really scary pandemic scenarios. I was the opening keynote speaker for the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association at one of their annual conferences. Their conference theme was, “Discover the Leader […]

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Favorite May Improvement Points

Here are my personal three choices of the Improvement Points we sent out in May: “Improvement planning, process management, teams, skill development, and the like are either constrained or boosted by our organization’s structure and support systems. If they are poorly aligned with our Context and Focus (vision, values, and purpose), strategies, and goals, performance […]

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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmmmm….on Healthy Debates

“Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.” Gandhi “I argue very well. Ask any of my remaining friends. I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this, and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don’t even invite me.” Dave […]

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The “new” Leader Letter

The following was originally posted in the May issue of the Leader Letter. I’m posting it here now to give some background to new subscribers. As longtime subscribers to the Leader Letter already know, one of the themes I come back to again and again is change. Change in the workplace. Change in the home. […]

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Let it go and come up for air

I love to get comments like this one from Sharon, a subscriber responding to a recent Improvement Point she received. Whether it’s in a workshop or an e-mail, comments like hers so wonderfully bring alive the point I’m trying to get across. For those of you who don’t know, Improvement Points is a free subscription […]

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Key Notes from My Key Notes:Updating “It’s OK, son, everybody does it”

I recently gave a keynote at a conference where another speaker also presented on leadership and using technology to maintain a competitive edge. During his presentation he talked about downloading music from the Internet for his personal collection. Since some services were shut down by recording companies’ legal action for copyright infringement, he discussed the […]

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Survey feedback from Growing the Distance

You may have noticed that I’ve been trying to get a lot of feedback via surveys recently. One of the surveys was for folks who own a copy of Growing the Distance. If you have the book and haven’t filled out the survey, please take a few minutes. Click here to take survey Kathryn took […]

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Building on Strengths: Coaching, Developing, and Retaining High Performers

The later part of Jeff’s e-mail provides an excellent example of coaching and career development. As Jeff reports, this is the kind of activity that high performing people find very valuable and increases their engagement with the coach and the organization he or she is leading. In his third paragraph, Jeff asks for more resources […]

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Attempting to Cut Gordian Knotted Mass of Self-Knowledge

I am not sure if I’ve cut the Gordian Knot Layton refers to in his message below. I certainly continue to appreciate his ongoing support for my work. Layton is referring to our latest survey for Growing the Distance readers and the new Growing the Distance: Self-Study System I produced to go with it. Here […]

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Building on Strengths: Coaching, Developing, and Retaining High Performers

The later part of Jeff’s e-mail provides an excellent example of coaching and career development. As Jeff reports, this is the kind of activity that high performing people find very valuable and increases their engagement with the coach and the organization he or she is leading. In his third paragraph, Jeff asks for more resources […]

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What’s the Right Organization Structure?

Here’s a note I recently received from the president of a company we’ve been working with: “I am looking for a book/information on organizational structures. However, there’s a twist. We are currently set up as most companies are, with a vertical (silo) model. I want to change this. Part of our vision is to be […]

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Outstanding Performance is Voluntary

I received an e-mail from a visitor to our web site asking for “your thoughts about leadership within volunteer organizations and what can be learned for people who provide leadership for ‘paid employees.’“ Here’s my response: I have long believed that managers who provide leadership for paid staff can learn a great deal about true […]

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Responsibility for Choices

One of the Timeless Leadership Principles in our Leadership Wheel model (view the model at timeless leadership) is Responsibility for Choices. I have come to emphasize this one more heavily than the others because so many people in my keynote speaking and workshop audiences feel so helpless and powerless. It’s so easy to get stuck […]

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