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Leaders are Made, not Born

Effective leaders are made, not born. If we are not working hard to continually improve our leadership skills because we weren't "born with natural talent" then we are either copping out, misinformed, or both.

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Interested in Leadership, or Committed to Becoming a Leader?

Many managers in leadership roles have stunted personal growth. We can focus on the gain of improvement, by keeping our preferred future and purpose firmly in front of us, and develop the "habit" of personal improvement.

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Growing with Change

Grow with change by focusing on a vision, choosing your outlook, seeking authenticity, committing yourself with discipline and continue to grow and develop.

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Growing the Leader in Us

Six critical areas of personal development for inner self-leadership to move outward to influence, guide, support, and lead others.

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Growing at the Speed of Change

Change happens. We can't control much of the world changing around us. But we can control how we respond. We can choose to anticipate and embrace changes or resist them. The choice is ours.

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From Phase of Life to Way of Life

We need to be careful about what we wish for – the popular goals of security, stability, and predictability are deadly. The closer we get, the more our growth is stunted and learning reduced.

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Feedback to See How Others See Me

We tend to define levels of service or quality through our own eyes and values. That may not be the way our customers or partners define it. If we're going to improve the service or quality delivered, we need to first understand how those we're serving, or producing for, perceive service or quality.

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Feedback is an Essential Element of Learning and Improvement

As managers, our frequency, sensitivity, and action (or lack of it) on personal performance feedback sets the pace and tone for the rest of our team and organization.

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Change or Be Changed

Failing to respond to inevitable change, results in being victims of change.

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Change Management is an Oxymoron

Change can't be managed. Change can be ignored, resisted, responded to, capitalized upon, and created. But it can't be managed and made to march to some orderly step-by-step process.

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Change is Life

The faster the world changes around us, the further behind we fall by just standing still. If the rate of external change exceeds our rate of internal growth, just as the day follows night, we will surely be changed.

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Blazing Our Own Unique Leadership Path

Leaders are made not born. Developing our "gift" starts with a clear and constant focus on where we're going, what we believe in, and why we exist — but it also demands persistence

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Blazing Our Own Improvement Path

Continuous personal improvement means we often outgrow our own standards and what we previously thought was acceptable. Continuous learning, growing, and developing helps us find the path that is personal and unique to us.

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Always on the Grow

If we continue to do what we've always been doing, we will continue to get what we've always been getting. To get somewhere else, we need to grow into someone else.

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Leading in Turbulent Times Audio CD

Leading in Turbulent Times Audio CD

Strategic change is an inevitable fact of business life. How we choose to respond to it — as leaders or as followers — determines our personal and professional success. This Audio CD captures the essential elements of developing the leader within all of us. Developing these leadership competencies will help you and your organization continue to drive toward success and ‘grow at the speed of change’.

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Growing the Distance: Personal Implementation Guide

Growing the Distance: Personal Implementation Guide

The Personal Implementation Guide builds upon Growing the Distance and moves from inspiration to application. In this very practical handbook, Jim condenses and shares over twenty-five years of experience helping thousands of people apply the timeless leadership principles and practices.

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Growing the Distance: Timeless Principles for Personal, Career, and Family Success

Growing the Distance: Timeless Principles for Personal, Career, and Family Success

There are countless personal and leadership development books full of jargon, fads, and buzzwords flooding the market. A bestseller, this is a book of “profound simplicity” that cuts to the essence, while being easy and fun to read. Although highly applicable to readers of Jim’s previous bestselling books with roles and titles like manager, supervisor, or executive, Growing the Distance is written for a much broader audience.

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Don’t be Fooled into Focusing on Weaknesses

April 1 as April Fool’s Day or All Fools’ Day can be traced back to the Roman festival of Hilaria and the Medieval Feast of Fools or the Feast of the Ass dating from the fifth century in various European countries. In 1392, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales is set in on March 32 or April Fool’s […]

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White Paper Now Available: Can Strengths Be Taken Too Far?

In “Can Every Strength Become a Weakness?” I reported on the lively LinkedIn Strengths-Based Leadership Development discussion group on “How do you help leaders let go of focusing on their weaknesses?” Part of the discussion focused on the mistaken belief that strengths can be overdone and become weaknesses. If you’d like to follow this discussion […]

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Can Every Strength Become a Weakness?

Eons ago Archimedes said, “Give me a lever long enough, and fulcrum strong enough, and single-handed I can move the world.” Leveraging strengths have proven to be a powerful way for leaders to boost their effectiveness. A few months ago my blog on “Letting go of Weaknesses is Really Hard” responded to commonly held beliefs […]

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