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Is Your Boss a Bully or Just a Really Poor Leader?

It’s been very frustrating to hear of the toxic workplace created by Canada’s ex-governor general, Julie Payette. Last month’s independent report details examples of “yelling, screaming, aggressive conduct, demeaning comments and public humiliations.” Forty-three of the staff members interviewed described the culture Payette created as “hostile or negative.” Twenty-six people called their workplace “toxic” or […]

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Are They Going to Believe You or Their Own Eyes?

As legend has it, Alexander the Great was leading his forces across a scorching terrain. For eleven days, they marched on. The soldiers were exhausted, and their throats parched. On the twelfth day, the advance guard brought Alexander a helmet containing a cup or two of all the water they could find. The troops watched […]

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Thoughts that Make You Go Hmmm on…Leadership Hypocrisy

A baker suspected that the farmer who was supplying his butter was giving him short weight. He carefully checked the weight, and his suspicions were confirmed. Highly indignant, he had the farmer arrested. At the trial the judge was satisfied and the baker chagrined at the farmer’s explanation. He (the farmer) had no scales so […]

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Bit by Innocent Bit, Are You Becoming a Sincere Hypocrite?

Most leaders don’t live by the motto: “do what I say, not what I do.” Their apparent hypocritical behavior is innocent and sincere. They simply don’t know that their actions are seen as out of step with their words. Not checking blind spots can lead to deadly highway accidents. Leaders who don’t seek feedback often […]

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Muting the Messenger: What Leaders Do Silences What Leaders Say

It’s incredibly frustrating for our family to follow the COVID isolation rules while many families we know don’t. What’s been especially infuriating is seeing so many political leaders returning from out of country vacations. Most are directly violating the non-essential travel rules/guidelines drafted by their own governments — for the rest of us little people. […]

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Trust Matters: It’s Critical in These Disruptive Times

Is your organization suffering from truth decay? Honesty, integrity, and trust are critical in chaotic times. We need everyone actively engaged in looking for innovative new ways to deal with unprecedented disruptions. In their study, Innovation by All, Great Place to Work concluded organizations with high-trust cultures involve and engage many more employees than most […]

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Steps to Strengthening Authentic Leadership

In their book, Learning to Lead, Warren Bennis and Joan Goldsmith write, “To be authentic is literally to be your own author (the words derive from the same Greek root), to discover your native energies and desires, and then find your own way of acting on them. When you have done that, you are not […]

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Book Review of “Joseph Campbell: A Fire in the Mind”

As I posted a few years ago in “At What Stage Are You in Your Hero’s Journey?” I drew from Joseph Campbell’s pioneering work on mythology in writing my only work of fiction, Moose on the Table: A Novel Approach to Communications @ Work. Campbell’s life work focused on exploring how religions, philosophies, arts and […]

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How to tell if your job is right for you and what to do if it's not.

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Working ON the team versus working in the team

Taking time to step back and work on the team and the organization instead of being overwhelmed by working within the team.

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You Can’t Build a Team or Organization Different from You

We can't build a team or organization that's different from us. Successful team or organization leadership begins with successful self-leadership. The first step in improving my team or organization is improving me.

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Wise Managers Treat Layoffs as Last Resort

Management can be tough, but leadership takes real courage. "Dumbsizing" sometimes provides short-term relief, while hurting companies in the long-term.

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Why Real Leaders Pump Gas

Appreciation of customer and employee perspectives and understanding process from the inside requires leaders to experience things hands-on.

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Values-Based Leadership Has Huge Pay-Offs

Teams and organizations with well-grounded, shared values that are alive and thriving, have much higher than average performance. These leaders, teams and organizations identify and live their core values.

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Two Keys to Adding Values

Designing statements, putting them into action and consistently showing what the organization stands for.

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The Moose-on-the-Table

The moose represents an issue that everyone knows is a problem but isn't being addressed. People are trying to carry on as if things are normal.

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Strong Leadership Builds on a Bedrock of Strong Values

Values provide a sense of common direction for all employees and guidelines for day-to-day behavior. Studies show the benefits of values-based leadership.

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Strong Leaders are the Real Deal

Strong leaders maintain a close connection between what they say and what they do. They don't try to make others into something that they are not themselves.

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Ringing True to Me

We are creating the reality our vision is focused upon. The context of our values and purpose are creating the life we believe in.

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Pathways and Pitfalls to Clarifying and Living Personal Values

Our values and priorities will change as we move through different stages of our lives. Discover the Clarifying and Living Personal Values approaches that can help you to avoid the pitfalls and pave your pathway to success.

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