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What is your North Star?

What is your North Star?

Organizations can be prone to misalignment and loss of focus toward what really matters. This happens when people - even with the best of intentions - concentrate on differing objectives. It is hard...

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Consequences at work

Consequences at work

When we think of the word "consequences" a number of negative emotions can be triggered - shame, pain, deprivation or other unfavorable feelings. So do consequences always have to have a gloomy...

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Learning while virtual

Learning while virtual

Kids do it. Grownups, too. Even when the pandemic is firmly in the rearview mirror, many people will continue to work and learn from home, either full-time or for part of the week. How does that...

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Letting failure go

Letting failure go

You've made an error, a project has failed or another problem has reared its ugly head again. Is your first impulse to learn from it and move on, or do you habitually perseverate over your missteps?...

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The one thing you can do

The one thing you can do

While Abby Wambach's book, WOLFPACK: How to Come Together, Unleash our Power and Change the Game. may seem to be a book on women's leadership, it is really a book for everyone and the choices we...

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Welcome back to the office

Welcome back to the office

Transitions are afoot, as many organizations implement plans to bring workers back to the office, now that many states and municipalities are reducing COVID-19 restrictions. Most organizations are...

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Do you rescue people?

Do you rescue people?

A leader (we'll call him Fred) recently lamented, "I feel like I set direction for people and give them deadlines, but they just don't get stuff done. So when the deadline is looming, I end up doing...

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Pull the plug

Pull the plug

Ever have a project you've invested time, money, sweat and heart in, only to realize (often well after you should) that it's not going to reap the right results? It can be difficult to pull the plug...

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Delegate to the busy

Delegate to the busy

"I can't delegate anything! We've had staff cuts, and everyone is too busy already." That's a pretty frequent comment made by leaders. Is there no other option but doing it yourself? Actually,...

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Make meetings matter

Make meetings matter

One key reason to have a meeting is to make a decision. And often this does not go well. You've been in a meeting like this. A group of smart people come together to discuss important topics, but...

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