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The Epidemic of Niceness

Is there such a thing as being too nice? I once coached five members of an executive team in an online retail business. The CEO complained of “communication issues” and some people not pulling their weight. Three of the members were co-founders of the company and long-time friends. To sit in a room with them,…

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Own It – Your Business Responsibility as a Reflection of You – Part One - Clear and Open

Why Management Is So Hard—And What To Do About It

What do leaders and lottery winners have in common? Hint: it’s not luck. We’ll get there, I promise, but first, a more relevant question: Why is management so difficult?  If you understand the answer to this question, you can become a great leader. If you don’t, you can only become less bad. Management is like…

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You Can Get Out When You Puke — Achieving Greatness — Part Four

Accountability: A Cautionary Tale That Can Happen to You

Jim was raw, I could tell. He spoke with hesitation, as if he might cry if he wasn’t careful. Something big was up. He had my full attention. “You know I’ve been a rebel for a long time,” he said, “You used to coach me about it. It’s changed a little, but apparently not enough.”…

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Leadership Means Embracing Discomfort No One Else Will - Clear and Open

Why Performance Reviews Don’t Work and What to Do About it

Mary, a manager in a manufacturing company, recently told me about a very stressful performance review she conducted. She gave her employee, John, some challenging feedback about how poorly he did his job. John was aghast. Not only did he think he was doing well, but he had been expecting a raise. He left the…

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Is Your Unconscious Need for Control Getting in Your Way?

Control is overrated. Your unconscious need for it could be holding you back.  Nate was a CEO and partner in a manufacturing startup who contacted me to help him improve his management team’s communication and help them become more efficient. Poor communication and inefficiency were symptoms, but they weren’t the real problems. The eight-person management team…

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How Much Do You Care? - A Lesson in Excellence - Clear and Open

The Hunger for Personal Growth

The business is a reflection of you. Your life is the sum of your choices. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Change and personal growth begins within. Be the change you want to see in the world. When you point a finger, there are three others pointing…

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An Open Letter to Millennials

Dear Millennials, You’re amazing. You shine with a light humanity has not seen before. Your energy is boundless, your passion inspiring, and your sense of freedom and possibility may very well be what saves humanity from its own shadow.  But you’ve got a shadow, too, and I’m concerned. I’ve coached many of you and seen…

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