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The Counterintuitive Key to Great Communication and Leadership

I was in a deep conversation the other day with an executive I am coaching, discussing communication behaviors, leadership styles, and what are the non-negotiable characteristics of great communication and leadership. And at the top of the list we were putting together was this… as often as possible, it pays big dividends to be able […]

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The Community of Creatures in My Backyard

Regular readers of this blog know that I am an avid gardener, a weekend activity that has taken on a more prominent role for me in recent years. Prior to my early 40s, I wanted nothing to do with gardening… it was too closely associated with “weeding,” a weekend assignment from my youth that left […]

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Business Game Theory, Straight from the Poker Table

Long time readers of this blog know that I am a regular (but not constant) amateur poker player. I have a regular game with a group of friends, and our low-stakes game will range from one table of 6-8 players, to occasionally multiple tables with 12-20 players. And once per year, on the first Saturday […]

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Communication Through Behavior

You can tell a lot about an organization by the way it behaves. The things that an organization says it cares about matter, of course. But what matters more is whether the organization’s actual behaviors match up with its communication. It is one thing to say “our customers come first.” But what matters more is whether, […]

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Is “Proactive” Always Better Than “Reactive”?

A few weeks ago, during a coaching conversation, a business leader made a comment to me about the blind spots within his team. He was highly frustrated by the way his team was making choices and decisions. He went on in great detail to explain all the ways they were being “reactive” to the market […]

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What Our Busyness Communicates

This post was written by Hannah Morris, Director of Assessment & Advancement at The Latimer Group.   At some point or another, we’ve all probably shared an exhausted statement of how busy we are. The reality is that when we are scheduled with meetings back-to-back throughout our workday or have an unending list of deliverables, it is hard […]

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4 Questions to Ask for Effective Problem Solving

In so many organizations, we see discussions around problem solving go wrong. To be an effective problem solving organization, there has to be a framework of questions that will lead towards full alignment on the issue. Once we have that alignment, then we can have a serious conversation around legitimate solutions. In a world where everyone […]

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Don’t Be a Static Leader

People are constantly evolving. As we grow, get older, and experience new things, the sum total of who we are is constantly changing. We are not the same people we were a year ago, two years ago, ten years ago. Because every experience, every relationship, every success, every failure, has an impact on the bottom […]

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Simple Advice: Bring Positivity, Every Day

Keeping your energy level up all the time is hard. We all get tired. We all get frustrated. We all get sick of our work/colleagues/friends/family/selves. And when we are sick of any of these things, and our energy level drops, so too our productivity suffers. One of the best quotes I have ever heard (well… […]

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The Difference Between Influence and Authority

There are two ways we can get people to do what we want or need them to do: because we have influence over them, or because we have authority over them. We can have influence without authority, and we can have authority without influence. Influence comes from respect, collaboration, and credibility. Authority comes from title and your […]

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