You Won’t be an Effective Leader if You are Too Busy Trying to Be Someone Else

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My friend, a high-level manager at a financial services firm, confided he felt as if he were leading a double-life. Not in a sordid, creepy way, involving drugs or scandal or Liza Minnelli cabaret impersonations by night. Rather, he complained that his “work” persona and his “home” persona had grown distinctly separate over the years, and it made him [Read More...]

Five Things to Stop Doing in 2015

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Strategy consultant Dorie Clark wrote an intriguing post a couple years ago at Harvard Business Review blogs presenting somewhat of an anti-outlook for New Year’s goal-setting. Instead of promoting typical professional stretch-goal tips, she made suggestions for things to stop doing, in order to become more focused and productive. Her red lighted list of things to stop doing included such helpful recommendations [Read More...]

It’s Okay to Feel Stupid Sometimes

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Have you ever been in a meeting, minding your own business, maybe thinking about what  you might want to have for dinner that night, when suddenly you realize all eyes have turned on you looking for an opinion? Except that you have no idea what they were just talking about? It’s not that you weren’t paying attention. [Read More...]

The Secret Art of Reinventing Yourself

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Eighth grade is typically a harsh year for pre-teens, and mine was no exception. I was not the most athletically coordinated boy, which placed me firmly at the lowest ranking of the middle school echelon. Add to that my greasy hair, braces, and over-sized, thick-lens eyeglasses, and you start to get a very sorry picture. Thankfully, [Read More...]

Are You Going to Stay Stuck, or Are You Going to Fight?

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Every great story, every hero, every inspiring moment is born out of adversity and perseverance. Conflict and battles are the stuff of myth and legend, and we love these stories because we can relate. Our personal and work lives are filled with mini-versions: Pushing through. Overcoming obstacles. Fighting. I am not necessarily talking about fighting in [Read More...]

Don’t Expect God to do Your Grunt Work

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I was privy to a conversation involving a mentor and his coaching subject, a mid-level manager. They had been discussing the manager’s future – moving up the ladder, making the next career move, and the like. When asked about his plan of attack for pursuing the opportunities before him, the manager, an earnest and devout Christian, [Read More...]


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