Why Yelling at People is Not the Best Motivational Strategy

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I once hired a gentleman – let’s call him Aaron – on a contract basis to work with a small office team implementing a new accounting software program. Aaron was a partner in charge at a small but respectable local accounting firm, and as the expert consultant, he was to work closely with Barbara, the [Read More...]

Why Guilt-Ridden People Make Better Leaders

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The head of security, Fred, poked his head into my office the other day and asked if I was busy. “Uh…well, I’m going to lunch,” I said. It was 12:15, and my stomach was growling. Fred doesn’t usually show up around here in the executive suite, so it seemed a little suspicious. But, whatever. Maybe he [Read More...]

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...]

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...]

Six Ways to Take Your Micro-Sabbatical

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My pastor recently took a three-month sabbatical. I imagined him sleeping in until ten every morning, followed by extensive periods of crossword puzzles and personal grooming. But he assured me that his time off was really more professional in nature: he studied up on the Emergent Church and did a biblical tour of Turkey. Am [Read More...]

The Next Big Breakthrough Business Idea: Be Nice!

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A colleague was telling me about an epic deal he was working on, involving dozens of high-powered lawyers and bankers. “It was incredibly intense,” he said. “We had a huge conference area set up like a war room, with each party’s representatives lined up on either side of the table. For five days, we worked [Read More...]


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