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Five Characteristics of a Great Leader


No doubt you've heard the phase, "He (or she) is a natural-born leader." But the truth is that leaders are created, not born. Although one might be born with leadership qualities, those attributes must be developed in order to become a truly effective leader.

The Tim Tebow Controversy-It's About Culture, Stupid


Everyone seems to have an opinion on Urban Meyer's decision to sign Tim Tebow to the roster of the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars. The all-knowing Charles Barkley pontificated that Tebow failed as a quarterback in the NFL and as a Minor League Baseball player-so Sir Charles encourages Tebow to not embarrass himself and just hang it up. A cadre of ESPN commentators have taken their shots at Tebow and Meyer. Stephen A. Smith on "The First Take" show has called the signing racist and white privilege.

5 Steps on How to Set and Achieve Your Goals


Which one is a goal? I will lose 15 pounds. I want to run a marathon. Quit smoking. All of the above. None of the above. The correct answer is (5) - none of the above. The first three are wishes, not goals.

7 AAA Ways To Succeed!


[Abounding Abundant Ample Ways To Boost Your Growth!] This may come as a surprise but there are reliable,effective and powerful ways to improve your ability to learnnew things. If you will allow me to use leadership skills training asour example, you will see how poor learning forces us tosuffer through any one or more of the following problems:

Abraham Lincoln Is Still Alive


Abraham Lincoln Is Still Alive President Jimmy Carter tells in his memoirs that a trip to Gettysburg and a discussion about Abraham Lincoln helped achieve a breakthrough in the Camp David negotiations. The Israelis and the Egyptians had reached a deadlock.

Is Your Life Ready For Groundhog Day?


In the hit comedic movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray's character, Phil Conners, is caught up in a time warp, doomed to live the same day over and over until he gets it right. Hilarious as the ensuing mayhem may be on the big screen, it is a poignant and not too thinly veiled metaphor for how most of us live our own lives - mindlessly occupied with our own issues and concerns, stumbling through life (often over the toes of others) with little if any conscious direction or critical thought.

Helping Others Develop Their Potential


Most of us find ourselves in a position to help others achieve more of their potential than we realize. Sure, as leaders, supervisors, and parents we can see ourselves in that position; but the fact is that all of us are uniquely qualified to help at least one other person in our lives reach their potential.

Unleash It!


On airplanes, in restaurants, in the newspaper and on television, I often hear people saying their businesses are not growing to their satisfaction or that they are not reaching their objectives.  The explanations that follow consist of reasons like: It's the economy. Our customers don't get it. I don't have the right people on the team I could go on, and so could you.

The Metamorphosis of the Successful Executive . . . Overcoming Professional Stagnation


You're a bright, successful business executive making good money and managing a capable staff of accomplished professionals. You are successful beyond your wildest business school dreams.

Ten Steps To Effective Leadership


Many people end up in a supervisory position or SOHO ownership almost by default. In today's workplace, if someone stays on their job long enough, they will probably be promoted as others, more senior to them or higher up the chain of responsibility, leave for other opportunities.

Professional Organizations: Join or Fold?


All of us join professional organizations for a reason--a friend belongs, we need to for credibility, etc. Many times we let years slide by and we don't stop and review those reasons.

Rationalize Success Away


I was invited to do a Leadership workshop at a well known Fortune 100 company out in New Jersey. The all day event was geared toward their new crop of interns.

Why the Squirrel Kept Winning!


I had the good fortune (or misfortune depending on your climate perspective) of living in Minnesota for ten years. The Summers were beautiful, Fall was spectacular with the changing colors of the leaves on trees and winter was,?well, damn cold.

The Death of Potential


While reading my latest book on politics and economics, I came across a reference to a bible story called "Parable of the Talents'. In this story three servants are each give 'talents' (a monetary denomination used by the Greeks).

Reinventing Failure: Designing Success


I am fascinated by problems. I like to think of myself as a solution oriented individual.

Top 25 Leadership Quotations


Ponder what it takes to be a true leader with these practical quotes that will lead you to a more precise understanding of the secrets to successful leadership..

Leadership Skills - 10 Ways to Beef Up


10 Ways to Beef Up Your Leadership SkillsHave you ever heard someone say, "Actually, I have to admit that I think I am really bad at managing other people. My staff all hate me and I'm incapable of doing my job".


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