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How Leaders Can Enjoy the Ride

How Leaders Can Enjoy the Ride

Enjoy the ride, but be ready to correct when needed. I spent time with Sage Executive Coaches the other day. They do a lot of their leadership work on the back of a horse. On my ride I re-learned one very important leadership lesson: Enjoy the ride, but be ready to...

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Diversity and Style = Value

Diversity and Style = Value

Diversity helps your team achieve outstanding successTaking On a Complex Topic The question that caused me to write this blog post came from a university student who asked, “How do you help a team work together effectively while respecting everyone’s individual style...

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Trust and Social Capital

Trust and Social Capital

Do others seek your counsel or advice on things that matter?When Others Seek You Out for Advice - You are Trusted and have Social Capital An important way to measure the level of trust others have in you is to assess your social capital. Social capital is a...

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Five Hacks to Make Virtual Meetings Awesome

Five Hacks to Make Virtual Meetings Awesome

Be engaging, interesting, effective, interactive, and outstanding.Every Leader Needs these Hacks Yikes, we find ourselves in a virtual world almost overnight. Well, some of us that is. For others, we’ve been toying around with the mechanics of virtual team experiences...

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What Makes a Leader Memorable?

What Makes a Leader Memorable?

They believe in you. They care about your success.Memorable Leaders Have Common Attributes To answer the question, "What Makes a Leader Memorable?" think back in your own life to a leader you’ve had whom you loved – someone who made a huge impact in your life.  Maybe...

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Why Leaders Fail

Why Leaders Fail

There is really only one reason.It's Worth Learning About - Why Leaders Fail? This question came from a university student of mine who sincerely wanted to know because he didn’t want to make those same mistakes – he didn’t want to fail. There is really only one...

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The Delicate Art of Leveraging a Mentor

The Delicate Art of Leveraging a Mentor

Growing your career is NOT a chance event.Growing Your Career Growing a career is not a chance event. If you are leaving your future career opportunities up to others, then you are making a mistake. You MUST take charge of your own career and chart your course. Part...

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Delegating Must be a Two-Way Street

Delegating Must be a Two-Way Street

Delegating seems to be a difficult skill to master.The Most Common Leadership Issue As a leadership consultant the most common leadership issue I hear about is delegation. It seems to be a difficult skill for many leaders to master. The skill I teach leaders is that...

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Building Social Capital with Peers

Building Social Capital with Peers

Do your peers ask for your input and perspective?The Importance of Working with Peers We start by watching this 3-minute management tip from Harvard Business Review by Lynda Gratton. Lynda Gratton is a London Business School professor and co-author of "The 100-Year...

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Three Strategies to Become a Good Leader

Three Strategies to Become a Good Leader

Leadership is all about relationships.A Relationship Approach that Includes You “Leadership is not a person or a position. It is a complex moral relationship between people, based on trust, obligation, commitment, emotion, and a shared vision of the good.” Joanne B....

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Are You a Trusted Leader?

Are You a Trusted Leader?

Find out with this short self-assessment.Self-Assess Yourself as a Trusted leader At Leaders247 we build micro-assessments that leaders can quickly use to self-assess and to engage their team on topics that are proven to accelerate organizational performance and...

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15-Minutes of Power

15-Minutes of Power

Personal Productivity is All About FocusHow to Get Your Most Important Work Done If you are like me it takes too long to get focused on the work that really matters, or almost as bad, once you do get started you are very easily side-tracked. For those of us who are...

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Your Leadership Time is Critical

Your Leadership Time is Critical

Introducing an Agile Prioritization Model that Works for Leaders Does this Feel Familiar? You wake up. You try to get the day started in a healthy way. Maybe that means drinking a glass of water, eating a good breakfast, spending some time meditating, or studying....

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When to Critique

When to Critique

For many years I coached my Grandson - Jackson in soccer. Unfortunately, I was not able to coach him this particular season. The other day I watched anxiously from the sideline while he played. He is a natural athlete and was having a great game. However, the coach...

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Positive Energizers

Positive Energizers

"Grandpa, it was a great day.” Marie Diane Hansen   One of the most powerful highlights on being positive came from my Granddaughter. She was so excited about her first day of school yesterday that she face timed me and said, “Grandpa, it was a great day.”...

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Keys to Creating Awesome Teams

Keys to Creating Awesome Teams

Creating awesome teams is an art and it requires that you care deeply about the big picture. In this excellent short video from Stanford's eCorner, Cyriac Roeding gives four foundational elements to creating a great team. <iframe...

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Ethics is the Heart of Leadership

Ethics is the Heart of Leadership

Ethics is the heart of leadership, which is the title of one of my favorite books on both leadership and ethics.[i] The author, Joanne Ciulla, unites ethics and leadership in one topic because each is a part of the other. First, Ciulla defines leadership...

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Chiune Sugihara – How Ethics Shapes Leadership

Chiune Sugihara – How Ethics Shapes Leadership

If you were the Japanese Consul in Lithuania during WWII and your government instructed you that you could not issue transit visas to Jews to leave Europe, what would you do? This is the story of Chiune Sugihara, and it illustrates the real-world ethical issues...

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Self-Healing Teams

Self-Healing Teams

Self-Healing Teams and Leading with Authentic Concern Great teams move fast, handle vagueness and uncertainty without getting ruffled, and instinctively produce high value business results. Members of those types of teams are happier, more engaged, and...

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Trust Ownership Model

Trust Ownership Model

Let’s start with the idea that the primary role of a leader is to create a culture. And, not just any culture but a culture where people love to be (rather than have to be). What are the characteristics is such a culture? And, on what should a leader focus...

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Making the Team

Making the Team

Many years ago I had a young athlete and her parents come to my office. The question on their mind was, “What does a player need to do to make the varsity team?” At that time I was the head varsity girls basketball coach for Dayton High School in Oregon. I...

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12 Keys to Building a Leadership University

12 Keys to Building a Leadership University

Build Leadership From Within 12 Key Points to Building an Internal Leadership University Companies hoping to retain millennial talent and build future leaders favor an internal leadership university concept. A client asked about the 'gotchas' involved in building a...

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Career Advice From a Successful CEO

Career Advice From a Successful CEO

I have a pretty cool job. I get to interview people with amazing careers, including CEOs and other top leaders from great companies. I’m pretty picky who I interview, so all of the experiences are amazing. In this post I share a nice simple tool one successful CEO used to chart his course to the top.

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Ethics Skeptics

Ethics Skeptics

ARE LEADERS ETHICAL? I teach an ethics and social responsibility course at a University. I poll my students on various topics. The other day I ran this simple poll on 40 students: "Most leaders I know are ethical." The majority of students gave a mixed response -...

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Return on Character in Practice

Return on Character in Practice

What happens when you bring a veteran leader into the classroom to teach students who are thirsty for knowledge of what it’s like in the “real-world?”

The answer – you get moments of extreme clarity of the importance of leading people.

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Brave, Strong, True – A Book for All Leaders

Brave, Strong, True – A Book for All Leaders

Leaders247.com highly encourages listeners to read this book. In fact, we feel this is one of those critical leadership books that teaches true and authentic principles that help us endure traumatic leadership crises. In particular, this book reveals how to survive...

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Integrity Just Isn’t For Sale

Integrity Just Isn’t For Sale

What is wrong with taking advantage of someone else’s misfortune? My answer comes in the form of a true story about an ordinary football coach from an obscure little town in Oregon. The late Dewey Sullivan coached at the same school for 42 years and won more games...

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Leadership Scorecard

Leadership Scorecard

Leaders of large organizations are frequently inundated with data. However, the best leaders keep it simple and focus on two things: The mission. Their people. Simplify your leadership life and drive progress faster by focusing...

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Will the Real Team Player Please Stand?

Will the Real Team Player Please Stand?

Does anyone other than me hate the idea of free-riding (getting equal credit for doing no work)? It seems to me that this probably happens all the time. Just think about this question: When was the last time you did most of the...

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Atomic Brainstorming

Atomic Brainstorming

In my new book on strategy I discuss the problems with brainstorming. But, if done right, working as a team to develop ideas can be powerful. I wanted to share how to do brainstorming the right way with a great example from...

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Strategy

Strategy

Strategy is over-taught and under-thought. Strategy itself is a rather simple concept....

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Innovation Leadership and Creativity

Innovation Leadership and Creativity

Keys to Frugal Innovation Leaders interested in innovation, creativity, and establishing a culture that can achieve great things must watch this Ted talk. I want to emphasize three important concepts from this talk: Use what's...

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Strategic Leaders Iterate

Strategic Leaders Iterate

Strategy and the Tricky Nature of Iteration A classic example of a strategy is the United States Pacific Theater military strategy in World War II. The strategy was Island Hopping to bypass heavily fortified positions and...

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Strategy and Leadership

Strategy and Leadership

The Importance of Strategy What is Strategy? Strategy is from the Greek stratēgia, which has to do with the art of troop leadership, the office of general, command and generalship. The art of generalship included several skills...

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How We Help Leaders

How We Help Leaders

Leaders 24x7 Promo from gordon on Vimeo. We are almost ready to launch our first courses. We plan on hosting the following topics: Dealing with mistakes Assessing your leadership without expensive tools The challenge of leading...

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Leaders Fix Mistakes

Leaders Fix Mistakes

Everyone Makes Mistakes It is important to recognize everyone makes mistakes. If you try to make your leadership experience one that is “perfect” and without “error” you will fail. Since making mistakes is a natural occurrence then we have to properly and quickly...

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Assessing Leadership

Assessing Leadership

4 Simple Ways to Assess Your Leadership Impact The good news is you don’t have to buy a tool, develop a survey, or hire a consultant. If a leader is really honest with him or herself, then this simple method will be accurate, informative, instructive, and inspire...

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Leading Followers

Leading Followers

Working with what you have Leadership is the art of executing goals and objectives through the efforts of others. However, we don’t often get the dream team. Washington encountered this phenomenon, and his advice is good for us today. The Continental Army lacked all...

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Leaders Teach

Leaders Teach

A Lesson from the Life of John Wooden Many years ago I read a book written by Andrew Hill and John Wooden entitled Be Quick But Don’t Hurry. Coach Wooden knew about building winning teams, nurturing talent, and creating lasting relationships. For those who don’t know...

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