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Three Questions to Help You Succeed at Your New Job You May Not Know You Have

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Three Questions to Help You Succeed at Your New Job You May Not Know You Have

Are you in a new job and don’t know it? (This is no April Fool’s joke.) When the pandemic disrupted almost everything that we considered “normal” we all got new jobs. Some of us have new jobs in the same company, some trying to navigate a new economy, and still others are reinventing their small businesses. Whatever your personal version of the story is – you have a new job. New jobs require new thinking and new questions. The three I’ve found most helpful are: 1. What do I need to stop doing? It’s a painful question to answer and may...

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Do Character and Competence Still Matter?

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Do Character and Competence Still Matter?

It has been a little while since a group of citizens stormed our Capitol Building. In the aftermath, I have wondered if leadership has come down to the loudest and simplest sound bite. I have asked myself if the character and competence of leaders still matters. I believe the answer is yes. In fact, I think it matters now, more than ever, and the evidence goes way back. Perhaps to around 400 BC, when Cyrus brought an army more than a thousand miles, from Greece to Persia, in an effort to usurp his brother, Artaxerxes II. During the battle between brothers,...

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Answering Yes to These 5 Questions Means Your Leadership Skills Are Better Than You Think

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Answering Yes to These 5 Questions Means Your Leadership Skills Are Better Than You Think

Five simple questions to evaluate where you stand as a leader.

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One Leadership Secret that is Truly Laughable

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One Leadership Secret that is Truly Laughable

My daughter was not a fan of hiking, growing up. She’d get halfway to the halfway point and start complaining. I would try to motivate her with a question, “How do you climb a mountain?” When she would avoid answering, I would offer an answer, “One step at a time!” It didn’t lessen the whining, and the scenario repeated itself, often. Grown now, I recently shared with her how overwhelmed I felt reviewing my to-do list. With a wry smile, she fed my words back to me, “How do you climb a mountain, Dad? One step at a time!” Jimmy...

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Presidents, Politics and the Potential of Humor

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Presidents, Politics and the Potential of Humor

This election was significant; for the first time, I voted with my two youngest daughters. As they received their ballots, the volunteers led a cheer and a clap. I felt a rising emotion, a sense of pride in my daughters, my community, and my country. When they exited the building with their “I Voted” stickers I knew our democracy would continue regardless of the outcome of this presidential election. Driving home amidst the vibrant colors of fall, bathed in the warm evening sun, I could not help thinking about what lessons I could learn from these most visible of leaders, our presidents....

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