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Do Character and Competence Still Matter?

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Do Character and Competence Still Matter?

It has been over a week 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...

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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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Lessons From a Healthcare Leader

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Lessons From a Healthcare Leader

I recently went one on one with Brian Paradis, former president of Florida Hospital’s Central Region, a $4 billion enterprise with over 25,000 employees and 2,500 physicians. Under Brian’s leadership, Florida Hospital became the #1 ranked hospital in Florida by U.S. News & World Report for three years. Brian is a senior partner with CSuite Solutions, a national strategic advisory firm led by former healthcare industry CEOs focused on the transition and practical strategies to move the healthcare industry from “volume to value.”

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Want Your Organization to Perform Better? Here's How...

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Want Your Organization to Perform Better? Here's How...

Paul J. Zak from his research, shared in a recent HBR article, “I’ve found that building a culture of trust is what makes a meaningful difference. Employees in high-trust organizations are more productive, have more energy at work, collaborate better with their colleagues, and stay with their employers longer than people working in low-trust companies. They also suffer less chronic stress and are happier with their lives, and these factors fuel stronger performance.” So, there you have it. It’s simple. In fact, I think many of us suspected as much. A recent global CEO survey by PwC found that 55%...

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