The Leadership Playbook: Five Cool Things Leaders Do

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Find and fund cool projects: Leaders get to find cool projects. When leaders are open to listening to the people inside their organization (often deep, deep inside their organization), they can often find ideas that allow them to create something new, something better, or … [Read more...]

Leaders Treat the Disease

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A leader looks past the symptoms to the root causes of the disease. A leader looks past the presenting problem to find the source of the problem. Treating the symptoms doesn’t cure the disease. Eliminating the presenting problem doesn’t address the source of the problem. Treating … [Read more...]

The Leadership Playbook: Leadership Lessons and Uber

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I love Uber. I never use anything else if they operate in a city I visit. If they aren’t operating in a city I visit, like Orlando, I am unhappy that I have to find other sources of transportation. I am a fan, and as of today, I still use the service. But it’s getting … [Read more...]

The Leadership Playbook: Chart Your Own Course

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When Walter Isaacson released his biography of Steve Jobs, there were countless articles written about what you can learn about leadership from Steve Jobs. There isn’t a day that goes by that the Internet isn’t flooded with suggestions about how you can lead more like Richard … [Read more...]

The Leadership Playbook: Four Questions for Leaders About Results

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Where do you spend your time? How do you ensure you are investing your energy in the right places? Here are four questions and some thoughts about what leaders do to produce results. How much energy are you investing in your greatest opportunities? It’s easy to get caught … [Read more...]

The Leadership Playbook: Practice Compassion

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Great leaders are compassionate. I know a great leader who had an employee in trouble. It was rather serious financial trouble, and it jeopardized her family. She wasn’t a top performer. She wasn’t anyone’s favorite. But she was one of his people, and he did what was necessary … [Read more...]

The Leadership Playbook: Leadership Takes Courage

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Leadership takes courage. The Courage To Say No: A leader needs to the courage to say no. You will have a lot of people from different quarters who want to do things that they believe in. They are good people with good intentions. But some of what they want won’t be the right … [Read more...]

The Leadership Playbook: Too Direct or Too Empathetic

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Leaders need to make effective choices about their approach when they interact with the people they lead. The measure of a leader is taken by how well the leader can match the approach to the situation. Too Self-Directed Some leaders believe that they need to be very … [Read more...]

The Leadership Playbook: Execute Before Change

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New leaders often believe that they need to immediately make change. Some believe that the faster they change things the better their results. Other leaders believe the more they change things the better. Sometimes change is necessary, and sometimes fast change is what's needed. … [Read more...]

The Leadership Playbook: Leaders Build Leaders

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It’s easy to see a leader’s legacy. That legacy is the leaders that she has built while she had the responsibility to lead. You can’t be a leader if no one is following you. But the measure of your success as a leader isn’t the raw number of people you lead. Success isn’t … [Read more...]