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...]

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: 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: 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...]

The Leadership Playbook: Leaders Deal With Constraints

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There is a reason most organizations don’t produce the results they are capable of producing. This same reason is why companies get stuck, stall, and sometimes even die. And it is the leader’s job to deal with this natural cause in order to move her organization forward, to fuel … [Read more...]

The Leadership Playbook: The Lifeboat Exercise

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You are in a lifeboat. You are sinking fast. You are surrounded by your ten biggest initiatives. They’re all important to your success, and they’re all heavy. To right the ship and save yourself, seven of your initiatives are going to have to be thrown overboard. But first, know … [Read more...]

The Leadership Playbook: Leaders Over-Communicate

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Once I was speaking at a conference when the CEO of the company leaned over and whispered in my ear. He said, “I am giving the same speech I’ve given the last two years. The stories are different. The examples are different, too. But it’s the same message.” The CEO wondered … [Read more...]

The Leadership Playbook: Leaders Don’t Have Off Days

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It’s funny that people criticize the President for taking vacations (Bush) or playing golf (Obama). Do you think the President of the United States is ever really “off?” His day still starts with CIA and NSA briefings and threat assessments of the three or four hundred things … [Read more...]