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New Years Goals

It is that time of year where people are making resolutions and setting goals for the New Year. A couple of years ago I wrote about the difference between incremental and transformational goals. I want to revisit that theme as I didn’t have any good strategies for how to approach these goals at the time. By recognizing these goals as

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Juggling Tasks

Sarah was like a lot of other high-performing leaders. She had a lot of balls in the air and she struggled to not drop any. Like a lot of high-performers, she tied her sense of accomplishment and value to doing it all. As she took on more responsibility, this became harder and harder. Juggling many tasks is a lot like

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Fan, Funnel, or Umbrella

There is a saying that in organizations, shit flows downstream. This is the inevitable truth that there are unexpected, disruptive, and unpleasant things to deal with in an organization. How a leader handles these cases can determine whether they help move the team forward. Fan There is another saying: the shit has hit the fan. It is an image that

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Evolving to walk upright

Evolution Instead of Resolutions

We are two months into the new year, and you know what that means. 80% of us have given up on our New Year’s resolutions. January started with a strong desire to make changes and that this year would be different. And for a few days, it went great, but as the days passed, our drive disappeared, and we gave

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A manager giving advice

When to Give Advice As a Manager

When an employee asks us to give advice, it feels good. We jump to answer them and share our knowledge almost without thinking about it. People will often at least pretend that what we said is useful, and that feeds our egos even more. And the cycle of advice-giving continues. Unfortunately, our advice is often not that good. Many times

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