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  • Why Management Teams Become Stale

    Why Management Teams Become Stale

    Do management teams actually become stale? Absolutely. High-performance is fragile. There’s a few reasons why teams sometimes lose their lustre.  The first is personalities. If you’re hiring really good people, you’ll have a bunch of rugged individualists, and there will be disagreements. When people are consumed by a drive for excellence, it can be tricky […]

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  • The Risks and Ramifications Of Office Romances

    The Risks Of Office Romances

    How do you, as a leader, set appropriate boundaries in your work relationships? How do you strike the balance between establishing trust-based, caring relationships with your people, and maintaining professional distance?  Call me overly-cautious, but I’ve come to the view over the years that leaders simply should not have romantic relationships in the workplace.  I […]

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  • Mastering Your Mindset

    Mastering Your Mindset

    As a leader, if you don’t want your business to suffer the impact of poor decisions that are driven by fear, it’s useful to be able to recognize the triggers that indicate you’re in a fear response state. If you can sense, and then short-circuit your physiological reactions as they arise, you’ll be in a […]

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  • Unmasking Reluctant Leaders

    Unmasking Reluctant Leaders

    Some people really don’t want to lead. But they don’t necessarily know that they don’t want to lead. How do you identify them? Well, they’ll tell you somehow, if you’re paying attention.  The most obvious sign is the constant bargaining. You’ll see them going through it every day. Should I do this? Can I justify […]

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  • How to be more promotable

    How To Be More Promotable

    There are a few key things you need to do in order to maximize your promotability. The first is to know the difference between being a workhorse and being a trusted advisor.  Everyone loves a workhorse, but workhorses generally aren’t at the front of the line for promotion. They’re mired in the detail of the […]

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  • Why Performance Trumps Tenure

    Why Performance Trumps Tenure

    In a hot job market, you can’t retain every one of your people, which is why it’s important to think about who you really need to keep and why: and it’s important to be deliberate in your approach. First, think about the people who are exceptional individuals. Now, be careful here: exceptional means they produce […]

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  • Changing a culture is not for the faint-hearted

    Changing a Culture is Not for the Faint-Hearted

    I used to say that, with any team, nothing happens unless a leader makes it happen. But, to be more accurate, I now say that nothing different happens unless a leader makes it happen! A leader… that’s you, right!? To make any serious change requires a change of culture—the way we do things around here—and […]

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  • When to part ways with a poor performer

    When To Part Ways With a Poor Performer

    How do you know when the right time is to let someone go? It’s a significant decision that you shouldn’t make lightly, because you know it’s going to have a major impact on their life? The time to make the decision is… as soon as you know. We all know the inevitable answer long before […]

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  • The 5 Hidden Enemies of High Performance

    The 5 Hidden Enemies of High Performance

    A low accountability culture doesn’t happen overnight. But as it evolves, the barriers to performance inevitably grow. Weak accountability permeates the culture, and leaders resign themselves to the fact that gaps and overlaps are inevitable. Then, they rationalize that strong single point accountabilities aren’t necessary, or that they’re subordinate to some notional concept of better […]

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  • Don't Believe Your Own Bullsh!t

    Don’t Believe Your Own Bullsh!t

    As humans, our power of rationalization is nothing sort of masterful. Whenever we avoid something we don’t want to do, we convince ourselves subconsciously that it didn’t really need to be done in the first place! And when we look at the results we achieve at work, it’s incredibly easy to believe our own bullsh!t. […]

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