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Using the Tools Beyond the First 100 Days: Developing People and the Famous Silicon Valley Thought Experiment first 100 days / career leadership: developing others/building teams

The tools in my First 100 Days program are not one-offs to try to impress people and get them to like you.  They were/are management best practices that can be used anytime.  

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Managing the ‘Institutional No’: Can the Monty Hall and Wild Problems Perspectives Help? leadership: creating the strategic context leadership: delivering operational outcomes

The purpose of this article is to provide some ways of thinking about a common organizational challenge:  do you stay focused on existing priorities, or do you pursue a promising new idea when...

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It vs. You: A Field Experiment leadership: developing others/building teams

How many times have you heard this: "kids, don't try this at home?"

But here's one you might want to try.  Zero cost and an ROI that might surprise you.

I got the idea from my son.  On...

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Delegation: Through the Looking Glass leadership: developing others/building teams

Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There is Lewis Carroll's sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.  

In the story, she imagined there was a Looking Glass...

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Emotional Roadwork leadership: managing yourself

Roadwork has long been a conditioning strategy used by boxers to fuel recovery and build an aerobic base onto which more interval and high intensity work could be layered.  Despite the...

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It's Still a Tiger leadership: managing yourself

Most are familiar with the tragic story of the devastating onstage attack by a tiger during a Siegfried & Roy show at the Mirage in Las Vegas.  The attack left Roy crippled for the rest...

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How Leaders Fumble at the Goal Line with Performance and Career Discussions leadership: developing others/building teams

Leaders are starting to place more emphasis on performance and career conversations with their teams.  The motivations vary... investing in talent, charging up the environment with a...

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Are You Making the People Around You Better? leadership: developing others/building teams

Men's and Women's hockey has a player statistic that no other sport has. It is called the Plus/Minus score: If you are on the ice when your team scores, you get a +1. If you are on the ice when the...

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Building High Performing Teams: Incentives, Psychological Safety, More Rookie Mistakes, and the Disease of Me leadership: developing others/building teams

This post will touch on a few slightly disconnected elements of building high performing teams: Why Teamwork Isn't More Important in Business, Psychological Safety, Rookie Mistakes, and The...

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Presenting to an Egomaniac? Get Your Head Right First leadership: managing yourself

You are dreading an upcoming presentation to senior leaders, or the C-Staff, or the Board. You are dreading it because at least one person has a rep as a egomaniac. Sotto voce: you might...

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Authentic Leadership and the Nose-of-the-Camel leadership: managing yourself

One night long ago, a camel was freezing in the cold desert. He asked his master if he could just put his nose inside the tent for a bit of warmth. The master thought there would be no harm in that...

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"The Facilitator" is Not HR. It's Not Even a Single Person. It's a Role. culture leadership: managing yourself the "me" in meetings

Meetings are often more effective when there is a skilled facilitator present to keep things on track, holdup the mirror, create a safe space, etc.

Unfortunately, few meetings have one.

Many have a...

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