Armchair Critics

Posted on 30. Nov, 2011 by .

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Through the years of leading people experience has taught me that there will always be armchair critics, the only question is how I will respond to them. While I welcome constructive feedback and critical thinking from those who share my values, I have no time at all for the armchair critic. Armchair critics are the […]

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The Most Crowded Marketplace Of All

Posted on 27. Oct, 2011 by .

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I have always pursued the ideal that if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing well. As I’ve worked with leaders around the world, I have discovered that mindset is not only a more satisfying way to live but it’s also a hallmark of those who rise above their competition. The most crowded marketplace of […]

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Work Horses And Show Ponies

Posted on 03. Oct, 2011 by .

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I’ve come to realize that being gifted and being productive aren’t always the same thing. Every leader makes a largely unconscious choice to encourage either show ponies or work horses in their leadership stable. Show ponies remind me of those team members that are gifted to the eyeballs, look the part and parade around to […]

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Affirmation Addicts

Affirmation Addicts

Posted on 25. Aug, 2011 by .

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Over breakfast recently I was discussing the journey of leadership with a new friend when he described himself as a “Recovering Affirmation Addict”. Just quietly, so am I. Reflecting on my own past as a world-class people pleaser, it was clear to both of us that we had not become truly effective as leaders until […]

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Three Potent Words

Three Potent Words

Posted on 02. Aug, 2011 by .

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Three words in Rudy Giuliani’s book titled “Leadership” had a lasting impact on my life. In it he explained the essence of his philosophy on leadership as he reflected on leading New York City as its Mayor through both triumph and tragedy, including the attacks on the World Trade Center. On his desk throughout his […]

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The Inner Circle Test

The Inner Circle Test

Posted on 19. May, 2011 by .

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Real leaders surround themselves with people who challenge them, not people who worship them. You can tell a lot about a leader by the sort of people they surround themselves with. Often the conversations on this subject focus on the calibre of those you have in your inner circle, and I agree with that to […]

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Everyone Leading

Everyone Leading

Posted on 22. Apr, 2011 by .

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Truly great teams are places where everyone leads. While most organisations are content to build leadership structures, the best companies instead build leadership cultures. Leadership is more than a title, a job description, a corner office or place on the org chart. Leadership is as much about how we carry ourselves, and how we carry […]

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