Tag Archives: Leadership Development

Dealing With Entitlement

Dealing With Entitlement

Posted on 26. Sep, 2013 by .

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Tweet An attitude of entitlement is the poison ivy of team cultures. It looks innocuous enough and nothing much happens when you first come in contact with it, but later its poison burns you and spreads until you’re itching and can think of nothing else. I travel fairly regularly and my kids started to get […]

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What’s Your Exchange Rate?

What’s Your Exchange Rate?

Posted on 21. Jan, 2013 by .

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Tweet I believe every relationship has a different exchange rate. When I travel I sometimes need to exchange my dollars for another currency. When I have a strong exchange rate the purchasing power of my money can be much greater than it would be at home, but when my exchange rate is weak I can […]

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The Extra Mile

The Extra Mile

Posted on 11. Jun, 2012 by .

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Tweet In ancient Rome a centurion could command those who were not Roman citizens to carry their equipment for a mile. Generally the conquered citizens resented the forced labour, but first century Christians began a tradition of “going the extra mile”. Not only would they do what they were required by law to do… but […]

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You’ve Changed!

Posted on 14. Dec, 2011 by .

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Tweet It’s said like an insult… “You’ve changed!” Perhaps you were in a conversation with a lifelong friend or a family member. Something you did or said wasn’t quite what you always used to do or say. And then out it comes, with a hint of disgust… “You’ve changed!” Here’s the problem: if you want […]

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Work Horses And Show Ponies

Posted on 03. Oct, 2011 by .

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Tweet 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 […]

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Affirmation Addicts

Affirmation Addicts

Posted on 25. Aug, 2011 by .

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Tweet 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 […]

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Three Potent Words

Three Potent Words

Posted on 02. Aug, 2011 by .

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Tweet 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 […]

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