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One sign of leadership integrity

February 19, 2018 — Integrity in leadership is built on many important things. Character, values, ethics, honesty, and discernment, immediately come to mind. The list could go on. You can add to the list. If we are not careful, we can also let important things slip from the list.        The question might be posed, “how does our integrity become apparent to others,...

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Craftsmanship - A Leadership Virtue

December 2, 2017 —      Leaders are often particularly esteemed because they move quickly and decisively with little hesitation and rarely with a second thought. The principle held is that excessive tarrying is seen as a cost that stands in the way of value creation. Time, after all, is money.      The difficulty with this in today’s complex world is that discernment and...

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Two human traits that stifle teams

November 22, 2017 —   Teams, by definition, should be collaborative and efficient. The flow of ideas, the exchange of information, and the constructive feedback process (giving and receiving) are the hallmarks of effective teams. Leaders and team members alike set the tone for how well this interactive process works. Listening and being comfortable with silence in order to give others room to express...

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Leadership Reputation

June 16, 2017 —   For corporations and individuals within them, several things constitute the competitive edge. There is no question that the uniqueness or the discernable differentiating features of a company’s products will largely define a corporation's success. Several functions within an organization are integral in promoting a company’s products. Innovative marketing, advertising, and public relations are essential to success. An aggressive, knowledgeable...

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A Moment of Poor Judgement - A Leadership Lesson

April 12, 2017 —   Realize it. Plan for it. Learn from it.      That’s my advice when considering your judgment in both life matters and business matters. Business people these days are encouraged to make mistakes and learn from them. The reality of this lofty goal is something else, however. We may be encouraged to be risk-takers and make mistakes, but when...

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A Leadership Priority - For Whom do You Toil?

February 28, 2017 —        The thought goes something like this: day in and day out for thirty years, the office is a part-time home. In fact, in some instances it is more of a home than our real home, if one considers the total waking hours expended there. Often it’s not by choice but by necessity. Business has responsibilities, and the...

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Simplicity of Heart for the Leader

January 29, 2017 —   In "leadership cardiology", simplicity of the heart is astoundingly important. An essence of leadership is being able to articulate vision and mission with clarity and simplicity. This helps to make your followers undertake strategy with confidence and courage. It helps them to deliver results.        Simplicity is more than just a head thing - it is also a...

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The Business Leader as Shepherd

January 20, 2017 —   The way to business success involves how you treat your employees. Does this mean that you always let them call the shots? No. Does this mean that you let them make your decisions for you? No. Does it mean that you manage only by consensus? No!      A shepherd knows the balance between love, loyalty, risk, and discipline. A...

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Flying in Leadership Formation

January 9, 2017 —   Last week the focus of my blog was on leadership transformation. Over the last ten to fifteen years of my corporate career, I was taught a lot of things about management creativity. What I learned most was that I needed to embrace other ideas, listen to other points of view, and select the best ideas and approaches, especially if...

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Taking steps along the Footpath to Transformational Leadership

January 2, 2017 —   Just about every day, I am disciplined to take a walk. It is one of my favourite leadership pastimes. During walks I seek to set priorities, consider how I need to change and build my self-awareness, and how I can pray for other people. I usually have a distance objective in mind too - to cover about 4-5 kilometers...

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Why Professional Selling is such a Noble Task

December 19, 2016 —   People who help other people are expert at uncovering their needs, desires, and aspirations. When there is a strong match-up between expressed needs and an offered solution, product, or offering, a powerful transaction takes place. Professional selling is all about needs-satisfaction. The old stereotype of selling as coercion, strong-arming, or manipulation is very far from the noble skill of...

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