Imperfect leadership is better than no leadership

What exactly is perfection, and how would you know you have it? In leadership, is perfection possible? Perfectionism is a common saboteur many of us have. The perfectionist is that voice in your head telling you something is not good enough. Perfectionism is expensive...

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Dealing with anxiety so you’re not anxious

Do you ever get a sinking feeling in your gut? What about butterflies or some other unpleasant feeling that leaves you wanting to escape a problem? “Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain...

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Are you a planning expert?

Are you a good planner? Are you able to put together a plan which leaves you thinking "what a masterpiece!" Malcolm Gladwell has said it takes 10,000 hours to reach an expert level at something. As a Project Manager, I spent almost 15 years creating and updating...

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Knowledge and Wisdom

I once worked for a leader who loved to read. It seemed every Monday he arrived at work with the next big thing he learned. Far be it, for me to complain about people who read. The problem was that he talked about each new idea as if he had a lot of experience. He...

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How deep do your conversations run

I have been doing a lot of work in the area of helping people connect. I’ve become fascinated with how deep conversations can run if you let them. I was doing some work with a team who told me they felt like they were going in circles. There wasn’t anything unusual...

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Are you the bottleneck?

As a corporate leader, I used to wear my busyness as a badge of honour. I told myself I was successful because the team seemed to depend on me. I was, in fact, a bottleneck to the team’s ability to succeed. I’ve seen many well-intentioned leaders do the same and it...

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How often do you ask for help?

It seems in many corporate environments leaders don’t like to ask for help. I know, because I used to be that leader. When leaders don't ask for help, often it is because these leaders are trying to look strong. It’s as if showing any weakness might result in bad...

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Lead with emotions

"OH: You need to stop asking how people feel. How people feel is irrelevant. A business is no place for emotion. Whether people feel good or bad, the only thing which matters is enforcing productivity." -- (copied from Twitter) When emotions show up, it’s a sign of...

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Failure just sucks … but …

When was the last time you failed at something? I fail at something almost daily. Sometimes my failures are big and obvious, while other times they amount to a small oops. There is plenty of leaders talking about failure. One of the more common failure leadership...

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What is commitment

Commitment is by definition “the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.” I committed to the love of my life 11,164 days ago. It has been 53 days since I committed to posting every weekday. I set intentions and make commitments every day of my...

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