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Energy management: balance vs. focus

Energy management: balance vs. focus

As I coach leaders throughout the country and across vast industry verticals, the one word I often hear to describe how they are doing is “busy.” “I’m so busy with this,” and “I’m so busy with that,” followed by the self-induced confidence boost, “…but it’s all good...

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Disciplined habits revisited: email triage & time batching

Disciplined habits revisited: email triage & time batching

Do you dread checking your email inbox on Monday morning? Do you experience anxiety watching email after email come in and wonder how you’ll find the time to read and respond to each? How do you navigate the myriad of to-do lists, tasks, and emails with the time you...

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“That’s leadership, man.”

“That’s leadership, man.”

As our Director of Leadership Development, Tyler Palko, celebrates his six-year anniversary as part of the Solutions 21 team, this past week – Wednesday, November 13th to be exact – included an additional anniversary.  Fifteen years ago, as quarterback at...

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Leaders: are you a mechanic or gardener?

Leaders: are you a mechanic or gardener?

For those who lead teams, developing direct reports should be a top priority.  Read that sentence again. But how do you navigate development when your emerging leaders need a different, customized style of leadership applied to their learning and...

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Kill the sarcasm

Kill the sarcasm

We live in the golden age of sarcasm. Trolls, digs, and burns are some of our most potent modern communication currencies, wielded by everyone from senior government officials to frustrated customer service representatives. Confession time, and with apologies to a...

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Learning organizations

Learning organizations

I have been privileged to be a part of some excellent “learning organizations” throughout my professional career. By learning organization, I’m referring to a group focused on a common vision or goal who are empowered to make decisions, innovate, and create without...

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Curse of the HiPo-potamus

Curse of the HiPo-potamus

It’s relatively early in your career and you’re working hard, showing the world what you can do. Maybe you’ve gotten a promotion or had a significant work success, or maybe you have just consistently exceeded the goals others have set for you. Somewhere along the...

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The Eisenhower Matrix: assessing priorities & taking action

The Eisenhower Matrix: assessing priorities & taking action

When most people hear the name “Eisenhower,” thoughts of excellence, humility, and stoicism are spurred. And while there is no doubt Dwight D. Eisenhower was one of the most effective leaders our country has ever produced, his success did not come by chance, nor was...

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