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Strategic leaders—never, never, never give up!

Strategic leaders—never, never, never give up!

To fully understand the magnitude and complex nature of strategy, I would like to first set the stage by bringing you back to late May 1940, Dunkirk, Northern France. At this time, over 330,000 Belgian, British, and French troops were surrounded by German soldiers...

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Leadership 101: self-care

Leadership 101: self-care

Recently, I sat on a plane listening to the stewardess’s standard emergency spiel. As she said, “When the oxygen masks come down, put the mask on yourself first, then put it on your child or anyone else next to you,” I began to think about how these instructions apply...

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1,000 jumps

1,000 jumps

If you’ve been skydiving, you know the thrill, fear, and elation of hitting terminal velocity and the feeling of floating in the air.  For some, it’s an addictive pastime that they pursue as a hobby or sport. Even though it feels dangerous, it is incredibly safe...

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The courage to deliver

The courage to deliver

My favorite essay of all time was written in 1899. I have drawn inspiration from it for over 25 years: “A Message to Garcia” by Elbert Hubbard. It tells the story of how “the fellow by the name of Rowan delivered a message to Garcia, the leader of the Cuban rebels. He...

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Why do you exist?

Why do you exist?

The Evolution of Leadership Everyone is familiar with evolution, though it can be difficult to observe. It is often only recognized upon extinction.  For organizations to survive, they must evolve. Survival does not occur because organisms live forever. They live...

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Trust in crisis

Trust in crisis

Rapid adaptability and innovation have set organizations apart during the stresses of 2020. Organizations like Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and Home Depot have capitalized on innovative digital shopping and delivery methods to meet the public's needs and demands. In...

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Productivity and value

Productivity and value

Productivity is being debated anew with the overnight shift to remote work. Without all of the usual metrics managers use to gauge work effort—from specific performance metrics to “bums in seats”—it’s getting harder and harder to tell what the output of our workforce...

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