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Hidden yardage

Hidden yardage

This past weekend, I was watching some football with some friends and family. Truth be told, I didn't actually watch the game.  Allow me to break it down.  Being involved in the innerworkings of the game of football since the age of three has created a...

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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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I’m not a mechanic

I’m not a mechanic

I like to tell myself I’m mechanically inclined. After all, my undergraduate degree is in Mechanical Engineering, so I fancy myself a mechanic. But I’m not… This past year, my wife’s car needed new brakes. Having the mechanic mentality, I thought I would tackle the...

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I think I know

I think I know

If you were king for a day, what would be the one change you would make to your organization? If you’re like most folks, you identified a people issue. Maybe you’d want your leaders to communicate more effectively, or you want more feedback from your boss, or you’d...

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