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You have seen the person who is a warrior at work. You know that person who readies for battle, the win-at-all-costs type of person? You may be that person; do you see the finish line and let nothing get in your way? And when you do cross it, it is on to the next task and battle - you are going to o ...
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In our last blog we looked at the Joker archetype and how it determines how others see you, and influences your behavior in situations. As we continue our journey into the many discourses that explore how we as leaders manifest certain body dispositions, lets look at one known as the King or Queen a ...
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We have all likely been in a situation like this before. We ask, or tell, a subordinate to do something, a task, and in our mind we are crystal clear as to what we want. After some time they report that the task is done. Much to our amazement (or chagrin, or anger, you fill in the emotion) the task ...
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Who is training your team to be leaders? Who is teaching them how to motivate others, to have effective conversations, to create powerful futures for the organization? If I were to ask many leaders this question I’ll bet I would get answers such as:-We have a training department.-We outsource that ...
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Where do you practice your leadership? Literally, where do you practice your leadership? Do you have a time and place set aside to practice things like effective conversations and moods of possibility? If you are working on making your body strong by lifting weights, I bet you could show me the gym ...
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Whether you are a college basketball fan or not, to watch Tom Izzo and his Michigan State Spartans march through the tournament to the upcoming Final Four, is to watch #LeadershipFlow in Action. Here is a leader who creates the conditions for greatness to happen, for Flow to happen. Cultivating Othe ...
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We create our futures in language. The simple declaration of “No,” or “Yes,” creates a new future for us every day. I am not talking about the outcome of the yes or no - but that fact of saying either one opens up very different possibilities. From an ontological perspective (ontology, the s ...
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Today started off as a bad day. The winter snow has been on the ground for over 2 months. It has not gotten above freezing since late last year, and I have not had a good run for over a month. What I really want to do is pull the covers up over my head and stay in bed for the day.I manage to haul my ...
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In this ongoing series of conversations with gifted leaders I am exploring #LeadershipFlow in action. What is it? How does it help leaders navigate change and inspire others to reach for more?Today I am sitting down with Kim Frederick who is the owner of Foxfield Arabians, a horseback riding and tra ...
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One of my favorite leadership stories involves General Dwight D. Eisenhower during World War II. Eisenhower tried to schedule his days as the Supreme Commander so that he could spend the mornings in meetings and around his headquarters dealing with the challenges of the largest military under ...
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