Use Your Ears More

“To be an effective leader you have to be a really good listener, and not to what’s said but to what’s not being said.”- Kobe Bryant “Nobody learned anything by hearing themselves speak.”—Richard Branson Two overlapping pieces of advice from two extraordinary leaders, one on the court, and one in business. For...

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Face To Face

What do not going out to office lunches and open-plan offices have in common? Oddly enough, they both stifle face-to-face communication. That’s right, both passing on the opportunity to spend time with others and being forced to spend time with others have the same effect.  You fail to communicate in...

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Awake Leaders

In everything we do, we believe in lifting“outside the box” to radically new levels. We cultivate the power of AWAKE Leaders. These words on the homepage of the Sourcing The Way website captured my full attention. A friend had recommended the site, suggesting I might find it interesting. Not only did I find...

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Buy This Book

“I didn’t say Steve is always right. I said he always gets it right.” And so Andy Grove, Intel’s long time CEO, began to explain his comment about Steve Jobs to Kim Scott. This story appears in Scott’s excellent book Radical Candor: Be A Kickass Boss Without Losing Your...

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Who Are You Really Looking For?

“When you go looking for something specific, your chances of finding it are very bad.  Because of all the things in the world you’re only looking for one of them. When you go looking for anything at all your chances of finding it are very good. Because of all...

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Yes, But…

When someone presents you with a new idea, a new possibility, how often does your response begin, “Yes, but…”? Of course, that “but” is always followed by a caveat, one doubt or another. You rarely say, “Yes but we need to get started on that right away.” Each and every...

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Prioritize Like Eisenhower

If you’re like most people, you have a lot to do. As fast as you get one thing done, five more things needing your attention “right away” have been dropped on you. Unanswered emails pile up, texts come in non-stop, the phone is ringing. And, if you’re like me,...

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Advice From Birmingham Jail

“Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust.” I recently reread what is now known as Letter from Birmingham Jail, written by Martin Luther King, Jr. when he was serving time for participating in a nonviolent protest against segregation. Dr. King’s powerful...

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