Great Teachers and Great Leaders

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Wardie Sanders taught history at Hartsville High School for years. Her class in traditional Thanksgiving dinner etiquette caught the eye of the New York Times. She was the kind of teacher that students remember decades later. People live life differently because of her. Teachers and leaders have a lot in common. One of  »  Read More

From the Independent Business Blogs: 5/18/22

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Independent business blogs are blogs that aren’t supported by an organization like a magazine, newspaper, company, or business school. Those people provide lots of great content, but they don’t need any additional exposure. In this post, every week, I bring you posts of quality from excellent bloggers that  »  Read More

Book Review Short Take: The Crux

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There are, conservatively, 300 gazillion books published every year. No one has the time to list them, let alone read them or review them. That’s a problem because there’s a lot of value in many books you may not hear about because of the clutter.  “Short Takes” is my humble effort to cut through  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Lead with a concrete example when training

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When you’re training or coaching, it’s tempting to give people a general principle and follow it up with applications. Resist that temptation. We learn best when we get a concrete example first and then the principle. You can make things even more effective if you give several examples and let your team  »  Read More

Lessons from Sir John Moore and the Rifles

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In 1760 Frederick the Great’s Prussian army of perfect obedience and mass formations was considered the finest army in the world. Just forty years, later, in 1806, the French used small units acting independently to supplement their mass formations and defeat the Prussians at the twin battles of  »  Read More

From the Independent Business Blogs: 5/11/22

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Independent business blogs are blogs that aren’t supported by an organization like a magazine, newspaper, company, or business school. Those people provide lots of great content, but they don’t need any additional exposure. In this post, every week, I bring you posts of quality from excellent bloggers that  »  Read More

Book Review: Working Backwards

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In my lifetime there has always been one company that was held up as the paragon of all that is good and innovative in business. We were supposed to emulate that company. GM was first, followed by IBM, then by GE. Now it’s Amazon’s turn. If you’re seeking insight into what made Amazon successful so far  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Keep moving forward

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Take every opportunity to move forward, even if it’s only a little. That means every conversation and encounter. Ask yourself: “What can I do right here, right now, to make things better?” This is only one of 347 tips in my ebook, Become a Better Boss One Tip at a Time. Just promoted from individual  »  Read More

The Margaret Rudkin Lessons

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All in all, Margaret Rudkin was having a wonderful life. She grew up on Long Island, the oldest child in a second-generation Irish family. After working for a bank, she took a job at a brokerage where she met her husband. They moved to a splendid farm in Southern Connecticut, where Margaret set about raising their three  »  Read More

From the Independent Business Blogs: 5/4/22

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Independent business blogs are blogs that aren’t supported by an organization like a magazine, newspaper, company, or business school. Those people provide lots of great content, but they don’t need any additional exposure. In this post, every week, I bring you posts of quality from excellent bloggers that  »  Read More

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