What good can we make of this?

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“What good can we make of this?” That was my mother’s guide to life. It was her way to encapsulate in a few words the idea that it’s better for you to act than to allow life to happen to you. She asked that question whenever I had one of those inevitable adolescent crises. She asked it when she got her  »  Read More

From the Independent Business Blogs: 10/21/20

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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: The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership

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As you can tell from the title, The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership is about leadership. It’s more like a collection of meditations than an exhaustive treatise on leadership. Steven Sample says, early in the book, that you can read the chapters out of order. If you do that, be sure to read chapter 1 first  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: The No Adjectives Rule

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When it’s time to talk to a team member about performance or behavior, you’ll get better results if you do it without the adjectives. Your job is to describe the performance or behavior and their results so you and the team member can have a conversation about how things will change. When you use adjectives  »  Read More

Weekend Leadership Reading: 10/16/20 What if the pandemic IS the new normal?

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Weekends are time when things slow down a little. Your weekend shouldn’t be two more regular workdays. That’s a sure road to burnout. Take time to refresh yourself. Take time for something different. Take time for some of that reading you can’t find time for during the week. Here are choice articles on hot  »  Read More

Tough Conversations Don’t Have to Be Tough

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Last week, Art Petty interviewed me as part of his First-Time Managers Academy. I took questions from the participants. One asked for advice about a tough conversation he needed to have with one of his team members. I responded as I always do to those questions with some techniques that have worked for me and the people  »  Read More

From the Independent Business Blogs: 10/14/20

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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: Knowing Isn’t Doing

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Full disclosure, I worked with Rod on Knowing Isn’t Doing like his two previous books. Those books were excellent, but they were for men and women in commercial real estate. This book is different. It’s for independent workers. If that’s you, whether you’re just starting out or you’ve got 40 years  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Getting to Carnegie Hall

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There’s an old joke that says the way to Carnegie Hall is “Practice, practice, practice.” That’s still true if you’re a boss, but the practice is different. Practice mentally. Rehearse things in your mind. Imagine difficulties that you’ll encounter and how you’ll deal with  »  Read More

Weekend Leadership Reading: 10/9/20

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Weekends are time when things slow down a little. Your weekend shouldn’t be two more regular workdays. That’s a sure road to burnout. Take time to refresh yourself. Take time for something different. Take time for some of that reading you can’t find time for during the week. Here are choice articles on hot  »  Read More

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