Category: Personal Development

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Commit to continuous improvement

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There’s always more to learn and there are always things you can improve. Commit yourself and your team to continuous improvement, to doing things better every day. Read, talk to others, observe, and take classes to find good ideas. Critique your own performance. Improvement is a job that’s never done, but  »  Read More

Personal Development: Getting the Most from Your Boss

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For a couple of decades, I asked the participants in my training programs for supervisors what things they wanted to learn most. Two items were always on the list and usually in the top three. One of them was “talking to people about performance.” The other was “getting along with my boss.” “Getting along” is  »  Read More

Leadership: The Will to Prepare to Win

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One of my favorite quotes is attributed to legendary Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. “It’s not the will to win that matters. Everybody’s got that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” We like to write about leadership as something grand and heroic. Sometimes it is. More often, though  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: 4 Personal Planning Questions

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Planning your personal development begins when you decide what you want. Here are four questions to help you. What do you want to have that you don’t have now? What do you want to preserve? What do you want to avoid? What do you want to get rid of? Start with those questions and then refine them into your personal  »  Read More

Personal Development: A Learning Journey is Its Own Reward

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I really wanted to be an opera singer. Since I have a natural bass voice, I imagined myself singing something like the bass arias from Mozart’s “Magic Flute.” Naturally, when I sang in my mind, I imagined myself rivaling the great Gottlob Frick. Alas, when I sang in my real voice, I wasn’t nearly so good. For  »  Read More

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