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Leadership Skill – Does Fear Motivate?

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In nearly every seminar I give when the conversation shifts to motivation we have to cover the front end concept of whether motivation is intrinsic or extrinsic. Does it come from each individual internally or is it conditioned by external factors? There are some strong beliefs on either side, but I must say that I

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The Principle of Patience

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We want it when we want it, and we want it now. Drive through restaurants, television and music on demand, and online purchases with overnight shipping. Much of the urgency is often cited as a millennial or generation Z (Gen 9/11, iGen) trait. A characteristic that illustrates a lack of consideration for anything other than,

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Good Intentions, Final Outcomes

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Of course employee teams start off with good intentions. It’s usually not their intentions that are in question. The question typically becomes, “What is the outcome?” The landscaping at the hotel is immaculate but the bath towels feel like they are made of canvas. The chef in the restaurant cooks the steak perfectly but it

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The Myth of Tolerance

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Everyone loved Mary, when she was focused and not complaining. Everyone wanted to know what Jack had to say, when it wasn’t about work. Everyone wanted the grapevine news from Susanne, when they weren’t the subject of the latest vine. Many organizations find themselves settling for their workforce, often feeling like more of a hostage

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Make A Different Sound

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Being heard is often important to the change seeker, they want the opportunity to voice an opinion, state a fact, or influence a decision. You hang a picture on the wall and barely notice it again. A guest visits your home and asks about the chiming clock and you realize you didn’t even hear it.

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Too Busy

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When you need that catch all phrase to stop the onslaught of additional work you often say, “I’m too busy.” Too busy can become the main excuse, it seems to work because look at everything I have to do, look at the piles on my desk, and look, over there is the work I completely

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Knowing What Counts

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A lack of effort is often not the reason for coming up short, but a lack of confidence might be. Confidence probably plays a bigger role in success than effort ever will. Effort matters, it matters a lot, but the problem is that many people work very hard only to come up short. Consider a

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Boomers to Millennials, Comfort Slows Progress

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If asked, many people would probably agree that one of the things they look forward to in life is to be comfortable. Work hard, study hard, be disciplined, be persistent, stay motivated, be committed, the list is long. The desired outcome might be to earn more money, have a better life and most of all,

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Being Your Own Coach

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Coaching can be a very tricky situation. Often the goal is to help the coached person see new opportunities, close a skill gap, or re-channel energy and effort to be the best that they possibly can be. Improve, make life easier, job performance better, or obtain new levels of competence and success, a good goal

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Arm Chair Leadership

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You can criticize the leader for being too soft, too harsh, or out of touch with reality. The trouble with this criticism is that often it is coming from those who aren’t responsible for the results. When the apple cart has tipped over it is easy to suggest it was loaded wrong, managed by the

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