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Cindy Masingill

Team Marvel

What can you do when a team isn’t performing to its potential? High performing teams – the idea that the sum is greater than the combined efforts of the individual parts – sometimes elude even the best and most talented performers and leaders. And tiny tweaks, it turns out, can make all the difference. For…

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The Florence Prescription, Joe Tye (with Dick Schwab) – a Book Review

Culture. Culture. Culture. How do organizations build the culture they want?  The fact is, that when it comes right down to it, they don’t. The people do. The organization can create the conditions for a specific culture they want build, but if the people don’t buy in, if the people don’t embrace the culture ideas…

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Leadership that Soars

“Gifted leadership occurs where heart and head – feeling and thought – meet.  These are the two wings that allow a leader to soar.” – quote from Primal Leadership, Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence”, Daniel Goleman. I believe there’s a natural tendency in all of us to lean more into the thought of leadership,…

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Can You Hear Me Now?

I just heard it again today: “Sometimes my voice isn’t heard.” I’ve heard this complaint from leaders at all levels–individual contributors, middle managers, and senior level executives, and it’s a critical issue. When people don’t feel heard, they often believe they’re not being fully utilized for all they have to offer – and often, they’re…

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The Boys in the Boat – A Book Review

The subtitle of this book – not a spoiler alert! – gives a good idea what it’s about and how it ends: “Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.” What you will find between the front and back cover are pages of powerful metaphors for building, leading, and inspiring…

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Letting Go

A few weeks ago I read a story that stuck with me. Since then I’ve shared it with clients for whom the message also resonates, for varied reasons. Here’s the story: “So much more can happen with our hands open. In fact, closing and stubbornly maintaining our grip is often what keeps us stuck, though…

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First, Break All the Rules – A Book Review

First, Break All the Rules What the World’s Greatest Mangers Do Differently Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman A colleague recommended I read this book as a support to the research I did last year for a re-design of our new-leader program. She said it was a “must read,” and after reading it, I wasn’t disappointed….

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Leading by Fergi – Lesson #8

Feeling Rusty I’m feeling rusty.  Fergi and I usually do our agility training weekly, but due to vacation and an off week, we haven’t been to class for two weeks. So not only is missing class leaving me dry for blog material, it’s also making me feel a little rusty, and I don’t like it. …

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Leading by Fergi – Lesson #7

Empowering Others I got frustrated with my agility trainer last night when she reminded me, for the millionth time, that I should not be giving Fergi treats from my hand; I should be rewarding her by throwing her ball, which has a big chunk of salmon inside (and thereby rewarding her away from me). Treating…

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Leading by Fergi – Lesson #6

Success Even In Less Than Ideal Circumstances Last month, Fergi and I spent 2 days at one of our favorite outdoor agility shows in Cato, New York, a beautiful rural area in upstate. The conditions of the show were perfect:  warm, sunny days, no rain and very little wind; Fergi was in good physical condition…

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