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Wasted Energy

My wife and I refurbished a historical 1894 Victorian home 15 years ago. It was a dream home … although it was not when we bought it. In fact, it was barely livable. Our families were divided between “you are both so brave and cool for doing this” and “you are both nuts and are…

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Pace Yourself

Coming off the big upset at the Kentucky Derby last month, gets me thinking about races and coming from behind. Who does not love to see the underdog win? Maybe you would not be happy if you bet based on the odds that you have researched the horses or which horse has won the most…

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Are you too attached?

“The goal of leadership seems simple: to get people to do what they need to do to support the mission and the team” – Jock Willink in Leadership Strategy and Tactics The ability to DETACH is described as the power of being able to distance yourself from the chaos and mayhem going on around you,…

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Mindful Leadership

In many ways, it’s been a disappointing winter and painful winter so far. Between the covid variant and the Northeast’s usual seasonal viruses, I often hear people say – or find myself thinking – “life is hard.” Or “life’s not fair.” Or any number of other disempowering statements that seem to be spreading like –…

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Have a Plan, Adapt Your Plan

I am a BIG planner – and those who know me well would suggest that’s an understatement. I place a high value on being prepared and having a plan. Yet I also recognize that while plans are good, it can be extremely dangerous to be too rigid about your plan. We should have a plan…

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Driving Performance

To ensure that organizations are sustaining the performance needed to remain competitive and relevant, every leader must have a keen focus on that performance. By attracting and retaining the best talent and fostering a culture of engagement, leaders enjoy teams that outperform the norms. Creating the conditions for individuals and teams to achieve their greatest…

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Work/Life Integration

Have you ever found yourself out of step with your work/life balance? The problem starts with looking at your life and your work as separate, instead of looking at your work as an expression of your life. The problem is then compounded by technology, working from home, and the general sense of urgency accompanied by…

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Building Teams

As leaders, we may have the opportunity to build a new team from the ground up, to grow a team that already exists, or to fully transform a team that is no longer as effective as it needs to be. A leader’s ability to build a trusting environment – where conflict is encouraged and where…

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Leadership Agility

Today’s leaders are facing increasing rates of complexity, change and interdependence, and these factors will continue to accelerate. Leading today requires the ability to be focused, fast, flexible, and agile. Having both the characteristics of speed and coordination, as well as the ability to react and respond quickly and appropriately to change, is the leadership…

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Stick to Your Knitting

“Stick to your knitting” is a phrase from the popular 1980s business bestseller, “In Search of Excellence“ by Tom Peters and Bob Waterman. It’s been popping into my head quite a bit lately. It most often comes up when my clients are desperately trying to juggle and prioritize the mounting number of items on their…

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