7 Paradoxes Every Leader Must Master (part 1)

“The surf was your refuge, but it was also a hostile wilderness…” – William Finnegan Barbarian Days Like the surf, the modern leadership landscape is a paradox. According to INSEAD Emeritus Professor Paul Evans, it’s a balancing act where leaders have to “accept the challenge of navigating between opposites” . If you’re leading in an international…

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How to Declaw Culture’s Impact on Change: Be Dogmatic about Dialogue, not Do’s & Don’ts

“Globalization on Steroids + Hyper Industry Disruption + Job Uncertainty & Constant Change” = Reality for most professionals circa 2018.   So does cultural awareness still have an “extremely important impact on Change” as reported in Prosci’s 2016 “Best Practices in Change Management”? My gut instinct tells me “no”. And I’m not fresh off the boat…

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Strategic Approach To Setting Boundaries & Managing Your Workload (part 2)

“Take a strategic approach to setting boundaries and managing your workload” – this was the advice I gave you in part 1. To review how this is done, here’s the summarized 4-step approach: Get clarity on the situation – is it temporary or permanent? Ask for the support you need – even if it’s just…

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How to Transform Natural Talent into Unique Strength

“People have several times more potential for growth when they invest energy in developing their strengths instead of correcting their deficiencies” (StrengthsFinder 2.0). “What’s right with people?” – this the question Gallup scientists set out to answer back in 1998. Here’s what they discovered in the process: Take a moment for honest reflection and ask…

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How to Move from Imitation to Greatness

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. – Charles Caleb Colton Say what you will about Mr. Colton’s oft-used quote, but he was definitely on to something. When Bob Dylan was starting out on the Greenwich Village coffee house circuit in the early 60’s, some critics dismissed him as a pale imitation of Woody Guthrie. As…

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Zen and the Art of Persuasion ~ 5 Common Sense Strategies to Boost Your Powers of Persuasion

AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH “Hmmm…interesting. Let me think about that.” “Ummm…I’m not sure about that.” “No, I don’t think I can go along with that.” As great as your idea might be, people are not always ready to accept it. As illustrated in the above colors, there are different degrees of resistance. Therefore, if you’d like…

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How to Prevent Top Team from Toxic Silo Trap

How can a business contribute to its own demise? A team that begins as a highly motivated creative unit can quickly become an impenetrable tower, i.e. a silo. After all, no matter how productive it is, an insulated team can’t effectively collaborate with other ones. As organizations are made up of teams, effective collaboration is essential…

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Good End, Bad Means: 3 Powerful Lessons Via Hollywood

Ray Donovan is a fixer. When one of Hollywood’s rich and stupid makes a mess, he cleans it up. We’re not talking about dirty dishes. Ray’s in a bind. His ex-con father owes big money to the Armenian mob. And Mrs. Minassian and her boys are losing patience fast. Incidentally, Ray hates his father. However,…

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How To Successfully Implement Change The Human Way (part 3): Practice SMART Communication

FUN FACTOR. “…as psychological researchers discover more about how the human brain works, we’re gaining insights into exactly how to crank up the enjoyment factor…” – Laura Vanderkam, Fast Company. “THE SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN WAY TO HAVE THE BEST VACATION EVER (IN 9 SIMPLE STEPS)” shows you how Planning (step 1) and Doing New Things (step 3) can…

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How To Successfully Implement Change The Human Way (part 2): Engage Workforce

FRESH START. Do you want to save everyone time, energy and other valuable resources the next time you implement a change in your team or organization? If so, change the message from “Get on board or get out of the way!” to “How can we together make this Change Initiative successful?”. As covered in part…

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How to Implement Change the Human Way (part 1): Create Vision to Engage

COLD HARD FACT. Do you recognize this picture? Change Initiative fails* External experts brought in to determine “what happened and what happens next”. Colossal waste of resources for everyone (time, energy, money). If you’d like to change this vicious circle in your team, group or organization, your #1 goal should be to build partnerships that…

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HOW TO CHECK YOUR BLIND SPOTS FOR REAL CHANGE

There’s a BIG MISMATCH between how you think you’re viewed by others and how they actually see you. In fact, you really have no idea how you come across.  “What matters about you, to someone else, is whatever has the most meaning for them – not for you,” according to The Guardian’s Oliver Burkeman. First and…

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