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May
16

Are you stuck in a sheep cyclone?

This is what teamwork and collaboration looks like at its best: This is what it looks like at it’s worst: Here are three signs you are stuck in a collaboration sheep cyclone: You have a recurring meeting and the agenda items haven’t changed in over a month You propose a ridiculous idea as a joke […]

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May
06

Book Review – The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace by Cy Wakeman

Last week Cy Wakeman released her new book The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace. I want to start by applauding Cy for pulling no punches as she delivers her perspective on how to be successful at work. It comes down to one thing and really only one thing – taking accountability for your own behavior. […]

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How Do You Choose Your Team?

In 2011 Mumford and Sons broke out after their appearance on the Grammy’s.  After watching them, a friend of mine quipped: Too bad Mumford didn’t have any sons who played drums… It’s tempting as a manager to think about the elements you need on your team and worry about the skills you don’t have.  You […]

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4 Tips for Solving Tough Problems

I’ve never come up with a great idea sitting at my desk going through my to-do list.  My best ideas come when I do one (or more) of these things: Walk away from the problem – Sometimes when you leave something alone for a couple of days, you see it from a different perspective and […]

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How Do You Recharge?

Leaders are “on” all the time.  This can be a great thing when your energy is high and you feel engaged and focused.  But sooner or later burnout creeps in.  Whether it’s from working too hard or juggling too many things or just getting bogged down in a tough patch, we all go through periods […]

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Mar
27

The Speed of Leadership

Have you ever been driving on a highway and missed your exit?  There’s a moment of panic and indecision as you see the sign and wonder if that’s where you should get off.  Maybe another car is blocking you and you can’t move over fast enough.  Maybe your GPS is telling you to go a […]

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Mar
25

If You Think You Are Beaten You Are

My 7th grade English teacher had us memorize this poem and it’s still a great reminder of how important your own attitude, your own will, and your own belief are to your potential for success.  Thank you Mr. Knowlton, wherever you are today. If you think you are beaten, you are; If you think you […]

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Dec
01

Management Lessons from The Art of Racing in the Rain

I just finished The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein and I can’t recommend it highly enough.  It’s sort of about a dog and sort of about race car driving but it’s really about an approach to life and to challenge that I found both inspiring at a personal level and applicable […]

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Perspective – The Secret to Success at Work

In the last few months I’ve been asked for my best advice on how to get ahead at work and I always have the same answer – have perspective. What’s perspective? Know the big picture:  You need to understand what your company does and what your boss does.  Get to know why customers buy your […]

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The Pattern of Great Leadership – Simon Sinek

Looking for more ideas on how to grow your management and leadership skills?  Why not join the Survive Your Promotion group on LinkedIn?  Share management and leadership resources, ask questions, make connections and help other emerging leaders!

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