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The mentality that closes the gap in remote work

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 virus in the human population. We have lived through one of the most devastating events that have happened in the history of humanity, and one area that has fundamentally changed is how we go about doing our...

Why honor matters in leadership

Let there be no mistake. The journey that you take yourself and others on is just as important as arriving at the destination.  It's "The How" and "The Why" balance in what you do. Honor in leadership matters because it's all about "The How." It's defined...

Aspirations vs Ambitions

Aspirations and Ambitions. I've heard both referred to as positive and negative over the years. Some might say a younger employee is ambitious as they prove themselves in a new role at an organization. Ambition is also sometimes used to describe someone's...

Include others to gain commitment

I am a huge supporter of inclusive leadership. I believe that you should include others in as many of your daily duties as possible to grow their buy-in, experience and it ultimately lightens your load.  Here are several reasons why you should commit to including...

Tips to focus your attention

Rabbits! We aren't going to talk about being rabbits today, instead, we are going to work to keep ourselves from chasing the proverbial rabbits that steal our attention throughout the day.  Our attention span has been decreasing for the last 20 years and...

Roadblocks to empathy

We've spent time understanding what empathy is (EP 245) and looked at tips to grow this ability (EP 246). This week we will focus on common roadblocks to empathy and practical tips to continue to grow in your ability to connect with others.  Roadblock #1: Missing...

Tips to grow your empathy

Empathy is certainly a learned skill much like riding a bike or any technical skill at work.  Now that we understand what empathy is (EP 245) you should have an idea of where you can begin to grow your own empathy.  You need to be open to empathy  You...

Understanding empathy

A good leader is served well when they have a strong sense of empathy towards others. Empathy is everything in leadership; without it, there is no true understanding and without understanding, there is a failure in leadership.  Trusting partnerships, stronger family...

You have nothing to prove

I once worked for someone where nothing was ever good enough. I felt like I had to prove myself over and over again no matter how long I had been in the role. It gets exhausting and it crushes your morale and drive to do better.   You shouldn't have to live life...

Does the desire for time really mean a desire for more meaningful memories?

I'm a big-time management guy.  It's a subject that I get a lot of questions about at Passing the Baton and when I'm meeting people in the real world.  Recently the question and idea came up about the desire for time versus the desire for more personal...

The trouble with managing to the exception

Managing to the exception is something you encounter on a daily basis. You see warnings and disclaimers all the time in the food industry and on the product that you buy. Who would have thought that Legos are a choking hazard and a rare steak is not fully cooked? Have...

Managing boundaries in meetings

Studies show that over a third of all meetings are unproductive. Maybe you have sat through a few yourself!  Many high profile leaders and CEOs take meetings very seriously to keep the meeting times and the company as efficient as possible.  Meetings don't...

Finding Leadership in Jurassic World

I know why we’re here.  A rescue op, save the dinosaurs from an island that’s about to explode.  What could go wrong?-Owen (Chris Pratt) Jurassic World is one of the highest grossest movies ever made and for good reason. It's got a relatable hero, action,...

Finding Leadership in the Avengers

There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people, to see if we could become something more.-Nick Fury The Avengers have fully taken over the world. Their universe in TV and film has spanned over 10 years and amassed billions in ticket sales alone. It...

Finding leadership in Star Wars (New Trilogy)

(Leia) would say, hope is like the sun. If you only believe in it when you can see it, you’ll never make it through the night.- Vice Admiral Holdo The newest trilogy of Star Wars movies closes out the Skywalker Saga; a story told over nine movies and...

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