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Lessons in Stumbling and Set-Backs… from the Big Top

I recently attended a stage production of Circus 1903, a variety show featuring turn-of-the-century circus acts. The audience enjoyed heart-stopping performances from high-wire artists, aerialists, contortionists, and acrobats from around the world. (While this isn’t intended to be a review, I can highly recommend the show!) Each act was an impressive display of a lifetime…

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The Dynamic Duo of Vision and Strategy

Some things just work better together. Bread and butter Soap and water Table and chairs Love and marriage Batman and Robin In these examples, each item has value in and of itself. Yet combined, the pairs take on a more striking, pleasurable and powerful quality. The same holds true for vision and strategy: leaders who…

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The Simple Connection Between High School English and Accountability

My daughter is taking an Advanced Placement English Language course this year. That may be why the November 2014 article in The Atlantic Magazine, “Passive Resistance,” captured my attention. The author, Steven Pinker, explores the role and value of the passive tense. (Or, expressed in the passive tense: The role and value of the passive…

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Before Competence

I finally got around to reading Before Happiness by Shawn Achor over the holidays. It’s an insightful book that describes how we must learn to see the world through a more positive lens which allows us to summon the motivation, emotion, and intelligence necessary to achieve happiness and success. The reading prompted me to begin…

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Team, Group, or Train Wreck?

Teams and teamwork are among the most frequently written about and searched for topics in business today. From senior executives to frontline supervisors, leaders everywhere are looking for strategies to get the most from others. The first and most fundamental challenge they face lies in vocabulary… because the term ‘team’ is used very casually and…

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Building the Organizational Habit of Career Development

Let’s be honest. Engaging in career conversations is not that hard. It’s inherently simple to talk with other people about what they’re good at, what they’re interested in, and where they see themselves going. It’s good for business to understand and leverage the capacity of all employees. It builds trust, loyalty, and engagement… which in…

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