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Which Type of Leader are You?
Nov

15

2017

Which Type of Leader are You?

As I discuss in my book, Fast-Forward Leadership, there are essentially two leadership models. The first is power-driven leadership. This is where a person with power leads through fear and intimidation. At its worst, this is a slave master who abuses a slave. More often today, it’s a boss who is more focused on his own career than he is on the greater good of…

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If You Want to Reach a Millennial…Lead With the Story
Nov

9

2017

If You Want to Reach a Millennial…Lead With the Story

This has been a tough learning curve for me. Like so many other leadership and motivational speakers, I have stood before many audiences and said, “The longest 15” trip in the world is from our heads to our hearts.” I believed it. That’s why I said it. After all, it had always been true in my experience. In my world, the facts (or mind) led….

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Truth Matters. Your Two Target Markets…
Nov

1

2017

Truth Matters. Your Two Target Markets…

During the 25 years I ran my advertising agency we often spoke of an advertiser’s “target markets.” By this we referred the age, income levels, genders, etc. of the people we hoped to reach with our message. Saying with our advertising metaphor, you need to understand that each of us has two target markets. We should determine to be a ferocious truth teller with both:…

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The Great Divide in Today’s Workforce…and How to Deal With It.
Oct

24

2017

The Great Divide in Today’s Workforce…and How to Deal With It.

There is a great chasm in our culture. This is the reason fifty-five-year-old bosses are clueless when it comes to motivating and dispatching their younger workforce. This is why parents feel adrift when communicating with their pre-teen and teenage children. This is why we don’t get along. What causes this? It is the cultural divide between Modernists and Post-Modernists. In case these are terms with…

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Four Tips for Handling Change
Oct

17

2017

Four Tips for Handling Change

Following are four tips that have helped me deal with change. You may want to consider using some of them the next time you are faced with a “change moment.” 1) Don’t wait for all the details. Good leaders want lots of details before they make a decision. That’s great…up to a point. Despite one’s best efforts, in most situations it’s impossible to get all…

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Fast-Forward Leadership Means Not Being Swayed By Herd-Think
Oct

10

2017

Fast-Forward Leadership Means Not Being Swayed By Herd-Think

Most of the failed people whom I’ve known have been herd thinkers. So, one of the things I warn audiences about is this phenomenon where people all do the same thing. A prime example is people buying the same investment that lots of other people are buying…not because it makes logical sense, but because everyone else is buying it. At the base of this behavior…

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The “3 D’s of Conflict Avoidance”
Oct

5

2017

The “3 D’s of Conflict Avoidance”

I want to tell you about a call from a young person that I’ll call Greg. I’ve known Greg all of his life. He is well educated and has extremely good people skills. However, this call wasn’t a pleasant one. Greg told me that he was depressed and discouraged. As a matter of fact, he was ready to rethink his chosen career path. “What,” I…

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Got a Plan? Here are Some Time-Tested Strategies
Sep

27

2017

Got a Plan? Here are Some Time-Tested Strategies

I grew up in the 1960s…the era of rebellion and non-conformity. Sadly, we still have some warmed-over hippies left from that time. Their attitude is, “Don’t complicate my life with your strategies…let me do my own thing. On the face, this sounds good…almost noble. But with a deep dive into the heart of this mindset one sees its flaws and failures. A directionalist existence will…

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3 Traits of Successful Conflict Resolvers
Sep

19

2017

3 Traits of Successful Conflict Resolvers

No one needs to tell you that we live in a restless and tightly wound society. The culture has become coarse and strained. From workplace shooting to road rage on the highway, we see conflict all around us. But, there are some very effective ways to approach, and resolve, conflicts. Through the years, I’ve listened and learned from some very wise people. I’ve also had…

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Don’t Ignore the Obvious
Sep

12

2017

Don’t Ignore the Obvious

The 1950s was a good time for America. We had won the big war. The baby boom was in full swing. America liked Ike. We were feeling our collective oats. But not everything was as it seemed. In fact, we didn’t know that several decades later we’d look back on the 1950s as the Happy Days era. In reality, there was a lot of tension…

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