A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

Superheroes Don’t Always Wear Capes

“You don’t have to have super powers to be a superhero.” Andrew Kinzie, Age 7 When he’s not getting into trouble for lacking focus and/or self discipline, my seven year old son often gives me little nuggets of wisdom. (He’s one-half old soul, one-half tazmanian devil.) This morning was no exception. In the same minute…

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Would You Bet on You?

“Poker reveals to the frank observer something else of import—it will teach him about his own nature. Many bad players do not improve because the cannot bear self-knowledge.” David Mamet   I am reading a book on the game of poker.  I don’t play poker, nor do I care to learn how to play poker,…

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Come on Baby, Light My Fire

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”  Plutarch I have the pleasure of developing and facilitating a mentoring workshop for a client this week.  The fun thing about this particular event is I’m not just telling them about how a mentorship program can work, what the benefits…

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Lessons Learned from Family Night

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” John F. Kennedy   My 7 year old son is fascinated my marine life.  He constantly talks about being a marine “researcher” so he can learn all about the many animals in the sea and, of course, discover new ones so he can be famous. Yesterday was…

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A Little Bit of Pushing Is Good

I gave a presentation yesterday on employee engagement.  In my spiel, I talk a little about what the data says, a little about how a company can go about defining the ambiguous term, and a lot about what supervisors can do to help get more of the elusive “engagement” from their employees.   I typically…

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What’s Your Legacy?

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”  Benjamin Franklin   I have a new friend, Michael Wagner.  Michael is the CEO of White Rabbit Group and he’s a delight.  He’s intelligent, insightful, and darn fun to talk to.  I met…

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Employee Engagement, Part Two

My posts this month all center around employee engagement as, like many of you, this has been on my mind. I’ve developed/presented classes on engagement for years and have coached many leaders on how they can increase employee engagement, which we all know is directly related to discretionary performance.  I’m confident the activities I have/will suggest…

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Hot Potato, Hot Potato

Employee Engagement Two words Managers know they want but don’t know how to get. Two words HR loves to say but doesn’t know how to get. The potato that no one wants (or knows how) to catch. Except me…I intercept that spud every chance I get.    It is not Rocket Science. First, NEVER forget…

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If We Look Hard Enough…

I didn’t get along very well with my siblings…just ask them, they’ll tell ‘ya!   My mom, a single parent, grew tired of me and my siblings bickering all the time and would often look up to the heavens and ask, “What did I do to deserve this?  Can you please help my children love…

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Hiring Is Everything!

A Guest Post by Ben Eubanks   Recently I ran across a very interesting employee handbook for Valve, a small software company. The handbook talks about the culture and what it’s like working there in intricate detail, but one section really blew my mind. At Valve, they don’t hire managers or have any supervisors. They…

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