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The Five Obsessions of Winning Teams

March Madness resumes tonight and in a pressure-packed weekend of excitement, the Sweet Sixteen will shrink to the Final Four.  Only the strongest teams will survive and while their defensive pressure, explosive running game, or deep shooting might…


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On Being a Leader of Integrity: 4 Ways to Build Personal and Organizational Integrity

On Being a Leader of Integrity: 4 Ways to Build Personal and Organizational Integrity

Are you a person of integrity? Chances are you and everyone reading this article will answer in the affirmative.  This introduces a massive blind-spot we have in our lives and organizations: self-deception – as none of us can say we have full…


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On Being an Authentic Leader

On Being an Authentic Leader

Wolfgang Beltracchi is the most successful art forger in history. His fake paintings have sold for $46 million to museums and private collections all over the world.  He says the experts hate him because he managed to fool them for decades - he…


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The Leadership Dance

The Leadership Dance

Not everyone will respond to your leadership.  No matter how good you are, there will be skeptics.  Leadership is a human endeavor and humans have choices.  Still, it’s your duty to find a way to lead them. It's the leadership dance. No matter how…


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Reinventing Vermeer

Reinventing Vermeer

Tim’s Vermeer is a riveting documentary about inventor Tim Jenison’s quest to understand the genius of Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer.  The film chronicles Jenison’s discovery of a technique Vermeer may have used to create his photo-realistic…


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Silhouette of Civil War Soldier on Bloody Lane at Antietam National Battlefield

What the NFL Can Learn from a Civil War Soldier

"Beware how you take away hope from another human being." — Oliver Wendell Holmes This week, the Miami Dolphins stole headlines from their NFL competitors.  Unfortunately for the league, the Dolphins, and the rest of us, the way their players talk…


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Clear Counsel | How Sweet the Sound

Clear Counsel – How Sweet the Sound

When you want to know how your leadership is working--ask.  Years ago, I learned this lesson when I received some unsolicited advice that challenged my professionalism, served as a wakeup call, and changed the arc of my career.  The counsel came…


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A Simple Lesson from the Declaration of Independence

A Simple Lesson from the Declaration of Independence

Fifty-six Continental Congressmen signed the Declaration of Independence in July 1776.  With each quill stroke, the men committed treason and placed at risk their lives, fortune, and sacred honor. The act was more than symbolic; it added weight to…


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A group of Friends together fro Rehearsal

When in Doubt, Rehearse!

Lately I’ve seen several leaders trip over the unexpected outcome of a grand plan. They failed to anticipate the mistakes and mishaps that happen in all organizations.  When I see an outcome surprise a leader, I’m reminded of a lesson I learned…


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A Leadership Trait that Saved America

A Leadership Trait that Saved America

Today the U.S. Army celebrates its 238th birthday.  Looking back, its growth into comfortable old age seems inevitable but in its youth that outcome was far from certain. In 1783 on the Ides of March, the inseparable fates of our Army and Republic…


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To Hear the Truth, You Have to Listen

To Hear the Truth, You Have to Listen

Thoreau wrote: “It takes two to speak the truth - one to speak and another to hear.” Most of us are great at the former but at the latter, not so much.  Truth be told, most of us are poor listeners.  When considering great leadership skills, we…


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