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To some, being a leader is just a job. But to others, it’s a choice, a calling even, to inspire others to engage, perform, and achieve. The women and men who make this choice are skilled in a number of areas that bring out the best in everyone and everything. They’re leaders who get it.

Their secret sauce?[…] Continue Reading »

I’m not a gamer, but when I hear the phrase “call of duty,” the popular video game immediately comes to mind.

In fact, I’ve heard it so much that when I hear the phrase outside of the gaming context, I sit up and take notice. Just what does call of duty mean in the real world? It sounds like a summoning, urging me to take a stand.[…] Continue Reading »

I presented a webinar recently about making your relationship with your boss work for you, and I received a really good question: How do you give constructive feedback to a boss who has a hard time receiving it?

Don’t get psyched out.

I remember one the first times I really applied “managing up.” I was put in the tricky position of telling the boss how he just stuck his foot in his mouth.[…] Continue Reading »

The importance of failure in innovation is all the buzz right now. Business modeling and lean startups are great ways to mitigate and manage the risk of failure. There is a great deal to be learned from failure if we choose to learn it. That’s part of the reason my mantra is Experiment-Learn-Apply-Iterate.

But, is failure — the freedom to fail — really a luxury?[…] Continue Reading »

I recently read another post about why people hate their jobs and what employers can do about it. The post, published in USA Today and titled “The Motley Fool: Why you hate your job” is just another mainstream media attention grab. It really contains very little from a fresh or new perspective.

To their credit, they do cite the well-referenced Gallup survey that 52% of workers are not engaged in their work and that another 18% describe themselves as “actively disengaged.” The author goes on to drive home the point that American productivity is victim of this epidemic.[…] Continue Reading »