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You’re Probably Wasting Money on Leadership Development

Business leaders I know react one of two ways to this statement. Ha!  It goes to show what you know.  We don’t bother with that fluff.  We’re too busy working.  Our leaders learn on the job. No way!  We know how important it is to equip our new leaders with how to do things.  We

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Why Businesses Fail to Scale and Thrive

If you are invested in a business’ success, I am talking to you. You are a funder.  You provide business loans, venture funds to accelerate growth.  Or you’ve acquired an underperformer to invest in its recovery. You are a founder that wants to stay at the helm and grow for a few years before exiting.

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Truth #10 – Egos are Good

  Egos are good. [pullquote align=”normal” cite=”Warren Buffett”]I always knew I was going to be rich. I don’t think I ever doubted it for a minute.[/pullquote] That’s interesting. But what about humility, today’s uber-meta-necessary silver bullet of awesome leadership?  The thing we all want to be, humblebragging aside, but can’t really call ourselves.

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Truth #9 – Managers are Accountable for Employee Performance

Let’s talk about being a manager. I’m not just a manager, I’m a leader!  So you say. Now don’t go spreading yourself too thin. There’s more to this manager thing than you know. Remember what I said in Truth #8 about performance reviews?  I said that you, as a manager, are responsible for the performance

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Truth #8 – Performance Reviews Aren’t the Problem

You can’t get through a week these days without reading about another high-profile, progressive, cooler-than-teal business eliminating performance reviews. So provocative! The story goes like this: Do you hate those horrible, lengthy, largely irrelevant standardized performance review forms your HR department forces on you? The solution is simple. Get RID of them. Throw babies out

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Truth #7 – Best Practices Rarely Are

Best practices are so last year!  Perennially.  By the time a practice gets labelled as best by some authority, there’s an innovator somewhere finding a better way. Or, more likely, a better way for their situation. Best practices are what you use when you aren’t sure and want to be safe.  When CYA is more

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Truth #5 – We’re All Prejudiced

We are social animals, we humans.  We survive by associating with our tribe and distancing ourselves from not-our-tribe.  It’s deeply wired in.  No matter how much we want to, there is no known way to completely eliminate our tendency to prize the characteristics common to our in-group, whether that’s our gender, race, sexual orientation, favorite

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Truth #4 – Fair Pay Rarely Feels Fair

Let me explain. By “fair pay”, I mean the measures of fairness typically used by a business when setting pay – education, experience, market rate, and negotiating power. By “feel fair” I mean to you, the person in the role, pay is a non-issue.  You aren’t beset with a painful sense that you are paid too little for the value

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Truth #3 – The Meeting After the Meeting is Where Real Decisions are Made

You’ve seen it happen.  The team meets, discusses issues, and comes to apparent conclusions largely influenced by the biggest-title-in-the-room.  Then, after the meeting, a few people huddle in the hallway saying the things that should have been said in the room.  The color interpretations.  The queries about “what that really meant when so-and-so said that

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