One Word: Inspire

Over the last twelve months, I have written several posts in the One Word series. These are words leaders think about often. Some of the featured words have included Momentum, Team, Hope, Vision and Diversity. Today, the next installment… one thing every leader must ultimately learn to do, or give the baton to someone else to do – INSPIRE others to action.  »  Read More

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Today’s Challenge: How to Sell Ideas

Over the last year, I’ve had the privilege to speak to thousands of leaders. In virtually every setting, I asked them to send me their leadership questions. I am grateful hundreds have responded. Each week, I try to address at least one question I believe will have broad interest. Today, a question I’ve been asked repeatedly: How do I sell my ideas?   »  Read More

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Starving While Sitting on a Sandwich

What differentiates you from your competitors? What will separate you in a crowded marketplace? What is your organization’s competitive advantage? I hope these are the type questions you and your leaders are asking. The battle for competitive advantage is never ending… and worth the fight!  »  Read More

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Today’s Challenge: The Peter Principle

The Peter Principle was published in 1969. The premise: often, people are promoted, again and again, until they reach their level of incompetence. If left unchecked, more than the individual suffer, the organization can become stuck because so many people have risen to their level of incompetence.  »  Read More

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Five Things All Great Leaders Do

This post originally appeared on December 3, 2011. Since we recently released our 10th Anniversary Edition, it seemed like a good idea to share it again.

Great leaders serve. It’s the name of my website, but it’s also something I’ve learned over the years.  Great leaders serve others and they do so in five very strategic ways. Ken Blanchard and I wrote about these practices in our book The Secret – What Great Leaders Know and Do. We recently celebrated the 10th anniversary edition of The Secret but the lessons are as true today as they were when it was first published.  »  Read More

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Today’s Challenge: How Do You Fill Open Leadership Positions?

So, you have an open leadership position in your organization – congratulations! Every open position is a huge opportunity… if you make a good decision regarding who fills the void. Today’s Challenge: Should I bring in an external leader or promote from within?  »  Read More

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