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the power of not knowing

The Power of Not Knowing

Many of us as leaders, especially new leaders, feel we must have all the answers. Some even feel a sense of shame when asked a question, by a client or an employee, and they don’t have the answer. And, despite these feelings of inadequacy most of us have felt at one…
Why Context in Relationships Matters

Here’s To The Crazy Ones…

As my regular readers know, I collect quotes, share them here and on my website. Typically I publish one quote a month, but this month you get a bonus quote. In the last few weeks, I have been writing about listening. The quote below from Steve Jobs is a wonderful…
How to Stay Authentic Under Pressure

How to Stay Authentic Under Pressure

First, you have to understand yourself, because the hardest person you will ever have to lead is yourself…but, as long as you are true to who you are, you can cope with the most difficult circumstances that life presents. Bill George. True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership Being authentic is…
marketing

Using Influence Mapping To Optimize Marketing ROI

The two hottest topics in marketing today are "Social Marketing" and "Marketing ROI." In this paper, you will see how understanding the true nature of Social Marketing points to a methodology — Influence Mapping — that provides marketing managers with a means to optimize their Marketing ROI. "Social Marketing is…
Niagra Falls

You Have More Power Than You Think

The other day, after speaking to a great audience nearby, I stopped by the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and took the picture below. It was a windy 33-degree day and you could see the huge ice accumulations on the edges of The Falls. I'd been there at other times…
feedback

The Hard Gift of Feedback

Feedback is a gift. It is an opportunity for personal development and ultimately leadership development. And, it is hard; Very hard. Not sure which is harder, giving feedback or accepting it. Recently I was with a small group of Vistage Chairs, several of us long-tenured, and we were discussing this…
Distractions

Killing Those Killer Distractions

A few months ago, I wrote about how autonomous vehicles (AKA self-driving cars) would usher in countless new behaviors such as enjoying a glass of wine during the ride home from work. It turns out that most of us, 71% according to AT&T, are already doing the equivalent of drinking…
Organizational Context

Organizational Context = Culture

We began this series with an invitation to think about context in 3 dimensions: for yourself, as an individual, as you live your life (Part 1) for your most important conversations and relationships, and (Part 2) for your organization as a whole. We’ve already covered individual (personal) and interpersonal context. …
audience

Reaching Your Audience

Recently, the president of a prominent museum asked me which social media tool she should use to reach her audience. It’s a great question that all of us should be asking on behalf our own businesses and organizations. Pick the wrong venue and you’re unlikely to connect with your audience.…
context

Why Context in Relationships Matters

Part 1 of this series covered individual (personal) context.  This blog focuses on interpersonal context; that is, the context you create related to your most important relationships and most important conversations. So what, exactly, is meant by interpersonal context?  I invite you to consider and reflect upon the following workplace…
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