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Leadership advice for Trump and Biden: The Pioneer vs The Reconciler

That debate was … troubling. Trump v Biden is a match-up between a Pioneer and Reconciler. We saw both archetypes on display Tuesday night. Many of you have asked me about the U.S. presidential election using our PROM leader archetypes: Pioneer, Reconciler, Operator, and Maverick. (Get your PROM servant leader archetype here) My business articles are never partisan, […]

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Stop wasting your time: use this simple 4-step process to boost the speed and quality of your decision-making

As you know, a simple, effective decision-making process enables you to solve problems, avoid expensive mistakes, and seize opportunities that grow your business. Here are the four most critical steps in the process. Think FD3: Frame, Define, Develop, Determine. 1. Frame your decision statement with an action verb, object, and so that. Clarity on what you are deciding and […]

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Leading Well: 5 Action Steps that Inspire People to Contribute their Best

The United States Army says that leadership is “the process of influencing people by providing purpose, direction, and motivation to accomplish the mission and improving the organization.” A cringe-worthy business leadership definition is “the capacity of a company’s management to set and achieve challenging goals, take fast and decisive action when needed, outperform the competition, and inspire others to perform […]

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Chickenshit behavior

Historian and WWII veteran Paul Fussell has the best definition I’ve seen: “Chickenshit refers to behavior that makes military life worse than it need be: petty harassment of the weak by the strong; open scrimmage for power and authority and prestige; sadism thinly disguised as necessary discipline; a constant ‘paying off of old scores’; and insistence on […]

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Avoid Woke-Faux-Ness with these 3 action steps

Woke-Faux-Ness is the tendency of leaders to spill ink about social justice, fairness, and respect but avoid putting these values into practice. Freelance writer Arwa Mahdawi inspired me with her recent article on “woke-washing.” The say-do gap can create cynicism and internal conflict, which heightens employee disengagement, presenteeism, and turnover. These silent revenue killers are among the highest […]