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Gratitude: Why I wear a Marines sweatshirt

Wisconsin winters are bitter cold, which motivates me to wear sweatshirts. Each one brings unforgettable memories. I get lots of comments whenever I wear my Marines sweatshirt, as I did on Tuesday.  I served with some exceptional Marines in Afghanistan, especially those who were advisers to our partnered Afghan Army battalion. Lieutenant Colonel Ty Edwards was the […]

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Want respect? Do this first

If you want people to respect you as a leader, give them your undivided attention. Yes, you are busy and have a lot on the plate. Get over it. Take these five actions when you are communicating. Listen to what they say.  Not just the words, but the emotions and interests behind them. Paraphrase. Ask if you […]

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The Success Trinity

Buy-in, Accountability, Results.  The Success Trinity. I mean trinity in the Clausewitzian sense, not the religious one. Get them right, and the three elements take your performance to greater outcomes. Get one piece wrong, and you’ll get a downward spiral. Buy-in occurs when people contribute their best toward important goals. Accountability means being answerable for doing the […]

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6 Leadership habits that get immediate results

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal quoted a tech expert who predicted that technology would soon replace mid-level leaders.  After all, he suggested, if technology can monitor employee productivity, what’s the point of middle management? There are two matters to consider before you jump on the bandwagon. First, your apps will have a hard […]