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The Right Way to Fire the Wrong Employee

Leaders inevitably must fire people occasionally. The problem is that most of us hate conflict and shy away from confrontational …

4 Steps to Developing a Diverse Team

Growing up, I was surrounded by a lot of people who looked like me. My childhood was spent Circleville, Ohio, …

The Power of Personality

Leaders must motivate people. The problem is that everybody’s different, so what inspires one team member may demotivate another. It …

4 Questions That Will Transform Your Leadership

Leaders want to provide the answers that drive results. And in the information age, easy answers are everywhere. That’s why …

Why Every Leader Needs Friends

As leaders, we all want to be competent and successful. The problem is that our quest for success can be …

Encore Episode: 5 Leadership Lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King’s efforts initiated changes that would transform American society. That’s why the nation celebrates Martin Luther King Day on …

Ask Us Anything

Leaders make decisions, but clarity can be hard to come by. In this episode, listeners fire their most pressing questions …

The 3×3 Goal Achievement Strategy

Leaders dream big. But too often, our greatest goals get lost in the whirlwind of daily tasks and interruptions. Today, …

New Year, New You

High achievers love the start of the new year and the prospect of new goals. The problem is that fresh …

When It’s Not a Wonderful Life

I love watching the movie where a guy named George finds himself stuck in a crummy little town working in …

How to Beat the Holiday Blues

Nat King Cole. Pinatas. Swedish meatballs. Ravioli. Gingerbread houses. These are things that come to mind when I recall my …

Generosity Pays

We all know intuitively that generosity is right. But it turns out that generosity also provides some very tangible rewards …

How 4 Leaders Keep Their Eyes on the Prize

Goal visibility is one of the key but often overlooked components of goal achievement. So as 2018 draws to a …

The Four Horsemen of Goal Failure

We all miss big goals occasionally. When that happens, it can be lonely and embarrassing. It’s tempting to simply forget …

The Science of Tackling Large Projects

My sister is obsessed with games. Video games, board games, role-playing games – she loves them all. She will readily …

How to Handle Own Goals

Steve Smith is a Scotland-born, Canada-raised hockey defenseman whose NHL career spanned 15 seasons. He is less well known for …

You Say You Want a Resolution

For all of the champagne, new diets, and gym memberships folks are about to experience, only about eight percent of …

How to Fix New Year’s Resolutions

All of us, especially leaders, want to make positive change in our lives. But we’ve tried and failed many times. …

When Life Throws You a Curveball

With the holiday season upon us and the New Year just around the corner, especially driven people are in introspection …

The Peter Principle and How to Avoid It

“In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.” Laurence J. Peter wrote those words as …

The Science of Record-Breaking

May 6, 1954 was a cold and windy day in Oxford, England. It was far from ideal conditions for a …

Do You Have an Upper Limit Problem

Leaders have big goals, but most of us have at least one limiting belief that keeps us from achieving them. …

Practice Doesn’t Always Make Perfect

Apple made a great leap forward in communications and mobile computing in 2007 when it launched the iPhone. It couldn’t …

3 Leaders Reveal Their Hardest Conversations

Building a successful organization requires interpersonal skills as much as knowledge of finance or marketing strategies. Perhaps the most important …

How to Have a Civil Conversation on a Tough Subject

Deliver Tough News the Right Way

Former BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward could have immediately and swiftly announced that the explosion of the British oil giant’s …

The Gratitude Advantage

It’s easy to assume that the benefits of gratitude are primarily external. But the latest research reveals that thankfulness offers …

A Thanksgiving State of Mind

Thanksgiving did not become an official national holiday until 1941, but it had roots that extended back to the founding …

The Science of Gauging Time

This morning I had a list of four sizable items to accomplish. I knew it was an ambitious plan, but …

Getting It Doneness

The journalist W. James “Jim” Antle III was pressed up against a deadline on a story. He had been working …

Deadline Power

Legendary jazz composer Duke Ellington once said, “I don’t need time. I need a deadline.” If that was true for …

How to Deliver on Deadline

Nobody likes deadlines, but they’re vital for keeping projects, new products, and major deliverables on track. Too often, major initiatives …

But Will It Sell?

Will this idea that you are considering lead to a product that sells? This is the hardest question you and …

How to Create New Products

New products are the lifeblood of a company. But product creation can be overwhelming for many business owners. Based on …

And Away Wii Go!

I wouldn’t have wanted to be in Nintendo’s board meeting when they looked at the number of consoles Sony and …

The Virtues of Iteration

It might seem strange that an iconic concert venue is offering a sneak peek at musicians rehearsing for upcoming shows. …