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Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Business, Featured, Leadership, Return on Trust, Strategy | 5 comments

The Paradox of Trust, Vulnerability and Leadership

Humans tend to model the behavior they see. When leaders appear to be in control, know everything, never doubt, or never ask for help or input, employees think they have to do the same. The behavior they see and deem as acceptable is to be strong, not question, never be wrong, and always know. The opposite behavior is a sign of weakness and is unacceptable.

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Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in Featured | 14 comments

Are You Just a Leader or a Just Leader?

Being a leader requires taking the right road, not the easy road. Treating our people fairly requires judgment, subjectivity, and clear communication of expectations and goals on an ongoing basis since the world around us changes all the time. When we treat our people equally but not fairly, we tell people it’s ok to underperform and under contribute undermining the morale of our dedicated and passionate people and are then surprised when we get mediocre output and outcomes.

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Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in Business, Communication, Featured, Leadership, Strategy | 7 comments

Communication is Not a Fairy Tale

Once upon a time, NYFM (Not-Your-Father’s-Manufacturer), a very old, established company, decided they needed to drastically change in order to grow and be around many more decades. So, they created a highly disruptive ‘bet-your-career’ strategic plan. And they lived happily ever after.

Really? How many stories like this have that happy ending?

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