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Do You Have the Courage To Be Exceptional?

Consulting giant McKinsey&Company issued a white paper called, “What makes a CEO ‘exceptional’?” where they assessed the ‘early moves’ of CEOs with outstanding track records. In reading it, I couldn’t help wonder the extent to which their findings were equally applicable for ‘non-CEOs’ making ‘non-early movers’, as well. Let’s take a look. Who Outperforms Whom? …

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When Will You Stop Sabotaging Yourself Like This?

A leader’s success can easily be predicted by how pressure affects performance. But while the pressures that organizations routinely place on leaders can be tremendous, it’s the pressures leaders put on themselves that are often more powerful…and debilitating. Pressures Imposed by the Organization The list of pressures that organizations put on leaders is near-infinite. Here …

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The Super-Secret Way To Get Your Boss To Listen Better

I was recently reminded of a helpful leadership tool I sometimes recommend – and a number of my my clients continue to use. (If memory serves, I think I got the idea from Tracy Goss’ “The Last Word on Power.”) The big idea is this: Listen for ‘what bosses listen for’ – and then frame …

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Leadership Moves #31: Use Your Authority to Make Good Things Happen Sooner

Great bosses use their authority to unlock important doors for their staff. Is another department causing problems for your team? Use your authority (by calling who needs to be called) to get things moving in the right direction, again. Is there some sort of roadblock that’s slowing down an important project? Use your authority (by …

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Leadership Move #30: Model How To Handle Failure

Quit pretending you’re perfect – even trying to be is a ridiculous timesink. Excellence versus Perfection Striving for excellence is good. Striving for perfection is not. To help clarify the difference… Striving for excellent is a three step ‘competency plus’ model: What do I need to do to meet the minimum requirements of the assignment? …

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Leadership Move #28: Maintain Strong Fiduciary Controls

To quickly undermine your credibility, as a boss, just mismanage your budget. Routinely spending too much is, obviously, bad. But it’s important you know that spending too little is also problematic. Why? Because routinely striving to come in UNDER budget – an approach that (far too) many leaders take – also proves you’re ill-equipped, or …

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