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Building Situation Awareness


There are three certainties in life. Ben Franklin spoke of two, death and taxes. The last is change. It is crucial for leaders today to be cognizant of the changes on their horizons. Shifts in markets, industries, economies, changes in consumer...

Making Great Leadership Decisions


We have to make choices leaders, and in making right decisions, we should seek counsel from as many different sources as possible, both above and below. However, there is no shortage of lousy advice offered today.

Slow is smooth, smooth is fast


One of my earlier lessons as an infantryman in the Army was the idea that "slow is smooth, smooth is fast." We first applied this while training our drills, especially entering and clearing a room. The idea behind this is that to be rapid,...

Crafting Effective Feedback


Business today needs collaboration across multiple areas, proper collaboration requires open and honest feedback. However, as dynamics in an organization's environment grow, and relationships develop it can often become difficult to provide...

Developing Empathy as a Leader


As a leader, the way that we approach our problems has a lot to do with their successful outcome. It is also important to remember that we are in the relationship business, we continuously build and maintain relationships with our teams. In...

Listening is a part of Leadership


Listening is a skill that we tend to take for granted. Often we tell ourselves and others that we are active listeners, but are we? There is a difference between listening to respond and listening to understand.

Setting Leadership Priorities


As leaders, we face a multitude of tasks in our daily lives. One of our fundamental skills is the ability to set priorities and focus accordingly. In leadership, we have three critical areas to focus on in no particular order; developing our...

3 Tips for Training


We have often mentioned the need for training in an organization and how it can help create a more effective organizational culture, higher productivity, and increased group learning. However, the demands of the modern-day workforce leave little...

The Engaging Leader


Leadership starts with presence and engagement. As leaders, we are defined by those who follow us. The example that we set carries forward in how our teams behave and work and what they achieve. In leadership, the skills and attitudes that we...

Leaders create innovation by managing risk


It is the eternal piece of advice to entrepreneurs and innovators, fail fast and often, learn and move on. How actionable is this advice when applied to our business problems? Can we afford to fail fast and fail often, what lessons do we learn...

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The Game of Business Leadership Lessons
The Game of Golf and Business Leadership Lessons

Now that it’s winter time and temperatures have...

Listening is a part of Leadership

Listening is a skill that we tend to take for granted. Often we tell ourselves and others that...