Are You an Evolved Leader?

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The 3 Levels of Leadership I don’t run like I used to run when I was 16.  Knock on wood, I haven’t had an injury in the years I’ve been running.  But I still don’t run like I did when I was 16.  Notwithstanding the fact that I run regularly, my running pace and style have evolved over the years. The same is true if you’re a leader.  How you lead…

What I Learned from Hurricane Matthew & 9/11

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In 2001, I was in Manhattan during 9/11. Fifteen years later in 2016, I was living in Savannah (but did not stay) during Hurricane Matthew. Both were very different events, with entirely different causes, and entirely different implications and outcomes. But combined, they’ve left me with a few reflections on people, leaders, and just life in general: People In times of crisis, people come together for help, support, encouragement, and…

Do You See What You Need to See?

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Take a look at the following image: Would you believe me if I told you that Square A is the same shade as Square B? Probably not. If I told you that you can’t trust what you see, and that indeed the squares are the same shade, would you believe me then? Still, probably not. If I showed you the following proof (the two parallel strips are the same uniform shade…

You and I May Not Know We’re Incompetent

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She was completely paralyzed on her left side. And yet if you asked her if she could move her left arm, she would say that she could. Even more interesting, if you pointed to her left arm and asked her whose arm it was, she would tell you it belonged to her mother. If you then asked her, well where was her mother, she’d say her mother was hiding under the table.…

The Real Dangers of Being a Great Role Model

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One of the leadership and management “truths” is the undisputed value of being a great role model. Not many people would question the value of being a great role model. In fact, I think most, if not all, people would say they would be pleased to be a great role model for others. It goes without question, right? Which is what I was thinking the other day, when I thought,…

Did Steve Jobs Leave You Frustrated?

In my previous post Why Are You Still Running On Your Hamster Wheel?, I referred to Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford commencement address (here’s the text version as well). As I write, this specific posting has been viewed over 12 million times, with millions more having viewed other postings of the same video. No doubt, many of you saw clips from it on the nightly news, in stories relating to Jobs’…