Stop Defining Your Work by Effort. Define it by Outcomes

Work, the very word implies effort. That is, of course, what the term means, “activity involving mental or physical effort.” And it’s that definition that’s so misleading for executive leaders. For if we define our work by its effort and not by its outcomes, we cede the leadership of our sphere of influence to someone […]

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My Massive Half Marathon Mistakes and What I Learned from Them

In an act of unimaginable stupidity, I signed up to run the half-marathon last year on the first Sunday of October. For those of you who do not know me well, I took up the sport of long distance running at the ripe age of 53. Since that time, I’ve run in lots of 5K […]

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Nail Your Next Presentation: Tell a Great Story

At some point in your leadership life, if you haven’t already, you’ll be called on to make a big presentation. And that presentation will be critically important to your being perceived as a serious leader, your being promoted to a higher paying position, your closing a lucrative deal, or all of the above. How do […]

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The Honest Truth about Leadership Transition

All leadership roles are not the same. And while we might agree with that statement on paper, in practice we violate it regularly. In practice we promote a high performing individual contributor—a leading salesperson or a leading researcher—to the role of frontline manager and are surprised when that person struggles to win the support of […]

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The Top Three Blog Articles of 2014

The results are in! I have in my hands the top three blog articles of 2014. I used for my rating system unique open rates from my 1200 member email subscription list. All three articles had open rates of over 40%, the winner coming in at a whopping 47%. My most popular blog article of 2014 is on the technology […]

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Take the Test: What’s Your Degree of Sales Difficulty?

Climbing a mountain is hard work. Some mountains, however, are harder to climb than others. Compare climbing Mary’s Peak, a popular hike a few miles from my house that tops out at 4,000 feet above sea level, with climbing Mount Everest, which rises to 29,000 feet. You prepare very differently for a climb up Mary’s Peak […]

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