The Superman Syndrome: A Recipe for Leadership Ruin

Superman has superpowers. But Superman has a fatal flaw: he can’t be all places at all times. As a result, a lot of things don’t get done. Really important things, like feeding starving children, keeping airplanes from falling out of the sky, and finding a presidential candidate we can actually support. When you can’t be […]

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Leading Across a Dotted Line: Responsibility without Authority

Jenean manages an enterprise sales team for a rapidly growing technology company. She sits in Seattle with half of her team selling out of the Seattle office. The other half of her team, however, sells out of a Boston office, and one of her sales reps works in London. This is not some rare occurrence. […]

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Three Secrets to an Effective Sales One-on-One

One of the favorite things my wife and I like to do together is try out a new brew pub. We live in the Pacific Northwest, and a new microbrewery seems to pop up every week, so there’s no lack of options to explore. A few weeks ago we were sipping beer (Okay … she […]

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The Angry Leader: Critical Lessons from C-Suite Meltdowns

It started with an earthquake. Then came the tsunami. A giant 50-foot wave overwhelmed the seawall at the Fukushima Power Plant and flooded generators cooling the cores. In rapid succession, three nuclear reactors melted down. That tragic event happened five years ago this month. Thousands lost their lives and the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl […]

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How to Win the Morning: The CEO Solution

There she sat across the table from me. Frazzled, frustrated, and utterly exhausted. This gifted, passionate leader had been the CEO of her company for only a few months, but she was already running on empty. And wondering … Wondering if the role was right for her. Wondering if she had what it takes to […]

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Culture: The One Thing That Changes Everything

It’s not enough to just be in business. There may have been a time when that was enough (maybe), but not anymore. To just be in business means that you just provide a job to your employees, just provide a product to your customers, and just provide shelf space to your vendors. The problem is, […]

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