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(Influential Leadership) Volunteer … To Show Leadership

Leadership means stepping up to the plate, and there is no better way to show this than by volunteering.   When you are asked to take on a difficult assignment, and you demonstrate your leadership in how you get it done, that’s good. It takes things to an entirely different level if you actually volunteered …

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(Influential Leadership) Be Fair But Firm

Now for the fourth and final of the “Four Tests of A Leader.”  If you’re just joining us, here’s the start of the series.  Be sure to take inventory of these four tests so that your followers will know without a shadow of a doubt why they are following you.   “Why Should I Follow …

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(Influential Leadership) Be Ingeniously Competent

Let’s get into the third of the “Four Tests of A Leader.”  If you’re just joining us, here’s the first.   “Why Should I Follow You?”   Are you professional who knows your success depends upon leading other professionals? Maybe you lead a consulting practice group, a division in your company, a sales team, or …

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(Influential Leadership) Lead From Your Values

Last time, we covered the first of the “Four Tests of A Leader.”  Now let’s tackle the second.   “Why Should I Follow You?”   Are you professional who knows your success depends upon leading other professionals? Maybe you lead a consulting practice group, a division in your company, a sales team, or employees of …

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(Influential Leadership) Check Your Motives

In the next four Influential Leadership tips, we will cover the “Four Tests of A Leader.”  Take inventory of these four items so that your followers will know without a shadow of a doubt why they are following you.   “Why Should I Follow You?” Are you professional who knows your success depends upon leading …

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(Influential Leadership) Focus To Create Success

I encourage you to pick up Jim Collins excellent book, Good to Great. In it he presents the results of exhaustive research into what distinguishes those companies that make the transition from ordinary, to having great results sustained over decades.   One of Collins’ core findings is relevant to every potential leader seeking to create …

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(Influential Leadership) Diversify Your Portfolio of Resources

The Secret Most of Us Miss   The Sandcastle Frustration   Every summer we take a family vacation to Bethany Beach, DE and stay at a beach resort called Sea Colony. We’ve been going to Bethany Beach for more than 20 years!   Every Thursday, Sea Colony runs a sandcastle contest. Dozens of families participate. …

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(Influential Leadership) Surround Yourself With Good People

In his book, Good To Great, Jim Collins presenting his finding that a key distinguisher for the companies that went from merely good to great performers in their market space was what he nicknamed “Level 5” leaders. These aren’t the flashy, flamboyant leaders we read about in the trade press. These are very focused leaders …

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(Influential Leadership) Outcome-Focused Planning

Is effectively managing your time a challenge for you? Do you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day and that you just don’t get to those things that really matter?   If so, you’re not alone. Effective time management seems to be a common ailment among independent professionals and a place where there’s …

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(Influential Leadership) 15 Minutes To Power

Today’s tip is about a technique for overcoming procrastination called “15-Minute Power Chunks”.   The Problem: Lack of Follow Through How often do you find yourself thinking, “I really need to do this (i.e., a certain activity) because I know that doing it will significantly improve my business (life, relationship, career, etc.).”? In other words, …

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