Author Archives: erikjul

Leaders are Learners

I and others (Forbes, HBR) have suggested that leaders are readers. Yes, reading can expose us to a world of thought, ideas, and findings that are often condensed, carefully crafted, well organized, and sometimes documented with references to supporting research … Continue reading

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New Habits Need Help

‘Tis the season of resolutions, promises, commitments, or simply an unbridled redoubling of effort to “break” or make habits in the hope of becoming a better person or achieving some goal. Here is a snippet from and actual conversation I … Continue reading

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Need a Place to Lead?

Leading and leadership are often described in positional terms such as: From the top From the front From the middle From the center From the inside out From the heart From behind From the rear From the back From the … Continue reading

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Leaders Are Readers

As a student of my own job, I read a lot.  It’s become a rewarding habit.  That wasn’t always the case for me.  So I understand if reading is not a significant part of your life. In August, 2007, the … Continue reading

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Positive. Immediate. Certain.

31 August 2013 At today’s Toastmasters Leadership Institute, hosted by Division H, I spoke on “Leading a Volunteer Organization.” The principles I highlighted apply to any group enterprise whether business, social, civic, volunteer, not-for-profit, or religious, to name a few. One … Continue reading

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Truth or Consequences: Why What Happens Matters

The truth is, consequences govern behaviors. Decades of psychological studies show convincingly that what happens after we do something significantly affects whether we repeat a certain behavior. Simply put, consequence shapes behavior, and we tend to repeat behaviors that keep … Continue reading

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The View From Here

The modern British Two Pound coin gives homage to the one-time Warden and later Master of the Royal Mint, Sir Isaac Newton, bearing on its edge an inscription, a snippet taken from a 1676 letter from Newton to Robert Hooke: … Continue reading

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