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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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Hold That Thought!

“Hold that thought,” said the office administrator with outstretched hand, signalling a friendly “stop.”  I was in the middle of making a routine request for her assistance. Hold that thought, an idiomatic was of saying, often by way of interruption, “Wait a second, I’ve … Continue reading

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Map Reading

Safely through a narrow channel, wind and waves at our back, the bows of our canoes pierced Little Batchewaung Bay in Quetico Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. A party of three in two canoes–I and my daughter in one, my son paddling his open … Continue reading

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Chief Learner

A friend of several years has just stepped into a leadership position in his organization, and we chatted recently about his new role and its challenges. We discussed his observations, goals, and near-term objectives.  He had good insights and ideas, and already has … Continue reading

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