Sometimes, they won’t care.

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There will be a time in your life when you need to say something to someone.  From your perspective, it’s the truth.  Sometimes the truth can be ugly and hurtful, but it still needs to be said.  Unfortunately, there are times when people won’t care about what you have to say.  What should you do?

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Make your promises count.

img_0354Came across this verse as I was reading tonight.  I wanted to write an article that was short and spiritual.  Something like this:

It is a very rare thing for me to make promises.  I simply don’t want to break them.  I don’t want my words to be taken lightly.  I say something and I’m sincere about it.  As a boss in the middle, we should all follow this model.

That, however, is an irresponsible and untrue representation of the truth.  Let me explain who I really am and what I learned tonight.

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When is receiving more important than giving?

IMG_0475It’s necessary to provide feedback to everyone on your team.  This team includes; your manager, colleagues on your level and direct reports. This feedback can be good or bad, but it’s a non-negotiable activity for high performing teams.  By creating the proper environment, the hope is, someone will give you feedback as well.  Being a leader means you must hear this feedback and apply it, if necessary.  Continue reading for thoughts on creating an environment where true feedback is received.

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Don’t waste your focus.

IMG_0375As a boss in the middle of this crazy world, we are always focused on something. Sometimes it’s exactly what we should focus on, sometimes it’s not. But we are always focused. Basically, we need to focus, on what we focus on. I am purposely saying the word “focus” a lot. It should be a focal point. Read on for my perspective of proper and improper focus.

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How to stop worrying, like a boss.

IMG_0382.PNGThis isn’t one of those bible verses that are hard to understand or easily taken out of context.

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

It’s the old classic, “don’t worry” verse.  But, there’s more to it.  As a boss in the middle of this crazy world, it’s essential that you understand this truth.

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You gotta listen…

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High performance teams require strong leaders, capable of influencing experts towards a specific goal. Leading a group toward any vision requires an understanding of people. This understanding only comes by listening…

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Before you give up, try this…

DD79AA6C-DF76-4DAA-BA26-2DB794215570You’ve all been there… At the end of your rope with no hope.  Delaying what you feel is inevitable, with futile attempts to stay relevant to your goal.  As you hang in the balance and your mind shifts towards giving up, to save yourself the embarrassment of failure, there’s one more thing you should try…

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Is the CEO initiative genuine?

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A few days ago, CEO’s took part in a CEO initiative, aimed at bringing to light social issues in an attempt to attract attention and find solutions.  But I’m wondering if these CEO’s are only taking a stand for human rights, the environment, etc., because their desire is to be viewed positively by the public.  Does acting in this manner give their revenue stream a boost?  I’m certain that it doesn’t hurt.  This makes me question the sincerity of their efforts.

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