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5 frogs on a log

Brief and thought provoking. Question: Five frogs are sitting on a log. Four decide to jump off. How many are left? Answer: Five. Why? Because deciding and doing are not the same thing. –A child’s riddle

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Your worst boss

Who’s the worst boss you’ve ever had? You! When I heard Seth Godin say that, it made me chuckle. It’s true. You wouldn’t keep working for someone who constantly berates you, calls you names, questions your capabilities, continually compares you to others. Our negative internal voice can be relentless. But, I believe we also are

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Locked in leadership

  I heard this impressive story recently and want to pass it on to you because I bet you work with teams that could benefit from it. Picture this: Six astronauts locked into the International Space Station zooming around the globe for five months. Working and living together in tight quarters 24/7. “Six men in

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Dig deeper

There are times I read something and it hits me at my core, connects with me in a meaningful way. I have no problem remembering the words. That’s what I felt when I read these three succinct statements in the New Yorker: Dig deeper. Think harder. Look further. It hit me because it’s what I

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Do your people know what inspires you?

“Teddy” talked about a frustrating employee who is doing an OK job but has said and done a few things that make her wonder what kind of team player he really is. He’s not showing the verve he had for the role when he interviewed for it earlier this year. He’s more ‘me’ focused than

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Allow your brilliance to shine

My friend “Mel” works for a big, well-reputed finance firm. Recently, she started night school to pursue a degree in medicine. Being a doctor is a dream she’s had since she was a child but never thought she had the smarts for it. Now she believes she does. Unfortunately, she has to lead a double

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Make it team work not fear work

A coaching client (Molly) asked, “What do you do when one of your staff does not keep you in the loop?” One of hers had finished a project requested by the VP (Molly’s manager) and sent it to the VP without copying Molly or letting her know it was completed. The staffer thought Molly was

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How to build (and re-build) trust

Trust is at the core of every good work environment. When you can trust that you will be treated with respect, that you will have opportunities to express your thoughts and ideas without being cut off or minimized, that you will not be judged or talked about inappropriately because of how you look or sound,

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My cousin Emma

I am very happy for my 14-year-old cousin, Emma. As a high school freshman, she is learning a lot about herself by expanding her comfort zone, doing something she did not want to do. She joined the swim team. Emma is not competitive and has preferred for years the individuality of martial arts training. But

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What do you see yourself doing?

This is so true: What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within us out into the world, miracles happen. * Every one of us longs to get better at something or unleash something we carry within. For you,

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