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An outstanding player

Last week, I wrote about helping others up a hill, being a team player. This week I’d like to tell you about Sylvia. She immediately comes to mind when I think of outstanding team players. Sylvia takes the team’s mission to heart and feels “privileged” to be part of the plans and decisions to achieve

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What kind of a team member are you?

Your mindset about your team is vital to your success. Your role is to help make the team successful — not just achieving goals but also working well together. Whether you’re a team member or leader, help others do well. Ask questions to learn, to open up thinking. Listen. Think beyond what’s happening now. Consider

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Mining for talent

You can teach someone how do to a job, but you can’t teach them good character or creativity. That was the crux of a conversation I had with “Nick” last week. Nick is an influential leader at a high-tech company who enjoys finding talent others overlook. His favorite finds are musicians, artists of all types,

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Crystal Clear You

As we begin 2020, here’s a habit to develop to make it an outstanding year. It’s a personal strategy to become more successful in something important to you. I’m going to do it. Want to join me? It takes only a couple of minutes to get started and has been proven to make a huge

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No matter how frustrating

After a new client told me about the challenging, sometimes totally frustrating, people she works with, she said something that made me know I would enjoy working with her. “No matter how frustrating they can be, I believe at their core they are good. I have no idea what they’ve gone through in their lives

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She wondered what to say

What do you say to a colleague whose approach is consistently determined, opinionated, and irritating the team? Danielle was wondering how to handle this when team members let her know they were hesitant to bring it to their colleague’s attention for fear of the response. As the senior leader on the team, Danielle felt compelled

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Why I coach

I was working late one night, my door open as usual. Around 10 pm, he saw the light and came to my doorway, surprised HR was open at that hour. He asked if I had a few minutes to talk. I welcomed him in and asked what was on his mind. He was frustrated with

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Three powerful words

Thought you’d appreciate this – it could help with conversations throughout this holiday season and beyond. I was talking with Josh, a thoughtful, dynamic leader who believes in the power of getting to know people. He considers himself a good listener (most of the time, he says) and interested in what others have to say.

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Thanks to you

As I sit here thinking of you, readers of my Sunday messages, I’m filled with appreciation and respect for you. I know you have very full lives and inboxes. The fact that you read my weekly messages warms my heart. Every week for almost two years, I’ve thought about what to write to you. I

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Every day

We get to start over every day. Listen better. Look at differently. Loosen our grip. Linger instead of escaping. Leave instead of staying. Love more. Learn. Lend. Lift. Lead. Leap. It’s our choice.

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