Succeeding in Spite of COVID-19

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Companies all over the world are being challenged to find new ways to serve their customers and communities while trying to keep their employees safe. Heroic efforts by many organizations attempting to do business during this have resulted in employees who are suffering from fatigue and burnout.

Wartime and peacetime CEOs

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In 2001, Ben Horowitz of Andreessen Horowitz described the Peacetime and the Wartime CEO. During “peacetime” a company can focus on expanding, providing a large advantage over the competition. Conversely, in “wartime”, a company must fend off an imminent threat.

Did You Hear What I Just Said?

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“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” ~George Bernard Shaw  When it comes to communication, most of us think we’re pretty good at it. But how often have you told your spouse, child, teammate, or subordinate how to perform a task, only to discover the results are not what you expected?

How to Raise Self-Awareness as a Leader

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What are your strengths and weaknesses?  This is an important question for you, as a leader, to seriously consider.  Digging into this issue will help you to become “self-aware”. This increases your ability to be a stronger leader.

Wring Your Hands or D.A.R.E

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Everything is in flux.  People accustomed to commuting to offices are adjusting to working from home.  Families are trying to find new and creative ways of interacting and entertaining themselves.  Schools (from kindergarten through college) are attempting to find a balance between safety and education.

Accountability in the Workplace in Uncertain Times

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When COVID-19 struck and forced many of us to start working from home, a somehow old but new conversation started on a vast scale. Suddenly leaders had to find ways to hold their employees accountable while they were out of the office. While grappling with the threat of an ongoing pandemic, trying to adjust to at-home work, and maybe even

JULY 2020 ANSWER TO THE QUESTION OF THE MONTH: The best boss I ever worked for was so good because… How does that relate to how you manage people today?

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The best boss I ever worked for was so good because …  How does that relate to how you manage people today? 1. I worked as a bar manager in college.  The owner was so good because he cared.  We had some great late-night conversations that went well into the wee hours of the morning.  He was interested and he