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Category: perspective in leadership

thinking ahead

Thinking ahead in sidewalk construction … and in leadership

A few days ago, I watched a couple of workers put down a sidewalk just outside my office window.  They poured in concrete, and carefully leveled the surface until it was perfectly smooth.  And then, much to my surprise, they

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big picture

Details and the big picture — effective leadership requires a focus on both!

Exceptional leadership requires a dual focus — the ability to visualize the big picture and look ahead, and the skill to examine the details of the present.  A great metaphor is the value of both microscopes and telescopes. Scientific study

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When was the last time you considered your customers’ perspective?

I often talk about how it’s important to change your perspective, both as a leader, and as an employee.  As leaders, we need to think about not just how we look at our operations, but how our clients (internal and

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context matters

When it comes to making good decisions, context matters

When it comes to decision-making, context matters.  As a leader, you are often called upon to make decisions on the basis of information, sometimes limited.  But decisions cannot be made on the basis of data alone.  Consider these situations. Three

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workplace trust

Workplace trust – a critical skill for a leader

For today’s blog post, I’m dusting off a Mega Minute that I wrote almost 13 years ago, back in April 2008.  It is about the importance for leaders to place trust in their employees.  What brought this topic of workplace

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Does risk-taking scare you?

I was recently having a discussion with a client about risk-taking, and I was reminded of an old Indian folklore story my mom told me many years ago.  It was about a farmer who was asked whether he planted wheat

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