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Doing your job or doing your work?

Are you doing your job or are you doing your work?  Job and work.  Is there a difference? Absolutely. A restaurant owner’s job is to produce great food.  But the best restaurants are the ones that also focus on giving

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What happens when people can’t see the “big picture”

The first of two recent situations where people cannot see past the short-term to their long-term advantage. As a leader, your ability to never lose sight of the “big picture” is critical!

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A leadership lesson from how owls hunt

Nature abounds with lessons, and I am always fascinated to discover that many of those lessons offer insights into leadership.  I was recently reading about owls, and I was excited to discover yet another leadership lesson. Did you know that

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Boiling the ocean will not result in good decisions

As a leader, it is your responsibility to make good decisions.  In your department or organization, you are likely called on repeatedly to evaluate and implement a variety of projects.  And many of these initiatives will probably require investigation and

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A leadership lesson from monarch butterflies

Every fall, millions of monarch butterflies leave their summer homes in Canada and the northern United States and travel over 3,000 miles south to their winter home in the mountains of central Mexico. Even though the journey is long and

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When it comes to managing the rumour mill, partial information is better than no information

The ancient philosopher Aristotle said Horror vacui, or “Nature abhors a vacuum.” His point was that if a vacuum exists in the physical world, it is only momentary, as it immediately fills with the material surrounding it, without any regard

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