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How to Turn a Reorganization Into a Leadership Disaster

Today’s guest post is by Mike Figliuolo, co-author of Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results (you can get your copy by clicking here). You can learn more about Mike and the book

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“Papers please.” A John Ray birthday lesson worth remembering

Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho once said, Everything will be okay in the end. If it isn’t okay, it isn’t the end. It’s become one of my favorite inspirational quotes, for a number of reasons. I’m enamored with the


Lead With A Story


On Leading Pioneers versus Settlers

Keeping a team motivated when they’re doing a traditional role is easy, because you have all the traditional tools of leadership at your disposal. But what if you’ve asked a team to do a job that isn’t normal? A job without the typical and recognizable rewards—that atypical "special assignment" off the standard career path? The uncertainty and lack of a common experience make it difficult to get people to take those jobs, and harder to get them to stay. If that’s your situation, you need the [read more]

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“Did I win or lose today?”: What business can learn from the high-stakes game of politics

One of my favorite scene’s in Lewis Carroll's classic book, Alice in Wonderland, is when Alice asks the Cheshire Cat, ‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’ The cat replies, ‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.' ‘I don’t much care where—’ says Alice. 'Then', says the cat, "it doesn’t matter which way you go.” It’s one of those lines that both hilarious and profoundly true at the same time. Politics vs. Business Unlike Alice’s meanderings in [read more]

Parenting with a Story

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How a 5-year-old boy found his compassion on a street corner in Caracas

Learning to be generous with what we have is difficult for most people. By nature we’re selfish. Our instincts drive us to find food, shelter, and clothing— not for strangers, but for ourselves and our immediate family. Nurturing compassion and generosity for others means demonstrating it through your own behavior, but also celebrating it when you see it in your young person. Today’s story is one of my favorite examples. On the way to the toy store At one point in her career, Kim Dedeker [read more]

Shawn Callahan

“Why are you sitting on your ass?”

As is true with many people, Shawn Callahan learned much about what he thinks about work from his earliest job. Only unlike most people, Shawn’s first boss was a former United States Marine, and his father. Shawn’s dad served in the Vietnam War, after which he was assigned a post at the U.S. Embassy in Australia. By the time Shawn was a teenager, his father was running a business in the capital city of Canberra installing commercial kitchens in local restaurants. Shawn's first job One [read more]