Your Success Story: Are You Writing it Wrong?

Your past success might be holding you back. When something is working, it can be hard to think critically and accept that you will need to change and grow in order to continue thriving. For example, What do these three businesses have in common? All 3 seemed too big to fail, but died because they…

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Your Lack of Self-Awareness is Expensive

Self-Awareness – noun: conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives, and desires. Michael Scott was America’s funniest oblivious boss. And for those who never watched The Office, he was the usually well intentioned boss, often rude, and extra inappropriate boss America loved to laugh at. Part of what made him so funny was how…

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Leaders Deserve Boundaries

I once managed a retail store.  Things were going great. Our numbers were way up. People were happy.  About a month in, while I was hanging out with my family on the weekend, I got a phone call from an assistant manager. He had a ton of experience, was great with people, and I could…

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Why is change so hard for my team?

I get asked this question a lot, and the truth is 70% of change initiatives fail. The good news is being able to effectively create change on your team is an easy way to stand out from the crowd as a leader people want to work for and with. Because change is really hard for…

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Why are you such a bad listener?

Say it with me, “I am not a good listener.” As a leader, lack of listening skills is a problem.  When you don’t understand your team, you make bad decisions.   🕶A lot of conflict can be avoided by simply taking the time to understand the situation before we respond.  Listening is a skill few people…

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Where are all of the future leaders?

If you are a leader, developing other leaders is your mission. It is what leaders do! I know you know this, or you wouldn’t be subscribed to Leader’s Lens! I also know a lot of you are fighting to make leadership development more of a priority in your organization. While development is treated like a…

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5 things bad teams have in common

As I started building a career in leadership, I loved working with people who I knew were underestimated. I earned a reputation for helping turn around low-performing teams–170% YoY Sales, 40% increase in NPS scores, blah blah blah. I observed underperforming teams always had 5 things in common: It drove me crazy hearing leaders talk…

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What makes leaders great?

🕶 Last week I had the chance to ask this question to Michael Girdley, CEO of a $100 million a year holding company. Click here to listen to our podcast episode. Most conflicts happen because of one of four reasons. Let’s start with Differing values. They can turn a well-oiled machine into a clanking heap…

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What to do when things aren’t working…

Leaders of the world! I appreciate you being here. It’s incredible thinking that I’ve been writing this Newsletter for over a year. (I used to write two newsletters each week, smh.) Today, we’re diving deep into something that will be a game-changer for any leader aiming to build a cohesive team—Patrick Lincioni’’s Five Dysfunctions of…

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WAGMI: Leading in a Time of Crisis

A lot of people in Palo Alto were running around with checks on Friday, trying to open new accounts after this announcement from the FDIC.  If you are out of the loop on the SVB bank closure and why it is devastating to the Startup community, I recommend reading this article by my Workweek friend…

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