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Nelson Mandela, Servant Leader

Nelson Mandela, Servant Leader

Nelson Mandela’s name is filling the world’s airways this week—in eulogy, analysis, discussion, and praise. His positive contribution seems to inspire universal agreement. And this unanimity is quite instructive. Why do we all agree about Mandela? After all, it seems we’re supposed to be painfully divided nowadays. Opposing sides are determined to avoid agreement at […]

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Shopping for Engagement: Cyber Monday’s Management Lessons

Shopping for Engagement: Cyber Monday’s Management Lessons

For decades, Black Friday has been a hot media topic every November. The biggest shopping day of the year has evolved into a weekend of jaw-dropping sales, shoppers camped out in sleeping bags, and crowds shoving their way to deeply discounted wares. I won’t even go there. But what about Cyber Monday, Black Friday’s younger […]

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When I Used to Be a Guy

When I Used to Be a Guy

As a leadership coach, the conversations I have with professionals aren’t often strictly work related, because the lines between our personal and professional lives aren’t always as bold as we might choose to believe. After all, leadership, like life, comes down to understanding ourselves and others. So it seems appropriate that a leadership blog should […]

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BooHoo to Yahoo!: The Pros and Cons of Telecommuting

BooHoo to Yahoo!: The Pros and Cons of Telecommuting

Recently, Yahoo! announced a major policy change that will de-authorize working remotely. Apparent reason: the struggling tech giant thinks it’s missing out on the positive results of face time among their people, forfeiting the creativity and other benefits encouraged by in-person interaction. A quick and widespread outcry has followed this move—not surprising in today’s constant-breaking-news-fanned-by-social-media […]

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Crisis, Change, and Fiscal Cliffs: What Congress Isn’t Doing Wrong

Crisis, Change, and Fiscal Cliffs: What Congress Isn’t Doing Wrong

The fiscal cliff. The sequester. The continuing resolution. Whatever name we’re using to describe Congress’s budget predicament of the moment, the media’s tone of consternation remains consistent and seems tinged with a sort of looming dread. As if these “crises” are like asteroid collisions or threatening weather events—things that are about to happen to us. […]

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A Great Help to Thankfulness

A Great Help to Thankfulness

This time of year, it’s especially appropriate to remember Charles Dickens‘s observation that “Not knowing where one’s next meal is coming from ’tis a great help to thankfulness.” Most leaders don’t fret about their next meal, but we sure can squander our time worrying about a jillion other things. Well, I suggest you let yourself […]

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