How Not to Be a Power-Trippy Control Freak

Trust is a core currency of any relationship. Sometimes our need to control and micromanage everything erodes our confidence in ourselves and others. The truth: People are much more capable than we think. A hearty dose of trust is often what's needed to unlock the...

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Reasons to Be: Then and Now

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is...

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Leading From Profit or Leading From Purpose?

The Case for Leading From Purpose   Below is a real-life example of leading from profit (names and source excluded for obvious reasons). In this situation, everyone is operating from fear and there is no realistic accountability. Behind the scenes, every job is...

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Rewards: What’s In It For Me?

"It's a good job."   This seems to be the standard response when it comes to well-paid union jobs with pensions and benefits, no matter how you frame a question about working in one. Q: How is it going at¬†Union Job? A: It's a good job. Q: Do you like working at...

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Systems: How Do I Do That?

Motivation to make systems?...meh.   Why do so many independent businesses struggle with effective systems? I don't know about you, but I have a bit of an aversion to the word, "system", possibly because of The System. The words we use to create and document...

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Clear Communication: What did you say?

Clear communication is a hallmark of any good relationship, which includes your relationship with your team members and your customers. It is a mark of respect and genuine connection. The previous post, Expectations: I can't read your mind, was about identifying and...

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Expectations: I can’t read your mind.

Clear and realistic expectations are a big deal.   What can you expect from your team, what can they expect from one another and what can they expect from you? This is a tough one, right? Every person has an individual set of expectations that arise from values,...

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Roles: What Exactly Am I Doing Here?

The Transition from Generalizing to Specializing   You know how that goes, right? As an entrepreneur, you started out being everything to every part of your business and maybe you are still in that situation. Depending upon the nature of your business, it is next...

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Is Your Business Purposeful or Personal?

  It's your business, right? You own it. Of course it's personal...but, is it really?   A Separate Entity Starting a business is not unlike creating a work of art, writing a book or recording an album. Another analogy is having children. Whether you have a...

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What is Good Leadership?

  What does "Good Leadership" mean to you? People are starting businesses left, right and center with some incredibly conflicting concepts of how to be a leader inside the workplace. It isn't surprising that "Good Leadership" can mean many things; I mean, our...

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