Fill the Knowing-Doing Gap

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The world’s most admired companies know how to stick with it. They may not have completely eliminated the knowing-doing gap, but they have certainly reduced it enough to create a significant competitive advantage. Of course, it’s nice to be recognized as one of the world’s most admired companies. However, bottom-line results are also a key…

Leadership Blind Spots: A Lesson from Seinfeld

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All the questions in the world will not help your team if you are not listening. You don’t learn when you’re talking; you learn when you’re listening. Excellent coaches are also excellent listeners and learners. Mark Twain said, “If we were supposed to talk more than we listen, we would have two mouths and one…

10 Quotes to Boost Team Execution

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Team execution is easy to talk about and much more challenging to, well, execute. So, here are 10 quotes from Stick with It to help make this leadership concept more concrete. The most important thing in business (and life) is to decide what is most important.Saying "Yes" to one thing always means saying "No" to…

Leading with Authenticity

Winning leaders are accessible and authentic. That formula for leadership success has not changed in 25 years. Here are some examples and steps you can take to step up your leadership game. For 25 years, we asked lots of clients and colleagues questions about their experiences with strategy execution (what we call "adherence"), including this…

Leading on Purpose

Cheryl Johnson is Chief Human Resources Officer for Paylocity and has been a client at two different companies, Fossil and ULTA Beauty. During one of our original discussions years ago, we talked about how creating a compelling purpose can ignite a personal passion to go the extra mile. Cheryl was reflecting on one of her first…

3 Words to Change the World

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Although it’s an ambitious goal to change the world, we often underestimate our singular power to change the world of those around us. We don’t have to be a billionaire giving away cars or houses to positively change someone’s world. We each have that same power. We don’t even have to do anything!  We only have…

Leadership is a Verb

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  Leadership builds up, not down.It is active, not passive,Leadership brings a smile, not a frown. Leadership gives credit, not blame.It casts vision, not doubt,Leadership drives change, not same.  Leadership adds value, not clutter.It sees causes, not symptoms,Leadership ignites passion, not a sputter. Leadership helps you swim, not drown.It is inspiring, not expiring,Leadership is a…

Think in Threes

Complexity creates a maze between you and success.  Simplicity creates a clear line of sight. Thinking in 3's is a technique we have been using for years. It is a powerful way to simplify organizational thinking. As a byproduct, it forces prioritization and focus, and the resulting clarity trickles down the organization. For example, we routinely…

Thank You!

Tomorrow begins our 23rd year of service, so we want to thank you for your support and encouragement. It has been our pleasure to serve over 100,000 leaders at every level since 1999. Please accept these two small gestures of gratitude: FREE manifestos that address the five factors of Healthy Growth.FREE excerpt from our latest book, The Power of Positive Coaching…

Teamwork

Teamwork is connected independence. Stunning photography and inspirational quotes are combined in The Nature of Excellence 88-page, coffee-table-size ($14.95) or gift size ($7.95) book. Through the twin lens of insight and imagery, you’ll discover the natural excellence that surrounds us. You will also learn from the wisdom of more than 100 successful people who have…