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(#401) Improv and Leadership


Incompetent and fear-based managers rely on rigid scripts. Sam Wasson’s Improv Nation: How We Made a Great American Art provides lessons for transformational leadership. As early Improv players experimented and developed the art form, they learned the power of two … Continue reading

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(#319) Relationships and Leadership


The demagogic hot head may catch attention—for a while. But soon he will burn his staff out. Relationships. The concept keeps appearing in one way or another. If we fail to pay attention to the importance of authentic human connections, … Continue reading

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(#297) In Their Words: Leadership and Collaboration


The leadership concepts and exhortations below can be summed up in a word, RESPECT. Respect for your abilities, respect for your followers, respect for your team, respect for the mission, respect for humor, and respect for relationship building. My inspiration … Continue reading

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(#251) Transformational Leadership


These leaders literally transform our workplaces and our lives into empowerment zones. How many have you had? Think of the supervisors you have had over the course of your working life.  Take a moment and write the names of four … Continue reading

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(#158) Effective Leadership Embodies Influence Over Control


“We can’t practice compassion with other people if we can’t treat ourselves kindly.” -Brené Brown- In last week’s post, I listed my top five attributes for effective leadership.  At the top of the list, I had placed the ability to … Continue reading

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(Issue #512) Reflecting On Calm Over Noise


I hope they inspire you (remind you; reinforce you) to look at the grandeur that surrounds your place on this planet. A lot of stuff is grabbing at our attention. And some of it recently has reached critical levels. Whether … Continue reading

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(Issue #479) Lessons by the Numbers


Six short video strategy lessons. This week’s blog evolved from a former student. She reminded me of a guitar metaphor I used in class to highlight six dimensions of growth and resilience. That got me thinking about videos I had … Continue reading

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(Issue #478) A Possibility Conversation


Dig down … why do you remember this and why does it speaks to your soul? Eulogy or résumé virtue? Juxtaposition of experiences leading to a common conclusion. Experience #1 goes back to a challenge I have offered to audiences. … Continue reading

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(Issue #467) Listen. Learn. Lead.


To lead, you must first listen (hear; respect; ask authentic questions). Then learn from the exchange (willingness to change). Two experiences. One message. First experience. I helped organize a candidate forum for our beaches in Duval County (Florida). The candidates … Continue reading

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(#457) Responsibility: Important Questions to Consider


This week’s blog post draws on the fifth core value from Community as a Safe Place to Land (2019): Act with RESPONSIBILITY toward others and ourselves. Our personal dreams and challenges give us direction. Our actions (or inaction) create our reality. The … Continue reading

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