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Growing At Your Edges

If you’re perfect, disregard this.

All leaders have “growing edges.”  That’s a euphemism for personal challenges.  Which in turn is a euphemism for shortcomings, deficiencies, weaknesses, failings, limitations, flaws, or (more…)

Perils of the End of Recession

The recession ain’t all bad.  For one thing, your employees are a captive audience.  Not many other options out there for them.

But with the recession ending, (more…)

2 Sides of the Leadership Coin

People grow best where they continuously experience an ingenious blend of support and challenge; the rest is commentary.

It’s a rare aphorism that captures the essence of leadership in a single sentence, but (more…)

Curb Their Anger

In an elementary school where I used to teach, the “behavior room” (where the bad kids got sent) displayed this poster:  “It’s okay to be angry. It’s not okay to be mean.”

I don’t care how “invaluable” the employee is — (more…)

Beware the Simplistic Solution

Newsweek recently ran a cover story on “fixing” education.  The cover showed a mock blackboard (do they even use those anymore?) with the words “We must fire bad teachers” written on it multiple times.

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Secret to Success – A “Learning Culture”

In 1962, we came within a hair’s breadth of World War III.  It was a “learning culture” that prevented an unimaginable cataclysm.

The lighted fuse was the Cuban Missile Crisis.  An American spy plane discovered that the Soviets were placing nuclear missiles in Cuba — within easy striking distance of the United States. (more…)

The Power of “Detached Connection”

Last week I spent time with my extended family, whom I love to death. But this visit was unlike any other. I took on a different “way of being” — a leader’s way of being —and in so doing, everybody benefited. (more…)

Welcome to The Path Forward

These are the insights of Path Forward, a leadership development firm comprising facilitators who have trained managers in some of the largest companies in Western Washington, including Boeing, Microsoft, Expeditors International, Gordon Trucking, and Gene Juarez. (more…)