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Peter Principle Pitfalls

Here’s an all too common problem in organizations today, promoting people to a management position – but not teaching them the skills they will need to manage effectively. We call this the Peter Principle, based on the book by the same name and the extensive research of the author of that book, Dr. Lawrence J. […]

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The Power of Persistence

Conventional wisdom says finishing is what really counts. But I have a different take. I’ve found the only way to finish is to just keep starting – over and over again. My philosophy on starting comes from years of running. Back in the day (don’t you just love it when somebody says that) when I […]

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You Are Your Own Product

Here’s a lesson that is seemingly being forgotten today; we get paid based on the value we bring to the marketplace. Our value in the marketplace is based on the contributions we make – not based on effort. Trying is good, but delivering the goods is what really counts. This is why personal development is […]

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Stop Fixing – Start Innovating

When it comes to dealing with problems, or to be politically correct, challenges, we’ve all heard the tired old motivational clichés like: “Turn your lemons into lemonade” or “You can’t unscramble eggs but you can make a terrific omelet.” Somehow those clichés don’t seem to get the job done when it comes to finding real […]

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The Value of Being Disciplined

A Few Simple Disciplines The late Jim Rohn had the best definitions of failure and success I’ve ever heard. Jim said: “Failure is the result of a few errors in judgment – repeated every day – and success is the result of a few simple disciplines – practiced every day.” Makes sense, doesn’t it? We […]

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Success Key: See Failure As Feedback

There’s an old adage that says success breeds success and, to a certain extent that’s true. Successful people tend to make success a habit, regardless what they do. The reality however is that successful people have a whole different take on failure than most. The successful, in any endeavor, learn from their failures and mistakes […]

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5 Keys for Building Trust

           “The best way to find out if you can trust someone is to trust         them.”                                                           Ernest Hemingway   Successful leaders develop relationships with their team based on trust. When employees trust and respect their leader(s) they give extra effort – especially when they feel supported and informed. Trust is the gold standard for relationship […]

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The Power of Empowerment

Empower: Giving the authority or power to do something. The most common definition of management is : “Getting things done through people.” The most common problem in the marketplace today is promoting an employee to a management position – then not teaching him or her how to manage. As a result, management becomes micromanagement – […]

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A Bias For Action

A bias for action is one of the most necessary traits for an Outperformer. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a business owner or an employee committed to contributing to the success of your company, you’ll need to have – or develop – a bias for action if you want to be successful. Studies find that the […]

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The Power of Just Saying “No”

Saying no to the requests of others may actually mean saying yes to your real values and priorities. Sounds a bit counter intuitive but, saying no to opportunities, to requests for meetings, or to contribute to worthy causes might actually be one of our most important tools in our arsenal for improving performance, productivity and […]

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