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  • It’s not what you say, it’s what they see

    It’s not what you say, it’s what they see

    Who doesn't remember the old adage "Do as I say, not as I do"? For today's sophisticated manager, this expression is certainly not appropriate. But how about "It's not what you say, it's what you do"? This variation is better, as it focuses on action. Furthermore, when you do and [More]

  • Mentor Mentee

    Mentor Mentee

    I'm not sure if mentee is a proper word, but it should be. So much has been written about the importance of finding a mentor, but when you get one, what is your role as the mentee? First, consider the reasons a mentor is showing an interest in you. They [More]

  • Give and You Shall Receive

    Give and You Shall Receive

    Many people are not really comfortable developing new business relationships - or personal ones, for that matter. Yet this skill - networking - is critical to business success whether you do it within your organization, or amongst your peers in a trade association or professional group. It increases your value, [More]

  • What would my mentor do?

    What would my mentor do?

    Mentors and coaches hold a special place in most successful managers' careers. They provide advice on difficult decisions, give valuable perspective, and smooth the political way when problems occur. But what should you do if your mentor is not available, and you need their advice? Stalling or deferring your decision [More]

  • Two ears and one mouth

    Two ears and one mouth

    Did you ever wonder how children can so quickly learn new things? And ever hear the expression "Children should be seen, and not heard"? Maybe there is a connection between these two concepts that can help us be better leaders. Consider: it is 100% impossible to learn from others if [More]

  • The Five W’s

    The Five W’s

    During school, we learned about the five W's as elements that should be used in a great story. But as leaders, they serve an even more important purpose. These Five W's, Who, What, Where, When, and Why, along with others like "How", are words that start questions. In particular, they [More]

  • When is the best time to plant a tree?

    When is the best time to plant a tree?

    Q: When is the best time to plant a tree? A: 20 years ago. Q: When is the second best time to plant a tree? A: Today. Right Now. [More]

  • Learning from the Rest

    Learning from the Rest

    Ever hear the expression Learn from the Best? This is great when it comes to a coach or consultant, but a more powerful concept is Learning from the Rest. Each day, we interact with our workmates, friends, and sometimes even the youngest of children. Each of these folks has something [More]

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