Archive for December, 2011

Leaders Are Master Learners

December 27, 2011 16 Comments
Leaders Are Master Learners

I caught this interview with Kaki King on CNN today. I’ve never heard of Kaki King, so I was barely paying attention when she said something that just blew me away: I play guitar for a living, and this guitar is way smarter than me. I know that, and I say this a lot, but [...]

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Performance Talks

December 16, 2011 16 Comments
Performance Talks

When I was around 18, I worked as a shift manager at McDonald’s Corporation in Tulsa, Oklahoma. One of the assistant managers that helped me get promoted and then trained me was a man named Don Griffin. I admired Don because he cared about the work that he did and he cared about me and [...]

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Thanking People You Lead Makes Them More Helpful

December 12, 2011 6 Comments
Thanking People You Lead Makes Them More Helpful

The ability to say “thank you” to people that perform well or otherwise advance the shared purpose of the organization is a character strength that I believe we should require from those that we grant the privilege to lead. Expressing gratitude for the contribution of others is a type of reward power that can make [...]

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December 2011 Leadership Development Carnival

December 7, 2011 0 Comments
December 2011 Leadership Development Carnival

Big thanks once again to Dan McCarthy at Great Leadership for organizing another great Leadership Development Carnival. The heavy lifting for this one was done by Kevin Eikenberry at Leadership and Learning. My contribution this month is entitled “The Vice of Ingratitude.” I also really enjoyed “The Accountability Contagion,” by Jason Lauritsen, and “Suspend Your [...]

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