Being Certain About Uncertainty

October 11, 2016

For many – as a result of globalization, outsourcing, contracting, downsizing, recession and even unforeseen circumstances – “job security” may seem a lot more like wishful thinking than a current truth. It’s an unfortunate reality for thousands of workers across the country and that reality is not easy to live with when we have daily reminders from the media, our peers and our personal experiences.  A sense of “job security” provides us with a sense of certainty and that sense of certainty provides us with a sense of comfort. However, that sense of certainty, not only provides us with that warm sense of comfort, it also tends to usher stagnation […]

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I Saw a Servant’s Heart

September 3, 2016

Business leaders often talk about forward thinking, “seeing the big picture,” or maintaining a 30,000-foot perspective. These phrases are all too familiar, but this week, one man I spoke with offered the highest perspective of all. He removed himself from a very difficult, personal situation and with a single gesture, he left a lasting impression. Here’s what happened: In business, leaders and executives will have to make tough decisions from time to time – it’s part of the job – the kind of decisions that will impact the lives of others, the kind that have nothing to do with poor performance or lack of discipline. No, sometimes those decisions are […]

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High Five Your Neighbor……It’s Time for a New Bus

August 23, 2016

A bus armed with explosives and passengers is traveling down a busy city street. The bus cannot be slowed down or accelerated or the bomb will detonate. The only way to save the passengers is to pull up a new bus alongside the old bus and transfer passengers one by one.” Most people will recognize this description as the movie “Speed.” What most people will not recognize is that this is also the strategy of IT professionals who are tasked with keeping the company running on an old IT platform while transferring employees to a new system one by one. In today’s world of talented, well-educated IT professionals, leaders are […]

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Perception is Reality, and Reality isn’t Always Kind

June 15, 2016

“You were not open to feedback. Not only did you come across disinterested in receiving any feedback at all, but you seemed disinterested in any clarity surrounding the feedback you were provided with. In fact, you came across quite strong, you came across as if you were ready for war.” I can still remember those very words, and I’ve had to reflect on them quite a lot lately. When I heard them, my first instinct was to defend myself and respond with, “No, that’s not how I came across!” And, while I didn’t quite give in to that instinct, that very notion was certainly projected through various nonverbal cues. But, […]

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Failure Is Not the Opposite of Success, It’s Part of It.

June 1, 2016

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time,” said Thomas Edison. Just over a year ago, I wrote a post entitled,“Life Beyond an Epic Fail,” in which I talked about three leadership principles you can engage to overcome a failure, ensuring it will not be repeated. Recently, though, I learned I actually overlooked something when writing that post. Thanks to one of my daughters, I learned how important it is to celebrate our failures. The old proverb says, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” but we tend to disagree. Most of us know what […]

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