Pump

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Destructive leadership rations energy. Productive leadership pumps energy into everyone freely. To share so much, we first have to find and tap for ourselves a virtually unlimited source. And where will find such a source? It’s right here and it’s called appreciation.   In your corner, Mike

Don’t Look Back

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The sages tell us that all our power is in the present. Any time we spend regretting, blaming, or trying to figure out stuff in the past will more likely distract us than help us. Don’t worry about repeating mistakes. We’ve already learned what we could. Set it aside. The future’s calling.   In your […]

We Have the Tools

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The way out of this mess is not argument, denial, criticism, or righteousness. That only stirs up their defenses and prolongs the pain. We need to use the other tools–the ones we may have forgotten about: seeing us as all in this together, believing in them and their goodness more than they do, listening, and […]

To Achieve, Believe

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Sure, we need vision, strategy, and execution. But these alone won’t do. No vision, strategy, or execution survives its first encounter with reality. To navigate the ups and downs, we need a rudder stronger than any plan. Doubt and criticism are poor rudders; they kill. Belief manages reality and enables vision, strategy, and execution. Believe […]

Comfort Is Overrated

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The warning signs at the edges of our comfort zone tell us to stop, go back, stay safe. Our comfort zone will even make up seemingly valid justifications for staying in the zone. Of course, to do something we’ve never done, we have to leave our comfort zone. But first we must catch our justifications. […]

It Only Takes One

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It only takes one person to rise above the drama. It only takes one person to remember the big picture. It only takes one person to commit to the (thus far) impossible. It only takes one person to know that it will all work out better than expected. It only takes one person because when […]

Slow Start

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Why not start today slowly? Before diving into email, calls, or meetings, try sitting quietly for a minute (or three), breathing deeply slowly. Then notice the contrast. My guess? It’ll be rewarding enough to repeat tomorrow.   In your corner, Mike