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Think Again

How might our lives look different if we listened more or asked more questions? We’ll break it down in this month’s OOR piece.

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Episode 24 – What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Does love have a valid place in leadership? We say, absolutely yes! In fact, effective servant leadership cannot exist without love. Then why does the term not hold its rightful place in the leadership vernacular alongside concepts like compassion, empathy and respect? Well, it starts with how the word love is defined in this case.

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Episode 23 – PPP: The Power of the Purposeful Pause

A great thinker, Ferris Bueller, once said “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it.” If only Ferris knew how fast life would move in 2021 compared to 1986.

While the world continues to get faster and faster, we are submitting a campaign for slowing down. One of the problems we as humans face is an inability to react both quickly and rationally….consistently.

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Episode 22 – Straight, No Chaser

Would you like your compliment sandwich on white, wheat, or rye? 

We’ll politely decline the sandwich overall and instead ask for a slow-cooked plate of relationship building, a side of trust, and we’ll finish it off with a tall glass of praise.

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Episode 21 – If Anybody is Self Aware, it’s Me

How well do leaders really know themselves? Many like to think they are excellent communicators or attentive listeners. Yet, the true numbers are usually much lower when leaders are pressed for additional insights and examples. So why the disconnect between those who think they are and those who actually are?

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Leading without Authority

BOOK FACTS Title: “Leading without Authority: How the new power of co-elevation can break down silos, transform teams, and reinvent collaboration“ Author: Keith Ferrazzi Publisher:

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Episode 20 – Put Me in Coach, I’m Ready to Lead

The practice of coaching has exploded recently as more and more leaders are looking to increase their overall effectiveness. However, the impact of coaching can be seen not just in the formal coach/client relationship, but also the supervisor/employee relationship as well.

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Episode 19 – Goal Playing

With the new year in full swing, it’s a good time to assess your growth and development. Gauging your effectiveness as a leader starts from a standpoint of humility. Having a keen self-awareness of both your strengths and weaknesses can provide you with the proper foundation for how best to move forward in 2021.

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Episode 18 – The Proof is in the Behavior

If asked whether or not their organization has a set of core values, many leaders would respond in the affirmative. A smaller number could recite all or at least some of those values, as well as identify where those values could be found within the organization (i.e. company intranet, posted on the walls in their building, conference rooms, etc.). We submit that even fewer leaders yet, if many at all, know what those values specifically mean to and within their organization.

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Episode 17 – Quality and Quantity are Key

In this episode, we wrap up the conversation on resilience by looking at some character traits of resilient people. The list is certainly not exhaustive by any means, but rather a starting point when thinking about your own capacity for resilience and how to ultimately grow it.

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Episode 15 – Resiliency: This is Going to Hurt a Little

In this episode, we start a new series centered on a word that quickly became synonymous with 2020 and the ability to handle adversity; resilience. It’s our position that the ability to be resilient is comprised of three factors: personality, or our natural resilience; experience, or our exposure to adversity thus far; and skill set, or the tools we’ve developed in order to become more resilient.

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Episode 14 – Communication: Can You Hear Me Now?

Effective communication is vital to the success of an organization. So much that oftentimes it represents what leaders feel is one of the largest contributing factors to a poor company culture. While sometimes the issue lies primarily with the amount of communication taking (or not taking) place, other times this “quantity perception” is actually masking other problems.

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Episode 13 – The Pressure and Peace of Leadership: Many Hands Make Light(er) Work

As we wind down the conversation on the pressure and peace of leadership, we look at the peace that can come from looking outward. When we lead solely from the standpoint of satisfying our own needs, we miss opportunities to put others as well as the organization in the best position to be successful. This desire to satisfy our own needs can oftentimes lead to fear and arrogance; thereby increasing pressure.

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