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The Slow Boil: Why We Shouldn’t Shy Away from Politics When Discussing Leadership

Some people, I have found, are displeased when we mix politics with talk of leadership. Readers who feel this way, I surmise, just want to stay focused on what they know to be an important subject without having to wade through someone’s political opinions to get to the point. They want to be free to talk business and share knowledge of their profession without … Read More The Slow Boil: Why We Shouldn’t Shy Away from Politics When Discussing Leadership

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7 Things Bartending Taught me About Leadership

For several years (a lifetime ago), I tended bar in Madison, Wisconsin. It wasn’t all sunshine and roses, but I worked with some of the best people I’ve known and learned some important lessons about life. Many of those lessons have to do with leadership. The tales you collect working in a bar are long and varied, but I recollect just a few below … Read More 7 Things Bartending Taught me About Leadership

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When Your Position isn’t Giving You the Power to Lead

Have you ever had the sudden realization that your promotion didn’t magically provide you with the gravitas you need to get people to listen to what you have to say? How about when you know more about your job and even the business than your boss, but you can get her to take your advice or even take you seriously? Maybe you’ve been given the responsibility … Read More When Your Position isn’t Giving You the Power to Lead

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Understanding Power

There is a difference between personal power and positional power. Personal power comes from things like this: Knowledge Talent Experience Charisma Savvy Intelligence Wisdom Empathy Positional power comes from things like this: Institutional support Discipline and reward authorization Hiring and firing authority Budget control Decision-making role Workload determination Wage determination Developmental and professional support Personal and positional power are not mutually exclusive. You can have personal power without … Read More Understanding Power

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Leadership in a New Era

Donald Trump is a study in what not to do if you strive to be an effective and ethical leader. He is a twisted amalgam of every bad boss, shitty parent, and megalomaniacal tyrant throughout history. We can point to his appalling public speaking ability, his poor communication skills, his shocking lack of intelligence, his cowardice, his petty and spiteful nature, and say, “This is precisely … Read More Leadership in a New Era