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How Rescuing Greyhounds Made Me a Better COO

Posted on December 11, 2016 at 9:55 AM


I adopted two retired racing greyhounds several years ago. Despite their fierce racing image, greyhounds are gentle-natured and don’t need much exercise. Their ability to sleep all day has earned them the nickname “40 mph couch potatoes.” Because of their careers as racers, however, they do require unique care to adjust to life in a home. That experience transitioning them to a ne...

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Leadership Lessons from Former Farmers

Posted on February 26, 2016 at 3:45 PM


I wrote an article on LinkedIn about the lessons I learned as a suburban kid who got shipped out to work on the family dairy farms during summer school breaks. That article hit a wellspring from people who grew up on farms and shared their own lessons that have helped them in their careers after the farm.

Here are the 5 biggest leadership lessons from farming those readers shared.

 

Seeing the Digni...

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7 Tips for Managing Your First Taste of Power at Work

Posted on October 24, 2015 at 4:40 PM

Congratulations! You just got the big promotion to management. People now report to you, you have some budget, and you have some decision-making authority. In short, your new role comes with power. Just like electricity, power is a very useful asset but can be dangerous if misused. Here are 7 tips for how to use your power so you don't abuse or lose it.

 

1) Don't Use it for Personal Gain

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Leveling Lake Wobegon - Five Ways to Fight Grade Inflation in Performance Ratings

Posted on January 15, 2015 at 10:25 AM


Lake Wobegon is a fictional town in Garrison Keillor’s long-running radio show A Prairie Home Companion where it is jokingly said “all the children are above average.” While I am conversationally-dangerous enough in statistics theory to explain how this is possible – hint: average of what? – the point of the joke is insightful. Wherever there is a metric that people feel is...

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Creating a Mission Statement: A Time-Tested Example

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 12:35 AM


Creating a mission statement is a useful way to ensure that everyone in your organization has a consistent understanding of the reason why your organization exists. It is particularly useful for new organizations to lay out to help make sure they stay true to their mission was they grow...

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Six Organizational Design Principles to Foster a Healthy Culture

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 12:35 AM


Over my 20+ years as a consultant and executive, I’ve learned many lessons about how to design a new organization or redesign an existing one. I have summarized those lessons learned into the following six organizational design principles you may want to consider if you are designing a new organization.


Levels – In general organizational design, flatter is bet...

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Creating a Values Statement: A Time-Tested Example

Posted on February 15, 2014 at 11:40 PM


A values statement can be a very useful thing to keep an organization centered on its purpose as it grows and expands. The value statement identifies the few core values and beliefs that the organization has embedded in its core that ties the organization together and differentiat...

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