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Why “What” Is More Important Than “How”

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Part of a leader’s job—a big part—is to define the destination. You can call it the vision, the target, the goal. At a certain point, these terms become almost interchangeable. They are all some version of “This is where we want to go.” Problems can arise, however, when the leader follows “This is where we want to go” with a rigid “And this is how we’re going to get there.”

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What’s the Best Size for Your Team?

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Leaders—good leaders, that is—put a lot of thought into the makeup of the various teams for which they’re responsible. They’re very concerned with, as Jim Collins put it, “getting the right people on the bus.” I’ve even written about the 5 people you should have on your team (you can read that post by clicking here). But, what about the size of the team? It turns out, when it comes to teams, size does matter.

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The 5 People You Need On Your Advisory Board

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Call it what you will—mastermind group, advisory board, brain trust, group of drinking buddies that help you solve your problems—we can all benefit from a trusted group of friends and colleagues to bounce ideas off, gain new perspectives, and grow our businesses. Many of my professional speaker buddies belong to two, three, or even more different ...

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Are Your Policies Getting in the Way of Your Team’s Creativity?

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All businesses depend on innovation to stay ahead and thrive in an ever-more-competitive landscape, and all innovation begins with a creative idea. But many businesses have set up policies that actually make it harder for people to come up with and/or implement these vital creative ideas. Is yours one of them?

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3 Lessons for Breakthrough Results from Donald Trump

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Do you want to produce breakthrough results in your business? In your industry? In your life? I’m not talking about incremental results, the “Hey, look, we got a new logo!” kind of results. I’m talking about the game-changers. The quantum leap kind of results that can redefine an industry. If those are the kind of results you want to produce, you might be able to learn a thing or two (or three)…from Donald Trump.

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5 Ways to Build a More Cohesive Team

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I hear it all the time: “How can I get my team to all focus on a single goal? How can I get them pointing in the same direction? Honestly, some days ‘herding cats’ seems easier than leading my team!” I get it.

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As I found out while leading my incredibly creative team at Almost Live! (the sketch comedy TV show ...

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The #1 Reason Most Change Doesn’t Last

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You’ve done the hard work of leading your team through change, but now things are reverting to the way they were before. What went wrong? Here’s the #1 reason most change doesn’t last.

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