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Are You Making This Mistake When Leading Your Team Through Change?

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[Tweet “Are you making this mistake when leading your team through change?”]Motivational Speaker Bill StaintonYou may have seen the clip; it was all over the news—and not just the sports news. In a November 2014 football game between Utah and ... Continue Reading →
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Are You Planning for the Future or for the Present?

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[Tweet “#TheBeatles made a decision to hire for the future, not for the present. And that decision paid off “]John, Paul, George, and Ringo. The Beatles. Four names as familiar to a generation of fans as any on the planet. But there was a time when it wasn’t John, Paul, George, and Ringo. It was John, Paul, George, and Pete.

Pete Best. The Beatles’ original drummer. The one they fired and replaced with Ringo Starr just when they were on the ...

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Bigger vs. Better: A Case Study

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“You guys should go national!”

I used to hear that all the time.

When I was the Executive Producer of Seattle’s hit comedy TV show Almost Live!, I used to hear that on almost a daily basis. Eventually, I started to believe it. I mean, why not? We were a hit in Seattle. We had some of the best comedy writers in the business. We already had a TV studio. Why shouldn’t we go national?

And then, one day, we got our chance. ...

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Leading Change: The Missing Step

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[Tweet ” Leading a team through change can be difficult, rewarding, messy, profitable, and frustrating.”]Leading a team through change can be difficult, rewarding, messy, profitable, frustrating, and fruitful. But no matter what the experience, it will all be for naught if the leader misses one crucial step of the process—a step that, unfortunately, most leaders do miss.

Sadly, I speak from experience. During my fifteen years as the Executive Producer of Seattle’s sketch comedy TV show Almost Live!, I led my ...

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How Complacency Can Kill You

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Last week I wrote about something my FAA flight examiner said as he signed me off for my pilot’s license: “This is a license to learn. It doesn’t mean you know everything.”

This week I want to tell you what he said immediately after that.

First of all, a little background. I got my pilot’s license after about 50 hours of flight time. (You must have a minimum of 40 hours before you’re eligible ...

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This One Thing Will Make Change Easier

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I just had a client for an upcoming keynote speech tell me, “We’re going through a lot of change right now.”

YOU: “Oh my God, he’s talking about my organization! We’re going through a lot of change right now!”

Okay, before you get too excited [YOU: “Too late!”], you should know that I hear this from nearly every client. I conducted an informal survey (translation: I was still in my pajamas when I made the calls) of some of my fellow motivational ...

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