Leadership

Why Good Magicians–and Good Leaders–Have a Plan B

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In card magic, there are a number of secret moves, or “sleights,” that all self-respecting magicians must master. I still remember spending hours, days, and weeks practicing maneuvers like the side pass, the Elmsley count, the glide, and many others. I got fairly good, although my professional magician friends can run circles around me. I was a pretty good amateur, but I was never a master.

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How to Be Both Leader and Team Member

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Big Leadership Question #1:

Can you be both the leader of, and an equal member of, a work team?

Big Leadership Question #2:

How?

For those of you who are scratching your heads and saying, “What the hell is he talking about?” let me explain.

Motivational Speaker Bill StaintonFor 15 years I was the executive producer of a sketch comedy TV show called Almost Live! But for ...

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You Can’t Please Everyone…Nor Should You!

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Are you feeling unloved and underappreciated? That’s okay! You can’t please everyone…nor SHOULD you!

Motivational Speaker Bill Stainton

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Are You Setting Your Team Up For Success…or Failure?

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A friend of mine recently asked me if I could sit in on keyboards with his band for an upcoming gig. I have the night available, so I said sure. A few nights ago I went to a rehearsal so I could meet the other guys in the band and get a feel for the music.

It could have gone better.

Oh, it wasn’t bad, mind you. But it could have gone better. They didn’t show me a set list or any ...

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Are You an Amateur or a Professional?

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What can a concert pianist teach us about business? Nothing much…just the difference between being an amateur and being a professional.

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