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National Geographic Communication Style

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Are you familiar with the National Geographic magazine?  I can’t imagine there is anyone in North America who hasn’t seen a National Geographic magazine at some point in time. The first magazine was published on September 22, 1888, nine months after the National Geographic Society was founded.  It has been published monthly ever since.  The magazine is known for its …

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Lead Like Nobody’s Watching

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We’ve all heard the saying, “Dance like nobody’s watching.”  It may resonate a little more with women because they seem to have a natural desire to dance, but I think most men also understand the essence of the expression. Go for it!  Don’t hold anything back!  Who cares what anybody thinks?! We can certainly appreciate the commitment behind the adage.  …

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Fire In The Belly

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Do you like horses?  I don’t.  For the most part I think horses are “evil”.  It seems that every time I attempt to “get back on the horse” I get bucked off again. Four of us were riding at Douglas Lake Ranch – one of the largest ranches in the world.  My valiant steed was named “Pudding”.  And his mannerisms …

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What Are You Thinking?

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We met John decades ago when he was 12.  He lived with his mom and brother.  He never knew his father. The family was barely scraping by. Anne and I did what we could to help the family in various ways, and enlisted the help of some of our friends as well.  At the time we were leading our church …

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For Whom Do You Communicate?

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We were sitting in his office discussing what he recognized was a problem of sorts in his leadership: the way he sometimes communicates to people.  Empathy isn’t his strong suit.  He’s a good leader and he moves the ball down the field, but it’s sometimes at the expense of relationship. He is self-aware enough to know that empathy is a …

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There Are 2 Kinds of People…

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There are 3 kinds of people in this world – those who are good at math, and those who aren’t. Ok, I guess there are just 2 kinds of people. Have you ever heard that expression – “There are 2 kinds of people…”?  I have heard multiple varieties of this euphemism.  One of my favourites comes from Clint Eastwood in …

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Words of Wisdom

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Small bites of wisdom feed an appetite for learning. I love small words of wisdom that contain a big truth: the kind of truth that shifts my perspective and my leadership.  Over the years there have been many words of wisdom – truth articulated by others – that have provided direction, clarity or encouragement just when I needed it. I …

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Dead Heads Happen

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“In a calm sea every man is captain.”  So the saying goes… What does it mean? Well, you don’t really discover true leadership until things get rough.  It takes the storms of life to stir up the strength of leaders.  When others withdraw, leaders step up and step in. We hit a little “storm” recently. Two buddies and I decided …

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3 Degrees From Great

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“That’s lame.” “There’s no way we’re doing that song – forget it.” And so went the response to Randy Bachman’s pitching of his song “White Collar Worker” to his BTO band mates. He liked the song. He knew there was something special about it, but he also knew it was lacking something.  He just couldn’t put his finger on it. …

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As You Think, So You Are

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I was reminded of an old proverb recently: “As a man thinketh so he is”. I had the pleasure of listening to Amy K Hutchens speak at a leadership event.  Amy is passionate about 2 things:  1. Changing how people think.  2. Changing how people behave. Isn’t that really what leadership is all about?  Enabling, empowering, equipping people to change …

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