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Right Risk

We must take risks if we are to grow personally and professionally. Risks are a part of a fully-lived life. But in the co...

Positively M.A.D.

Are you inspired by tales of people who make a difference in the world despite all odds?

Courage Goes To Work

Courage Goes to Work is for every manager who has ever struggled with how to get their employees to have more backbone. ...

A Leadership Kick in the Ass

Did you boss tell you to stop brown-nosing?

  • The Four Stages of a Career Setback

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    The Four Stages of a Career Setback

    Over the course of your career, you’re bound to have a few startling setbacks. In my new book, A Leadership Kick in the Ass, I explain why setbacks and failures often provide valuable lessons that can actually enhance your career. Career butt-kicks share a four common stages, each of which is d...

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    April 19, 2017

  • Getting to Acceptance

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    Getting to Acceptance

    Over the course of your career, you’re bound to have a few startling setbacks. In my new book, A Leadership Kick in the Ass, I explain why setbacks and failures often provide valuable lessons that can actually enhance your career. The trick is learning to accept the lessons that setbacks can pr...

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    April 19, 2017

  • The Case Against Intuition

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    The Case Against Intuition

    By Nat Greene The following is an original blog post, based on lessons and concepts in Nat Greene’s new book Stop Guessing When facing tough problems, many leaders encourage their team’s ideas to spring forth in the hopes that one or two really powerful ones will emerge. Whether it’s brainstor...

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    April 19, 2017

  • Functional and Dysfunctional Leadership

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    Functional and Dysfunctional Leadership

    If you’re aim is to be an effective leader, you need to be crystal clear about the differences between functional and dysfunctional leadership. It all comes down to getting the right blend of confidence and humility. We consider leaders functional when they carry the right blend of confidence a...

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    September 30, 2016

  • Five Key Characteristics of Goals That Motivate

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    Five Key Characteristics of Goals That Motivate

    As a leader, you want to set clear and achievable benchmarks for your team. Consider these five key characteristics to create goals that motivate! 1.     Clarity Clear goals are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Time-bound.  When a goal is clear and specific, people know w...

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    September 9, 2016

  • Leading Change in Your Organization

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    Leading Change in Your Organization

    Great leaders are able to ignite change in their organizations and effectively combat the resistance that often keeps changes from being implemented. Though resistance is a natural and inevitable part of the change process, it still gets in the way. What follows are some ways to help people emb...

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    August 31, 2016

  • How to Have the Courage to Embrace Millennials and Succeed

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    How to Have the Courage to Embrace Millennials and Succeed

    Keep Calm and have the courage to Maximize Millennial Power Guest post by Dan Negroni Millennials are the Power. In the next decade, they will be the most prevalent and dominant generation in the workplace. Technology is changing the world at hyper speed and millennials are the definition of in...

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    August 31, 2016

  • 5 Keys to Building TRUST

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    5 Keys to Building TRUST

    In my work as a courage-builder, I describe three distinct types of courage: TRY Courage, TRUST Courage, and TELL Courage. TRY Courage is taking action to do something you’ve never done before. TELL Courage is being a truth-teller, especially when it’s hard to assert your truth. TRUST Courage i...

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    August 15, 2016

  • Four Skills for Open-Door Leaders

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    Four Skills for Open-Door Leaders

    My bet is that the leaders you most admire are the ones who left you better off than they found you by creating opportunities that helped you grow. How? By being open to you, valuing your input and perspective. By being open with you, telling you the truth even if the truth is difficult to hea...

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    July 27, 2016

  • Risk Is Always There

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    Risk Is Always There

    Though risk may be easiest to observe in macro level trends, it often hides unseen in the normal routine of our everyday lives. Risk is ever-present but only noticed when we stop to think about it. Consider the risks you face in your own life: Do you regularly drive 10 mph over the speed limit...

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    July 12, 2016

  • THE 5 P’S OF RISK TAKING

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    THE 5 P’S OF RISK TAKING

    Risk taking is, for better words, a risky business, albeit a necessary factor in successful decision making. Use these 5 P’s to help guide you on your path towards choosing the RIGHT risks to take. PASSION: By arousing the strongest, most untamed parts of our nature, and stirring up the wild mu...

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    July 12, 2016

  • Courageously Fearful

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    Courageously Fearful

    I’m an ex-high diver. Every day for seven years I would climb to the top of a hundred-foot high-dive ladder (the equivalent of a ten-story building) and stand atop a one-foot-by-one-foot perch. Then, after a quick prayer, I would leap into the air like an eagle taking flight. Except eagles soar...

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    July 12, 2016

  • How to Choose a Mentor

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    How to Choose a Mentor

    The benefits of having a mentor are big. A survey of Fortune 500 companies found that 96% of executives credited mentoring as an important development tool and 75% said mentoring played a key role in their career success. But how do you get a mentor? Many employees and managers complain about n...

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    May 25, 2016

  • BUBBILY’ BOO

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    BUBBILY’ BOO

    While on an epic vacation to Spain a few summers ago I learned a valuable leadership lesson from my kids. My son began singing the “Bubbily’ Boo” song while we were waiting at a bus stop one day. We all joined in, singing the song as different characters. My son Alex said to Ian “Sing it like d...

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    May 20, 2016

  • Catch Them off Guard

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    Catch Them off Guard

    Inspiring creativity and imagination often requires disrupting people’s mental routine and catching them off guard. For example, a large manufacturer of paper plates held a series of marketing meetings. For people who spent most of their working life centered on this commodity product, the way ...

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    May 4, 2016

  • Consider Your Words

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    Consider Your Words

    Sometimes just making small language shifts can have a huge impact on how people define themselves and their roles. The owner of a $5 billion construction company wanted his division heads to do less managing and more leading. For decades, the division heads had been called business group manag...

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    April 22, 2016

  • How to Give Feedback That Helps

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    How to Give Feedback That Helps

    Leading courageously often involves sharing feedback, both bad and good, with those around you. But feedback can be really hard to give, and it’s even harder to take. It helps to view it in terms of being constructive, helping people grow, or destructive, which simply seeks to “fix” people. Whe...

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    April 12, 2016

  • Delegation Can Be Your Friend

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    Delegation Can Be Your Friend

    Delegation can often seem like a time suck, but remember this: taking a task off of your plate leaves you more time. How could you spend that extra time? Additionally, delegation empowers those you lead and gives them a greater sense of responsibility towards the success of the project or organ...

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    April 12, 2016

  • Leadership – Where to Start?

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    Leadership – Where to Start?

    What is the starting point of leadership? A lot of people are confused by this. In working with thousands of leaders, I hear this all the time. I once had dinner with a 33 year old young man about to take over a 3rd generation company. Just like a lot of well intentioned leaders, he was also co...

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    April 12, 2016

  • Be Real: Lead From Your HEART

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    Be Real: Lead From Your HEART

    As a practical matter, it’s a good idea to care about your people. When they know you care about them, they will care about you—and your success. In fact, you’ll know that you’re truly a leader who cares when the people you lead start seeking and valuing your input, when they take an interest i...

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    January 29, 2016

  • Build Your Confidence, Not Your Fear

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    Build Your Confidence, Not Your Fear

    Fear and excitement prompt the same neurological responses. Think for a moment about what happens to you physiologically when you are really, really afraid. Your heart races, your palms sweat, your breath gets faster and shorter, and your stomach teems with butterflies. Well, guess what? Those ...

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    January 29, 2016

  • Reaching Your Goals Begins Here

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    Reaching Your Goals Begins Here

    Most people perform better when they are heading toward a goal. But it is important to understand that the goals must motivate. If your goals leave you feeling inadequate, stressed out, or over-worked, then you will lack the motivation to complete them. Goals that motivate have specific charac...

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    January 15, 2016

  • Bringing The Holiday Spirit

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    Bringing The Holiday Spirit

    Leadership requires sound judgment. But there’s a big difference between having sound judgment and being overly judgmental. Sometimes when you’re too judgmental, you become intolerant. You pre-judge a situation and that gets in the way of connecting with others. In this 2-minute video, Bill sha...

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    December 26, 2015

  • So You Want to Be Mentored?

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    So You Want to Be Mentored?

    Mentors are supremely important to an aspiring leader. They are the voices whose feedback reaches our heart and head. They are the steady hands that firmly hold us accountable to our own potential. They are the polishers of our conscience, the magnifiers of our potential, and the encouragers of...

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    December 13, 2015

  • 7 Ways to Improve Your Professionalism

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    7 Ways to Improve Your Professionalism

    Here at Giant Leap, we understand the need for professionalism — and in fact, we offer an entire workshop focused on that particular topic, which highlights the following 7 characteristics. These focal points are designed to help you and your company improve professionalism across the board. #1...

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    December 4, 2015

  • The Courage to Make Mistakes

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    The Courage to Make Mistakes

    Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx, shares a story from her childhood — a perspective that helped her build a company with just $5000 and turn it into an international retail powerhouse. Each weekend, her dad would sit down and ask Sara and her brother one question, a question that helped her learn...

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    November 24, 2015

  • What Is Your High Dive?

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    What Is Your High Dive?

    A lot of people ask me, “How did you get interested in the virtue of courage?” My answer? It actually started with a profound fear! I was never a great athlete as a kid, but one day at the local pool I “accidentally” did a complete back-flip. I went on to compete in low-board diving — until col...

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    November 19, 2015

  • Six Steps to Strong Company-Wide Communication

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    Six Steps to Strong Company-Wide Communication

    Maintaining good communication with co-workers is something that each individual employee must be consistently working on, with the support of informed and involved leaders, of course. But creating an environment of effective communication is the responsibility of the leadership. tweet this The...

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    November 19, 2015

  • The People Have Spoken: Results from Last Month’s Survey

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    The People Have Spoken: Results from Last Month’s Survey

    In last month’s edition of the newsletter, I sent a survey to get your improvement ideas. I want to thank everyone who participated for their thoughtful input. We create these newsletters for you, and I am thrilled to have such valuable feedback moving forward. Below are some takeaways from the...

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    October 28, 2015

  • Risk-Taking Advice from America’s Greatest Mountaineer

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    Risk-Taking Advice from America’s Greatest Mountaineer

    Ed Viesturs is arguably the greatest American mountaineer that ever lived, or more accurately, lives. Ed has a reputation for being a calculated risk-taker, who refuses to compromise safety because of ambition. As a result, he has summited Mount Everest seven times, almost all without supplemen...

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    October 28, 2015

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Love 'Em or Lose 'Em

Retaining top talent and making sure employees feel engaged and appreciated is a perennial concern for every business. Wi...

Goals!

Why do some people achieve all their goals while others simply dream of having a better life? With over 640,000 copies so...

Managers as Mentors

Are you wondering how to be the best possible mentor for a young employee under your care?

A Peacock in the Land of Penguins

This classic pioneering book provides keen insight into workplace diversity. With new tips, tools, and strategies for pea...

301 Ways to Have Fun at Work

The most successful organizations add a healthy dose of play into their daily or weekly routines. In fact, research has s...

Change Your Questions, Change Your Life

What questions lead to our biggest breakthroughs and successes? In this new and revised third edition, Marilee Adams desc...

Full Steam Ahead!

Through a beautifully written and engaging story about two people struggling to create visions—both for the company where...

The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die

“What brought you the greatest joy? What do you wish you had learned sooner? What ultimately mattered and what didn’t?” a...

Ideas Are Free

The fact is, because they're the ones actually doing the day-to-day work front-line employees see a great many problems a...

Trust and Betrayal in the Workplace

This new edition of a classic, bestselling book has been revised and updated throughout and includes a new chapter on “Fo...

Make Their Day!

In this thoroughly updated and expanded edition of the bestselling guide (over 20,000 of the 1st edition sold) to employ...

Managers Not MBAs

Would you like to know what's wrong with the way we're training generations of business leaders?

The Introverted Leader

As an introvert, do you feel excluded, overlooked, or misunderstood in the workplace?

Accidental Genius

Would you like to learn a simple, easy technique for unlocking your creative powers?

Getting to Resolution

Most approaches to conflict resolution and negotiation result in just temporary settlement, compromise, or capitulation. ...

Quiet Influence

What types of social influence are introverts naturally adept at performing?

Lift

How can you be a force of positivity in every aspect of your life?

Be the Hero

Would you like to discover the stories about yourself that inspire you to greater heights?

Authentic Conversations

Authentic Conversations explores everyday workplace conversations and shows their power in transforming organizations and...

Courage Goes To Work

Courage Goes to Work is for every manager who has ever struggled with how to get their employees to have more backbone. ...

Leadership and the Art of Struggle

Want to know how leaders navigate intense challenges and grow from adversity?

Right Risk

We must take risks if we are to grow personally and professionally. Risks are a part of a fully-lived life. But in the co...

Positively M.A.D.

Are you inspired by tales of people who make a difference in the world despite all odds?



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Leaders Open Doors

Leaders Open Doors

First and foremost, leaders have to be creators of opportunities for others. This book is about leadership, opportunity, and courage.

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