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The Only Way Out

Photo by Mahatma4711 "Remember, you chose this."Those words were spoken to me nearly twenty years ago. I was complaining about a difficult leadership situation that called for personal sacrifice on my part. The friend I was talking with listened quietly and then responded with those few...

Two Leadership Power Words

Photo by John Morgan Two of the most powerful words in a leader's vocabulary are also some of the most difficult for many leaders to speak. Last week I wrote about how to ensure we hear the truth. If we commit to hearing the truth, we...

“Unstuck” Your Team

Photo by Horia VarlanI had the honor of serving as part of a Colorado city council led by then-Mayor Joe Rice. Joe went on to serve two terms as a representative in the Colorado State House and has served five tours of duty in Iraq...

Help is Available!

You've been given a responsibility. Your deadline is looming, the demands are significant, and you're not sure how to solve the problem. Alone at your desk, you wonder if you even have it in you to figure this out.Many developing leaders (and not a few...

Book Review: The Oz Principle

Today's book review is The Oz Principle: Getting Results Through Individual and Organizational Accountability by Hickman, Smith, and Collins. The Oz Principle is an entire book thoroughly exploring one concept: responsibility. I appreciate this book for its laser-sharp focus on helping individuals and organizations recognize that...