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Challenging Leadership Thinking … To Enable Strategic Improvement

3 Prerequisites to Listening

February 12, 2016

Dr. Scott Yorkovich


We all know how important it is to listen. There are many books, blogs, and articles about listening. You can go to seminars that teach you how to listen. The issue of listening is addressed in every dimension of life: marriage, parenting, work, church life, community development, and so on. Somehow, while we all deeply yearn to be listened to, most of us need to get better at doing it. That’s why we have all the books, seminars, and other resources. There’s something that most of these tools do not address, though. They do not address the prerequisites to listening.

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Leaders Know How to Stand Alone

February 10, 2016

Dr. Robert Gerwig

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Do you prefer being alone or blending in with the crowd? Leaders, of all kinds, are often in a crowd. They are part of a team, part of a family, or part of an organization. Their team may number in the single digits or it may number in the thousands. And while great leaders generally are adept in a crowd, they frequently have to go it alone. Leaders know how to stand alone.

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Everyone’s Car Doesn’t Work?

February 5, 2016

Dr. Scott Yorkovich


Scene: Four-year old boy on a city bus. He sat next to his Mom. It was early morning, about 6:40am on a winter day. It was still dark outside. The woman and her son, seated near the front, were among the first on the bus. After a few more stops en route to Minneapolis, several more people had boarded. The boy casually examined each person who walked by his seat. Then he furrowed his brow, looked up at Mom, and asked, “Everyone’s car doesn’t work?”

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What’s Your Style? Pt 4

January 29, 2016

Dr. Scott Yorkovich


Examine your meetings for the past several days. Think about the people you interacted with in each case—followers, peers, leaders, customers, vendors,… Did you approach every conversation in the same way? The approach you took with your closest peer was much different than the approach you took with your lowest performing follower, as well as with your most senior leader. The style you used interacting with various customer contacts changed from person to person, too. Your style as a leader varied in each situation. Why? Because you intuitively understood that different situations call for different styles.

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Leaders Know How To Serve

January 27, 2016

Dr. Robert Gerwig

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My first New England snowstorm! Well, sorta. In the end, about 7” of snow fell where I live, although nearby towns received anywhere from 12-18” of snow. Maybe not an epic winter storm, but a decent storm nonetheless. It was our first snow this winter and I’m hoping it won’t be our last.

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