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Challenging Leadership Thinking … To Enable Strategic Improvement

The Product of Fear

July 29, 2016

Dr. Robert Gerwig

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Do you have a safe zone? A place to which you can escape and relax, and think, and recover, and regroup, and calm down? I do. I’m human after all. I have emotions. I get emotional. There are times I’m upset, times I’m frustrated, times I’m angry, times I’m confused, times I’m disappointed and times I’m shocked. Of course there are also times (many more by the way) that I’m happy, elated, joyous, energized, jubilant, and pleased. But I don’t generally go to my safe zone during those times, occasionally but not often. I go to my safe zone to avoid saying or doing something I might regret. Something I can’t take back. Something that might embarrass me. So I go to my safe zone and breathe. And pray. And meditate. And reflect. And breathe.

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Mosquitoes, Complexity, and Simplicity

July 25, 2016

Dr. Scott Yorkovich

2016-07-25

Mosquitoes are a part of God’s creation that cause me to ask, “Really? Why?” Although, I’m sure that when I reach my heavenly, final home my attention will be occupied with other things and I will forget that question. For now, though, I ask, “Why?” I was camping this past weekend. Mosquitoes were plentiful and I’m a mosquito magnet. (If you’re outdoors with me on a cool summer evening, just stand a few feet from me and you’ll be protected.)

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Two Universal Work Challenges

July 18, 2016

Dr. Scott Yorkovich

2016-07-18

There are (at least) two challenges that all leaders face. They are so common that we pretty much ignore them. These two challenges are like a dirty windshield on your car. You see it every day. The washer fluid doesn’t quite get it clean so you ignore the problem and go on dealing with more pressing issues. These two challenges, when examined together, provide tremendous insight about your employees and the environment in which they work. With proper leadership and coaching, these two challenges can be managed into better working relationships and work effectiveness.

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Doing the Unpleasant Things

July 15, 2016

Dr. Robert Gerwig

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Do you have any tasks that you dread? You know, the kind you put off as long as possible? They’re tasks that need to be done, but you hate doing ‘em. And you find every excuse in the book to avoid them, hoping that they’ll go away. Maybe a genie will appear and magically do them for you. Or maybe your husband, wife, kids, or neighbors will do them. Or perhaps they simply won’t be there when you wake up in the morning. Perhaps you have been more fortunate than I have, but this is not my life. Putting off dreaded chores simply delays the inevitable. Avoiding reality doesn’t reduce the pain or dislike of completing these tasks. And have you noticed that sometimes in the process of procrastinating, the task grows. Let me give an example.

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Four Domains of Developing Others

July 11, 2016

Dr. Scott Yorkovich

2016-07-11

 

Leaders think about the future. They think about the future of their company. They think about the future of their customers or the market they serve. They think about new opportunities and challenges that the future will hold. The most effective leaders also think about the next generation of leaders. That generation of leaders will be leading the company, serving their market, seizing the opportunities, and facing the challenges of the future. The most effective leaders know how important it is to develop people on their team to be tomorrow’s leaders.

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