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The 4 Missing Conversations That Disrupt Execution

Without execution, ‘vision’ is just another word for hallucination.  – Mark V. Hurd When we declare our vision, or when we coordinate action with our teams, we can have all of the pieces in place. The right ideas, the right conversations, clarity on who is doing what, and in the end, we still find dissatisfaction. […]

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The Only 4 Answers in Negotiation that Create a Future

Successful negotiation is not about getting to ‘yes;’ it’s about mastering ‘no’ and understanding what the path to an agreement is. – Christopher Voss In today’s business environment, multiple stages of coordination are often missing when working with teams, and at the very least missing a key conversation in one of the stages. “I need […]

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What Alexa Won’t Tell You About a “Conversation for Action”

“Fortune favors the prepared mind” – Louis Pasteur. Most requests made in businesses today are incomplete, or the very least lacking information to coordinate fully. We believe this is because of a lack of preparation. While this might sound like a trivial thing when coordination becomes difficult, costs increase and no one likes more costs. […]

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Alexa, “What is a Conversation for Action?”

Coordination as a Series of Conversations for Action “Hey, can you have that report for me by Friday?” It sounds like such a simple “ask”, and yet that request triggers a series of complex conversations necessary for people or teams to work together. And, when not done well, could cost businesses billions in lost productivity […]

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Manage Promises, Not Activities // generateleadership.com

Manage Promises, Not Activities

We live in a culture that thinks about actions in concrete frameworks. That means people tend to think in terms of activities, tasks, the stuff you can see that gets produced. What is missing is that every professional action is intended to satisfy someone and that someone wants to be assured that they will be […]

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Why the Best Performers Fail as Managers – 15 Keys to Success

Why are promotions potentially dangerous for both the person being promoted and the organization promoting them? Why do great performers fail as managers? Let me share some key learning about these issues that come from over three decades of addressing them in our teaching, consulting, and coaching. In many organizations, the current top individual performer […]

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Your Time is Your Work of Art // generateleadership.com

Your Time is Your Work of Art

There are many ways we can think about our lives and live it. Some see their lives as prisons of obligation. Some see it as full of work that they sacrifice to. Yes, our lives can also be a work of art. Designing a good life is an ancient theme that is missing for many […]

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Take Your Leadership to the Next Level - Part 2 // generateleadership.com

Take Your Leadership to the Next Level – Part 2

In the first post of “Take Your Leadership to the Next Level,” we introduced the idea of Leadership Context, as a way to begin shifting how we see what leadership is, and how to become an effective leader. A part of creating context is identifying our cares and those of the people we work with. […]

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Me, We, World - Meaning and Value in Organizations // generateleadership.com

Me, We, World – Meaning and Value in Organizations

ME. Step 1. What does it mean to become your best self? To tap into your aliveness, vitality, and power? The path to the possible is not written by your past but is illuminated by your care. To open this dimension of “ME,” we invite you to begin to ask yourself the question: What do […]

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The Time for Rest and Renewal

Ancient wisdom tells us that Winter is a time for rest and renewal. But in our culture, we turn on the lights, turn up the heat, get some caffeine and keep on truckin’. Some music with a downbeat fills the emptiness quite well. What is the consequence to have no Winter in our lives? And […]

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