The Primary Source of Misunderstanding

The Primary Source of Misunderstanding

By now, you may be sick of hearing about communication and its critical importance to leadership. But ... the reason you keep hearing about it is because, in so many ways, it’s the touchstone of all leadership. That’s why I...
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5 Tips to Integrate Transparency in Your Organization

5 Tips to Integrate Transparency in Your Organization

Are you Hoarding or Sharing information? When I began my business career in the previous century, the word “transparency” was not in the business lexicon. You knew what you were told … and you were told what someone thought you needed...
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Sword Clicks for May 19, 2022

Sword Clicks for May 19, 2022

Welcome to Sword Clicks where I'll provide a handful of links every week so you can explore topics that interest you. No muss. No fuss.⚔️ There's a gigantic industry you know is there ...but you barely think about it. It's...
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Waiting for perfection before you get started?

Waiting for perfection before you get started?

I think we'd all hate to count how many times we've waited, too long or far longer than necessary, because we're not sure what others may think.That fateful mindset lies somewhere in the muddle among impostor syndrome, indecisiveness and insecurity.I've...
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Are Your Common Practices always Best Practices?

Are Your Common Practices always Best Practices?

You’ve developed common practices you take for granted.But, when was the last time you examined whether those “common practices” still represent “best practices”?Several years ago when my father was in his final days, his bonhomie in full bloom, I sat...
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Welcome to Sword Clicks for May 12, 2022

Welcome to Sword Clicks for May 12, 2022

Welcome to Sword Clicks where I'll provide a handful of links every week so you can explore topics that interest you. No muss. No fuss.⚔️ Don't mess with this woman ... the 1st Female Sailor to complete Navy Warfare Training....
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Conflicts WITHIN the Organization

Conflicts WITHIN the Organization

These days, the conflicts “IN” The Workplace” seem to dominate the headlines ... but what about the conflicts “WITHIN” the workplace? This anonymous story suggests the outline of such conflicts, and introduces us to the kinds of conflicts that destroy...
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Would You Be Proud of Your Culture if Mom & Dad Were Watching?

Would You Be Proud of Your Culture if Mom & Dad Were Watching?

What happened to the simple lessons your parents taught you? You don't want to be this week's whipping boy. The candidate this week seems to be Elon Musk and his purchase of Twitter. (It's amazing the range of negative responses...
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98 Years of Lessons from My Mom

98 Years of Lessons from My Mom

My Mom at Age 92 My Mom had an abundantly rich life. She passed away on Good Friday in 2017 at the age of 98 and 2/3 of the way toward 99. She was healthy for her entire life until...
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Sword Clicks of the Week

Sword Clicks of the Week

Welcome to Sword Clicks where I'll provide a handful of links every week so you can explore topics that interest you. No muss. No fuss.⚔️ I find it hard to believe that airlines pay their flight attendants this way, but...
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What are you using to run your life?

What are you using to run your life?

How often are you dashing from pillar to post, fighting the clock to get more done?Pretty often I suspect. Today’s quote is a reminder that there might be a better approach, and while it requires a longer-term perspective, it might...
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Start Drinking. Coffee First. A Chilled Mug of Amnesia Next.

Start Drinking. Coffee First. A Chilled Mug of Amnesia Next.

Go ahead. Take a seat and start sipping that delicious mug of amnesia. Feel free to pound down more than one if you need it. Think of it as good news. No calories. Low carbs. Non fat … AND loaded...
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What We’ve Got Here is a Failure to Communicate

What We’ve Got Here is a Failure to Communicate

You may not have heard this phrase, but it’s from the 1967 film, Cool Hand Luke, a Paul Newman feature that you shouldn’t miss. The dialogue comes from a famous scene where the captain of the prison chain gang extols his charges with...
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Don’t Focus on Winning? What? Say that again?

Don’t Focus on Winning? What? Say that again?

Wait a minute? Aren't we supposed to focus on winning? Victory and all that? Maybe, but let's think about that for a minute. Is winning really your primary objective ... or are you seeking the outcome that flows from a...
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What’s the Future of the Organization?

What’s the Future of the Organization?

Photo by Emily Morter on Unsplash That's a bold question to ask, isn't it? In my lifetime ... and it's longer than most ... I'm not sure I've seen a changing landscape like the one we're seeing today. Sure, we've...
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Learned Behavior is One of Our Biggest Obstacles.

Learned Behavior is One of Our Biggest Obstacles.

It’s fascinating to me how our learned behaviors so often get in the way of our otherwise sound instincts. Imposter syndrome is one of these afflictions. Although it is defined in several ways, it refers to a fear of failure...
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Who do you wish you didn’t have on your team?

Who do you wish you didn’t have on your team?

I don’t know of a single leader among the hundreds I’ve coached over the last few decades who wouldn’t nod their head and say something like, “Yup. That’s about right.” when they see this quote from the book, The 4...
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What Leaders Can Learn from the Amateurs and Pros

What Leaders Can Learn from the Amateurs and Pros

The week that ended last Sunday is my favorite sports week of the year. There are a lot of reasons why I love that week. For one thing, the contrasts are extraordinary. Unbridled enthusiasm, competitive zeal, office pools, no million...
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Challenges in the Workplace

Challenges in the Workplace

This quote speaks volumes about the changes the pandemic has provoked across the Workplace. If you don't take it to heart, the uphill battle is even steeper. Stay tuned. There s more coming in this week's Sword Tips newsletter. If...
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9 Easy Steps to Ruin Your Reputation

9 Easy Steps to Ruin Your Reputation

If anything teaches us about how to handle ourselves in public, er, how NOT to do it, the incident between Will Smith and Chris Rock at last week’s Oscar’s event, and its aftermath, is a textbook example of exactly how...
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What are the Two Things that People Inherently Do?

What are the Two Things that People Inherently Do?

Sylvester Stallone is a box office legend with movies like Rocky & Rambo. What you don’t know is that he was once so broke he had to sell his dog at the 7-11. You also may not know that the...
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Does Communication = Collaboration?

Does Communication = Collaboration?

One of the most popular words in the business lexicon these days is collaboration. Everyone’s eager to flatten the organization, get rid of hierarchy, eliminate command-and-control structures and collaborate across broad multifunctional teams. Do we really understand collaboration and why...
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Five Frogs are sitting on a log ….

Five Frogs are sitting on a log ….

There’s an apocryphal story that you may have heard from your Dad growing up: Five frogs are sitting on a log. Four decide to jump off. How many are left? The first time I answered, “One.” “Nope,” he responded. “Five.”...
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Geeking Out

Geeking Out

How AI can change the way we drive Wanna know exactly how much time you waste in congested traffic? I didn't think so ... but it's about 55 hours/year due to congestion alone according to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute's...
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Don’t Live a Life Full of Regret

Don’t Live a Life Full of Regret

You’ve probably heard a lot of interesting quotes about life’s regrets. None of us is immune to the unwelcome sentiment of regret. It’s far too easy to look back and wonder why something didn’t turn out as we hoped ......
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Your Turn: What App are you using to manage your Email?

Your Turn: What App are you using to manage your Email?

Photo by Maxim Ilyahov on Unsplash Each week, we’ll ask a question to get your best idea on a particular topic. The following week we’ll share your best tips.This Week’s Question: What’s the #1 tool or concept that you apply to...
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Around the Web …

Around the Web …

We better keep our brain connected to our body. Stress is likely the principal backdrop for mental health issues, so you should take a look at the contrasting articles about stress in our Business Brief segment. Neuroscientists believe our brains...
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