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What makes a lousy leader? That is easy; they do the opposite of what great leaders do. Not so fast. Our biases forget the differences between leadership we agree with and leadership from people we do not like, and those differences rest partly in our individual perspectives. It takes a…

As a leader, it is worthwhile to periodically assess you and your team’s performance against the following fifteen ailments.

Answer yes or no to each of these questions:

  1. Do you avoid criticizing, updating, and improving yourself and your organization?
  2. Are you working too hard and not taking rest seriously?
  3. Have…

There’s anger in the world, and there is plenty to be angry about; however, this is not a new phenomenon. Ask five random people why they’re angry, and odds are four will provide a litany of everything that’s wrong with the world. Of those four, two will agree, and two…

It’s easy to lay blame when things don’t go right. People blame the weather for how they’re feeling, the traffic for making them late, the economy for their financial situation. Schoolyards, boardrooms, and the halls of Washington reverberate with outrage as people regularly reassign blame to someone else.

It’s easier.

Working for yourself, being your own boss, can be alluring and liberating. Liberty enamors us, as it should; however, responsibility rests at the opposite end of the same stick, and we must lift that too, regardless of its weight.

Self-responsibility, in particular, is crucial to the success of your personal…

I regularly see four common habits playing out on less than high-performing teams. Yes, there are plenty of others, but these four are prevalent.

Ineffective Communication — It is doubtful you are communicating enough. You might think you are, but it takes frequent repetition to get through, not volume. …

There is a difference between being thrust into uncertainty and navigating through it without being immobilized. Effective leaders use tools that everyone has access to, but few seldom employ.

  • They think in terms of possibility by asking, If?
  • They think of discernment by asking, Which?
  • They consider time by asking…
Photo by Keren Levand

Adopt these three principles in tandem, and your communication with others will be more straightforward, and your results will be more significant. Warning: these recommendations are not for the weak-hearted or weak-willed. You’ll have to be fearless enough to make yourself vulnerable and be okay with being uncomfortable. …

How’s Your Leadership Fitness, by Karl Bimshas

Many of those who’ve joined a gym to support their New Year resolution already have second thoughts. They’re not committed to their commitment because the pain it takes to achieve their goal is not worth the effort. Of course, we all know physical fitness is definitely worth the effort, but…

Karl Bimshas

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