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Craig Huntington

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Go Get It, Period.

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Craig Huntington received his Bachelor of Science degree in business from Oregon
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on Sunday, 27 March 2016
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In my speaking engagements, I often use a memorable tactic to illustrate what I believe is the most important characteristic of leadership: taking action. While probing the audience for their personal definitions of leadership, I will reach into my pants pocket and pull out a fifty-dollar bill. I hold it up above my head for the entire room to see and ask, “Who wants fifty dollars?”

Silence.

Promptly, I ask another audience member for his or her definition of leadership, and sometimes reward a solid answer with a Tootsie Pop. Then I repeat my original question: “Who wants fifty dollars?”

Typically, at this point, I’ll get a couple of raised hands and some lukewarm “I do”s, but I will continue to move forward with the discussion on the definition of leadership as I draw out one or two more thoughts on what it means.

“WHO WANTS FIFTY DOLLARS???” I holler.

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Eggs with Attitude

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Craig Huntington received his Bachelor of Science degree in business from Oregon
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on Saturday, 12 March 2016
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A friend of mine was looking to make a new hire. His business is industrial products, and he needed someone to fill a mid-level sales support/customer care position. So, like he always does when he’s about to add a new team member, my colleague scheduled a breakfast meeting with this prospective new hire – a gentleman who had worked in a similar business for years, and appeared to be a great candidate to hit the ground running.

 

My friend arrived early to this popular “mom ‘n’ pop” pancake house and called over the waitress. With a $20 bill that he guided into the waitress’s hand, he asked her for a favor.

 

“I need you to get my breakfast companion’s order wrong. And not just wrong,” he said. “Not even close.

 

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You Are Today...

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Craig Huntington received his Bachelor of Science degree in business from Oregon
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Thoughts are powerful.

 

Thoughts can change everything from how caring and supportive we are, to what we weigh, to what we accomplish in our lives. Thoughts can lead us to become one of the most admired people on earth (Mother Teresa) or one of the most hated (Bernie Madoff).

 

From a practical standpoint, many of us look for ways to change our thinking in order to make incremental improvements in our lives. We search for ideas on becoming better parents, better professionals and better golfers. And my experience has shown me that the most effective ideas are simple.

 

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If They Don't Respect You, They Won't Follow You.

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Craig Huntington
Craig Huntington received his Bachelor of Science degree in business from Oregon
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on Saturday, 06 February 2016
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Think back to the days when you were in grade school. Remember the kid in class who somehow, someway managed to get more praise from your teacher than he or she deserved? Sure, the kid was a model citizen, but he got singled out for an extra helping of gush from Miss Crabtree (or whatever her name was), at every opportunity, and seemed to make it almost impossible for everybody else to measure up.

 

So…what happened? Did you work twice as hard to be polite, be respectful, and be responsible for your homework? Most of us probably did…but only for a while. When it became evident that there was unabashed favoritism and that you were on an un-level playing field, it really sucked the enthusiasm out of you, didn’t it? Made you stop caring? Stop trying? Stop respecting?

 

Maybe in your case, it was a Girl Scout leader, or a baseball coach or some other authority figure. Regardless, you began to recognize that life wasn’t fair, and with that experience, you learned something about leadership… that one of the absolutely fastest ways to lose people, both emotionally as well as physically (as in, they leave your organization for a new job), is to have different sets of rules that you apply to the same group of people. I’ll give you an example.

 

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What You Typed Is Not What I Heard.

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Craig Huntington
Craig Huntington received his Bachelor of Science degree in business from Oregon
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on Tuesday, 26 January 2016
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Several years ago I began doing business with a new client. He was a very busy gentleman who had just come on board with his organization and was overseeing all of its operations. The first few meetings we met in person at his office. Quickly, we developed a genuinely terrific rapport. We shared similar values and worked with the same enthusiasm and effort on his business. I was confident that he would become a very satisfied customer.

 

After a couple of months, I began to notice that this general manager only read about half of my emails. Now, when I write that he only read “half of my emails,” that doesn’t mean this fellow skipped every other email from me. It means that he read about every other line of my emails.

 

He constantly missed important information – information that was clearly included in my correspondence. Once, I read his reply to one of my emails, and I honestly thought he was joking. I actually laughed out loud. Then the realization hit me; he was serious. And he was accusing me of intentionally misleading him.

 

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