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Patting Backs, Kicking Tail

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Craig Huntington received his Bachelor of Science degree in business from Oregon
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on Monday, 03 November 2014
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Not long ago, I saw a television interview with a very successful major college basketball coach. The TV reporter asked the coach how he kept his team motivated and playing hard over the course of a long, grueling season.

 

The coach explained that he and his staff had identified a number of key metrics for individual player performance, and that when players consistently focused on those important criteria, the team as a whole played better and maximized its chances of winning games.

 

That made sense, but what was really memorable to me was the reward and recognition component of his approach – the actual incentive he used to encourage his players to meet or exceed those key measurements.

 

Gold star stickers and candy.

 

No, seriously.

 

Just like in kindergarten.

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Under the Illusion

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on Tuesday, 30 September 2014
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“The problem with communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished."

– George Bernard Shaw

 

Shaw, the Irish playwright, journalist, essayist, and co-founder of the London School of Economics, died in 1950 at the age of 94. He lived in an age of hand-written (or typed) letters and spent most of his life without the use of a telephone. Communication involved speaking with or writing to someone.

 

Mr. Shaw never used a desktop computer, laptop or smartphone.

 

He never fired off an email to a client or sent a quick text to a colleague.

 

He never Face Timed, Skyped, voice mailed, tweeted or posted.

 

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Burn the Boats

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on Wednesday, 10 September 2014
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I’ve always said that the difference between history’s boldest accomplishments and its most staggering failures is often, simply, the degree of someone’s commitment.

 

It’s making the decision to go all in to achieve something important.

 

You know… jump in with both feet.

 

Go big or go home.

 

And a personal favorite: Burn the Boats.

 

I’ll explain.

 

The story goes that back in the early 1500’s the Spanish had made several expeditions from Cuba to the Yucatan and returned with fascinating tales of a very cultured Mayan society that was loaded with gold riches. As you can imagine, the gold was pretty appealing to the Spanish. So, the Spanish governor of Cuba appointed Hernán Cortés, the Spanish conquistador, to lead a new expedition to the Yucatan.

 

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Want Instant Leadership Cred? Set an Example.

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on Sunday, 17 August 2014
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In my opinion, the fastest way to begin establishing your role as a leader in the office, in your home or even in a social environment, is to take action. Be an example. A decisive, yet simple act can make a lasting impression on your colleagues and elevate your position as a genuine leader.

 

Here’s a great story that illustrates this point.

 

In 1837 Dwight Lyman Moody was born into an already large family in Northfield, Massachusetts. His father, a small farmer and stone mason, worked hard to support them but died at the age of 41 when Dwight was just four years old. Edwin Moody’s death left his wife with nine children to care for and meager resources with which to do it.

 

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One, Two, Listen.

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on Friday, 04 July 2014
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I stopped to visit with a young colleague the other day about a business issue. As I was speaking, this talented, energetic professional picked up his smartphone and tapped it a few times. He was checking text messages, email or maybe even a World Cup score. I don’t know. What I do know is that, it reminded me of something very important.

 

If you want to communicate to someone that their opinion matters, that you’re actually interested in what they have to say, then stop what you’re doing and focus exclusively on them.

 

This Young Turk didn’t believe he was being rude. His actions weren’t meant to imply that what I was talking about was insignificant. And I know that whatever was on his small screen wasn’t more valuable to him than the content of our discussion. But you know what? That is what his behavior was communicating.

 

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