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Lead Change Group The Lead Change Group is a global leadership community interested in connecting, sharing and collaborating on all things leadership. You'll hear quite a bit about character-based leadership -- leading from who you are rather than your position or power. The group's focus is on applying character-based leadership to make a positive difference. Learn more about the group at http://leadchangegroup.com.

Leadership is hard work. It takes making accurate decisions based often on inaccurate or incomplete data. It requires bringing about change and contending with the resistance that it prompts. It requires caring about those you lead, but remaining objective enough not to get swayed by peoples’ sucking-up. It takes having a thick-enough skin to weather the unending second-guessing and Monday-morning-quarterbacking of critics who assume they could do better than you.[…] Continue Reading »

I walked into our family room and caught my daughter and husband mid-conversation.

The topics: discipline and responsibility, areas my daughter, like any 13-year-old, is less than excited to pursue.

My husband issued a challenge to our daughter to find new role models — people who have succeeded, not only because of intelligence but due to hard work and good character.[…] Continue Reading »

In the beginning of my corporate career, I made a conscious effort to avoid office politics. I thought it was a waste of my time and felt that people who engaged in the politics were dirty, manipulative, and underhanded. That is, until I had an experience where I was passed over for a promotion. That rocked my boat![…] Continue Reading »

Highly structured lives, busy schedules and constant communication mean that employees today have less of a propensity to be creative. We think we have to buy tools, refurnish offices, and hire consultants to help us be creative, when what we really need is a little old fashioned down time.

Ironically, the innovation that has led us to this point is what’s stopping us from continuing.[…] Continue Reading »

As leaders, we are taught to reflect, learn, and act. In other words, we have a bias for action, so our thoughts often flow in one of two directions:

  • Forward: What can we do differently that will more effectively motivate others, achieve goals, reduce costs, and increase earnings.
  • Backward: Quickly review the results of the last action, learn from our mistakes, and refocus on tomorrow.
  • […] Continue Reading »