Ensemble and Teamwork

How to Get People to Listen

Every person wants to be heard – and that is the foundation of employee engagement. That’s just how simple it is…or not. Leaders must create ways for people to contribute ideas, voice concerns or just confusion in order to engage employees.   Employee engagement has been a popular term for many years and it’s a worthy…

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4 Leadership Lessons from Jordan Spieth

Leaders inspire and motivate others. You can find leaders all around you – in all parts of your life.    We certainly found one this weekend when Jordan Spieth won The Master’s Tournament. At age 21, he demonstrates a maturity and poise that inspires others to achieve their potential – as he humbly accepts the acclaim.…

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Never be Thrown Under the Bus

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…it’s a bus! …and it might be coming your way. To be “thrown under the bus” is a phrase so commonly used it seems that we don’t even question it. It’s part of our daily conversations and that means it’s part of our thought process.  What we’re talking about is…

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3 Leadership Lessons from the NYC Marathon

I watched the NYC Marathon yesterday.  It’s getting to be a tradition for me.  It was my 3rd year and I know I’ll be back next year.  I like to watch at mile 22 because I know, at that point, the runners must need a boost from the sideline.  My friend Pam and I cheered on…

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5 Tips for Collaboration — Give,Take and Learn

Co-labor is the root of the word collaboration but Dang! — It is not so easy to truly collaborate with others.  Years ago I worked with a fellow who divided up responsibilities on a project — had us all go away then reconvene wherein he would criticize our work.  His comment to me was “If that’s not…

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Love and Leadership….C’mon really?!

Greetings Leaders and Learners! LOVERSHIP is The Word for the Oration Group this month. (Yep, we created that word…and I know Valentine’s Day was last month but we can still be loving!) “Leadership is an affair of the heart” is the sentence that ends my favorite leadership book — The Leadership Challenge. When all is…

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3 Lessons in Leadership from Jazz

It is Mardi Gras today!  That is Fat Tuesday, my friends…and time to “Let the good times roll!” as they say in New Orleans. Last night I heard some mighty fine jazz musicians play New Orleans jazz.  It was a group that doesnt’ normally play together but had assembled for this informal evening of music.  …

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