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Finding your strengths (in 20 minutes or less!)

Lately I have been recommending that all of my clients and students take an assessment called the “Strengths Finder Assessment”. I have found this to be a easy way to increase your awareness of your strengths. The report of your top five strengths only takes 20 minutes to generate! Don’t ask me exactly how the report […]

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What are your intentions for the new year? A few questions that you can reflect on.

What are your intentions for the new year? A few questions that you can reflect on.

  Warm greetings in the new year! I hope this finds you well. Below are a few reflection questions that may help you tie up the past year, and clarify an intention for 2016. My intention for 2016 is to renew my family and home in good health! Marc and I together now have seven […]

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Leading – it’s not about you (or me!)

Leading – it’s not about you (or me!)

Leading – “Its not about you (or me!)  — That’s what I tell my clients and students every day.  Leading is about empowering others to face challenges and achieve results. I’ve updated my book, Leading for Results! to reflect that truth. The new golden check mark on the cover stands for the completion of important results. […]

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A Simple Way to Motivate Performance

A Simple Way to Motivate Performance

To inspire: to breathe life into something. We know that being inspiring is an important aspect of leading others for results. (And we know when our teams or organizations are in danger because of lack of inspiration.) But we don’t always know how to do this. There is a simple way to bring life to […]

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Can you influence others? (Can you be trusted?)

Can you influence others? (Can you be trusted?)

Many managers ask me, “How can I get things done when so many of my stakeholders think differently than I do?  This is the question you will need to address if you want to achieve results. If you want to be successful you will need to learn to influence others who think differently than you do. The […]

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Have You Aligned Your Stakeholders?

Have You Aligned Your Stakeholders?

My son, Michael Meacham, is a mechanical engineer and team leader at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, where they built Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory robotic rover, which landed on Mars in August 2012. This project, which took more than ten years of design and fabrication, had an enormous number of interlocking designs that […]

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Listening as If Your Life Depended on It! Dialogue for Shared Learning

Listening as If Your Life Depended on It! Dialogue for Shared Learning

Shared learning works best among people who are skilled in dialogue, which includes both the art of listening deeply to other people and the art of clearly explaining one’s own thinking. To participate well in dialogue, we need to be open to sharing our ideas, our assumptions, and even our uncertainties. A colleague once told […]

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Do You Believe That Others Can Learn?

Do You Believe That Others Can Learn?

The drive to learn starts earlier in the human being than the sex drive, and usually lasts longer! —Peter Senge Understanding our environment and the challenges we face is critically important to both individuals and organizations – 
especially in times of change. For people who are working to lead change, continuous learning is essential to […]

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Do You Know How to Get Buy-In From Your Stakeholders?

Do You Know How to Get Buy-In From Your Stakeholders?

In my previous blog, I talked about stakeholders – knowing who they are and what they want. This week, we’ll discuss the four conversations to have to enroll a stakeholder: Relationship Vision Opportunity Action Relationship Being related to some degree, even if it is at the introductory stage, is necessary for the enrollment to happen. People […]

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Are Your Stakeholders “On Board”?

Are Your Stakeholders “On Board”?

In previous blogs, we talked about knowing your purpose, envisioning the future, and clarifying your challenges. To lead effectively, you need to engage others around the results that will move you closer to this vision. Only in this way can you get the buy-in you need to achieve results. Only by aligning stakeholders will you […]

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