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Leading other people is a noble pursuit. When you can help someone develop skills and realize success, it can be gratifying. Humbling. Rewarding. Hopefully, that drives you to become a better leader.

Leading others can also be challenging. We’re dealing with humans, so there are unique behaviors, motivations, psyches and…

Leading with eyes wide open

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When you’re a leader, you have to deal with uncertainty.

Regularly. Maybe daily.

Employees. Customers. Competitors. The supply chain. Government actions. Pandemics. Geopolitics at home…and on the other side of the world.

When uncertainty reigns, your leadership brand is in the spotlight.

How you deal with problems. How you communicate…

No BS. No china shop. But you need to be the bull.

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Uncertainty and conflict come with the territory when you’re a leader. No matter how well you plan and prepare, you’re never in complete control.

For most people, that leads to a certain amount of anxiety and stress.

Maybe a lot of anxiety and stress.

You’re different degrees of anxious, aggravated…

And it won’t take you 10,000 hours

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When you start your leadership journey, it can be a bit overwhelming.

You want to go big — not just big goals, but ground shaking, Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAGs).

You don’t want to just meet your budget, you want to blow those numbers away.

But what about the skills…

Wisdom from a dozen creative thought leaders to help you push through

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There is a point at which creators go from dream to action.

From intention to execution.

But in between there is a space.

Sometimes that space can feel uncomfortable. Ridiculously uncomfortable.

Intellectually, you know you have to take action, but sometimes you struggle. You get distracted. You’re not motivated. Or…

Turn delegation from a necessary evil to a massive difference-maker

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Have you noticed that some of the most important leadership skills rarely get taught?

Like delegation.

If you’re going to grow your business, you need to delegate. Well.

If you’re going to grow the capacity of your team, you need to delegate. Effectively.

If you’re going to lead others, you…

An amazing lesson from Bono and a domino

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Look in the mirror and what do you see?

A work in progress? If you’re honest.

Look closer.

A few imperfections. Maybe a scar, a zit, some wayward hair that just won’t cooperate.

Look again.

A domino.

That’s right. You may not see it at first, but you’re a domino.

14 best practices for running great meetings

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Most people hate meetings. And for good reason.

We did them poorly prior to COVID and the explosion of remote work and virtual meetings.

Now we really suck at conducting meetings.

They’re inefficient, unproductive, and eat up valuable time.

But they’re necessary.

You can’t have one-off conversations with each person…

With applications for entrepreneurs, corporate managers and side hustlers

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If you want to be successful, every day requires effort.

You have to grind.

It can be tough to maintain motivation. Day after day. Year after year.

I’ve found that daily quotations provide inspiration. Perspective.

To shape your mindset. To maintain your focus.

Some days you need to block out…

So that you can stay in productive growth mode

Last year I passed 11,000 one-to-one hours as an executive coach.

I expected to feel smarter. Or taller.

Ever since I passed 10,000 hours, I’ve been waiting to receive my expert badge from some Malcolm Gladwellian Outliers emissary.

But I’m not holding my breath. …

Karl Sprague

Executive Coach, Teacher, Trainer, Speaker and Storyteller

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