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Five Principles for Building a World Class Team

Five Principles for Building a World Class Team

Average reading time: 1 minute 55 seconds 1. The Best Nine The goal isn’t to recruit the best nine individuals, but rather to create a team of the nine best. Or to put it another way, make it your goal to build a star team as opposed to a team of all-stars. A Harvard study found […]

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Firing Good People

Firing Good People

Average reading time: 3 minutes 20 seconds In December 2019 I sat at a conference listening to Chip Wilson, the founder of Lululemon, share his thoughts on leadership, business and building a great company culture. He shared so many great insights with the audience. And he said a few things that made me recoil deep […]

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Discipline

Discipline

Average reading time: 2 minutes 40 seconds Discipline is a word that frequently triggers negative thoughts and emotions. It takes some of us back to our school days and a particular tyrannical teacher (mine was a French teacher named Madame Walding). For others it conjures up the image of the stereotypical Army Sergeant Major towering […]

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Leadership, alignment and Little Jonny

Leadership, alignment and Little Jonny

Average reading time: 2 minutes 45 seconds I’m continually struck by the parallels between parenting, leadership and teamwork. I was having dinner in a restaurant recently with my wife and daughter. We’d been out to see the Christmas lights turned on in our town and for our daughter to write her letter to Santa. As we […]

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Recognition and Appreciation

Recognition and Appreciation

Average reading time: 2 minutes 10 seconds. Many of us think that recognition and appreciation are the same thing, but they are not. And the distinction isn’t just one of semantics. It truly matters. Especially to those of us in leadership and management positions. I recently watched Mike Robbins’ TED Talk on the topic, which […]

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