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Your Top Responsibility as a Leader

Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Abraham Lincoln once said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree—and I will spend the first four sharpening my axe.” President Lincoln understood something that few leaders buy into and even fewer practice today. It’s the art of development. Even in his day, when change happened more slowly…

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One Surprise I Got from My Time at West Point

Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Recently, I had the privilege of spending a day at the United States Military Academy. You know it as West Point. From the initial formation and flag salute in the morning, to the classes I attended that day—I got to tour an institution that is quite literally an incubator for…

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Why Every Team Needs a Four-Point Line

Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Not long ago, my teammate, Cody Braun, told me about the strategy the Philadelphia 76ers have used to get to where they are today. Years ago, they began playing for the future—not so much for the moment. They sacrificed wins at the time, losing many games during those seasons to…

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Why Empathy Is Not Wimpy

Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I recently spoke to an employer who hired several recent college graduates. After 90 days, he met with each of the new team members to assess how they were doing. In a meeting with a 23-year-old young man, the employer reviewed his positive qualities, then proceeded to challenge him to…

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What Does It Mean To Be a Life-Giving Leader?

Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I’m not sure if you’ve heard the rumblings, but people in almost every context are demanding a new kind of leader. I see it in our homes, in our schools, in government, in non-profit work and in the marketplace. In 2001, I began speaking on this “new kind of leader.”…

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Our Gift to You to Celebrate 15 Years

Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn It’s stunning to remember what the world looked like fifteen years ago. It was in 2003, I launched “Growing Leaders”–a not-for-profit that partners with schools and organizations to resource them in building emerging leaders who are ready for life. Reflect on 2003. The Internet was only about 10 years old…

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One Secret to Bringing Out the Best in Students

Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I recently met with my friend, Zach Thomas, to talk about his story. Not long ago, he released a book called, Leader Farming. He compares good leaders to farmers who constantly cultivate the people under their care as potential leaders. He reminded me that much of what he does he…

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