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Leadership Planning: Subject to Change

Last week was a wild week of unpredictable events. I started the week in San Antonio, with two team members. We presented to Chick-Fil-A Operators at their annual Seminar. When we finished, we high-tailed it to the airport to make our flight to Louisville. It wasn’t meant to be. Our plan backed away from the…

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The Gardner’s Job

One of the Habitudes in our series is called, “The Gardener’s Job.” It simply reminds leaders that in the same way a gardener understands her primary job is to cultivate the soil and grow the plants in her garden, leaders must see their primary job as growing the people under their care. It isn’t just…

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7 Ways Leaders Lose Authority with Students

Recently, I overheard some students making fun of an executive director at a local community theatre program here in Atlanta. The students were 18-years-old, and they had been a part of this program before. Now, their entertainment was at the expense of this director. I felt badly for her, but the laughter sparked a question…

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A Recipe For Disaster in Our Culture

What’s happening in Cairo today — I predicted three years ago. If things don’t change, Egypt will be the first of many countries who experience turmoil. Allow me to summarize the Egypt conflict: – The population is 80 million. – 60% of population is below age of 30. – There is 90% unemployment within that…

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Learning from Egyptian Leaders — When Is It Time to Go?

For quite some time now, Egyptian protestors have demanded their president, Hosni Mubarak, step down from office. Recently, the White House has joined the protestors in this request. Hmmm. I’d hate to be President Mubarak. This situation begs the question: When is it time for a leader to step down? How do you know it…

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Leadership Lessons From the Uproar in Egypt

I assume you’ve been watching the news lately. David Kirkpatrick, reporting in the New York Times from Cairo wrote, “Last Thursday, a small group of Internet-savvy young political organizers gathered in the Cairo home of an associate of Mohamed ElBaradei, the diplomat and Nobel laureate. They had come to plot a day of street protests…

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A Paradox Good Leaders Embrace

Why do intelligent, emotionally healthy people need leaders? Wouldn’t you think that a group of 15 reasonably smart people could figure out the best direction to take without someone telling them? On paper, this makes sense. It sounds great. It just doesn’t play out in life. Think about leadership from a philosophical standpoint. People need…

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My Favorite Books of 2010

Each January, I list the top 12 books I read over the last year. I usually read books in target areas in which I hope to grow — and this year was no exception. I read books on leadership, people skills, spiritual renewal, change, and growth. Some of the books aren’t new — but they…

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