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What are your values costing you?In recent weeks I’ve been in conversation with several charity leaders who are facing some difficult situations with no clear way forward. Competing priorities, complex problems, and COVID fatigued people conspire against familiar solutions. It’s just hard.So where do we start?There are several options, but when facing the greatest leadership challenges the wisest leaders look to values.As much as poorly thought out and poorly articulated values are deserving of the derision they almost always receive from team members; properly conceived values are of great useSEE DETAILS

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Are you noticing that your people are a little on edge?Did a relatively innocuous error provoke a major reaction?Are your own energy and emotional fluctuations surprising you these days?Welcome to the club, it’s a big one.More than a year into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic we are all tired. We are all drained. We are all vulnerable. We are all frayed around the edges. Even if we don’t see it.And many leaders and organizations have had some unexpected eruptions of frustration and tension these last few weeks.We shouldn’t beSEE DETAILS

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What are you drawing your team’s attention to?During lunch today I was watching the first episode of the Netflix documentary series The Playbook: A Coach’s Rules For Life. One scene stopped me mid-chew.This episode is about NBA basketball coach Doc Rivers, a well respected veteran coach who is currently with the Philadelphia 76ers. In 2007 he was coaching the Boston Celtics.At that time the marquee franchise had been struggling for several years but the addition of some excellent new players had brought new optimism, and ratcheted up the pressure onSEE DETAILS

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When a cause is in sharp decline we would expect that it would grind down quietly as people give up, give in, or go away.But that’s not how it happens.More often than not it’s actually the opposite. Instead of quietly succumbing to demise we see organizations, movements, and positions grow more strident, more aggressive, and more convinced even as the end becomes inevitably near. Social media dramatically magnifies this tendency.Why does it happen?The Loudest Leave Last.When a cause is exposed as misguided or success revealed to be too costly orSEE DETAILS

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It finally happened.At 48 years old I got glasses for the first time. Just for reading, and I can get by without them; but they sure help.When I put on my reading glasses it is much easier for me to focus on the things I want to give my attention to. Without them it’s a strain to see what I need to see.It occurs to me that leaders often have to strain at least a little to see the things that are most important. One of the lessons from theSEE DETAILS

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