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Some people get a kick out of offending people. They find it exhilarating and it gives them some sense of superiority and righteousness. These people are usually jerks.Most respectable leaders try to avoid causing offence when they can. They go out of their way to consider the perspectives of others and sculpt their communications to ease the way for hard things to be received. They know that in the long term winning people over is worth the extra effort.But sometimes it can’t work. Sometimes there’s no third way, no compromise, noSEE DETAILS

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For too many leaders a bruised ego can feel like a life threatening injury.When we are driven by insecurity we are dangerously vulnerable to being devastated by the slightest critique or failure. Our self worth is tentatively balanced between arrogance and self-hatred and we need constant boosts and affirmations to keep us from tipping into despair.Maybe your experience is less dramatic, but most of us can relate to the sense of our identity being too closely tied to our performance and the approval of others. If we don’t get aSEE DETAILS

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I love my country. And I’m ashamed of it.The ongoing discoveries of unmarked graves of indigenous children removed from their homes and forced into residential schools for the purpose of ending their cultures is a stark and painful reminder of one of the most insidious truths about Canada. While visiting our capital with my family last week we were silenced by the hundreds of children’s shoes placed in front of our parliament. Many more shoes, toys, and works of art surround the nearby Centennial Flame. The power of the message,SEE DETAILS

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I like my strengths a lot more than my weaknesses. Anyone else?Years ago I worked really hard on some of my weaknesses. I had picked up somewhere that the key to my growth as a leader (and as a human being) was to turn my weaknesses into strengths. I committed myself to becoming excellent at organization, prioritization, and daily disciplines that never came naturally to me. And I got some results.But then I ran into some conflicting advice. Bolstered by the research of Gallup and the massively successful Strengthsfinder toolsSEE DETAILS

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Feeling burned out? Frustrated? Overwhelmed and agitated?You’re certainly not alone. But it might be partly your fault.While the demands of leadership can be intense at the best of times, (and for most of us these are certainly not the best of times), it’s also true that too many leaders take on too much of the burden because we just don’t really trust our teams.The symptoms can be subtle, and self-diagnosis is tricky when the disease itself is rooted in some degree of self-deception; but your healthy impact and survival asSEE DETAILS

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