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Correlation or Causation – The Trouble with Studying Successful Leader Characteristics

An article came through my feed the other day called 22 Habits of Successful Leaders from entrepreneur.com. It was an interesting article, but could have been more accurately titled, 22 Quirky Habits of some Famous Successful People. I realize it wouldn’t have gotten nearly the number of clicks, but why does the original title resonate? Because the implication is that here are the habits of successful leaders that perhaps we…

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It’s Memorial Day – please join us in remembering our fallen heroes

Let’s not let Memorial Day weekend be just that long weekend marking the start of summer. Since World War I more than a half million Americans have laid down their future lives with friends and family for the sake of others. Please pause for a few moments this weekend and take time to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. From all of us here at The Daedalus…

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The Mission: That Others May Live

The air around us was orange. That was pretty common after a dust storm as a fine powder of sand hung in the air. Through the orange haze, I could see the mechanics going through their morning inspections of the rescue helicopters that sat on alert, ready to rapidly respond to whatever emergency might occur. As I walked toward one of the helicopters my radio broke the silence with the…

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Moving up? Let go of the past!

A very good friend of mine was recently promoted to lead the division in which she has been working for a number of years. She confided in me that in addition to the usual worries about taking a new position was the worry that the person who assumes her old responsibilities will do a better job! This is an interesting concern and one that I’ve seen before. Addressing it we…

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Stress Relief for Leaders

What energizes you? When you’re having one of those days when things aren’t going right and the boss isn’t happy, what do you do? Hopefully, your answer is not to find someone to yell at. Leaders seldom make everyone happy and can count on having bad days. How you handle those bad days can have a significant influence on your leadership effectiveness, not to mention your mental and even physical…