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The Real Pareto

You’ve probably heard that 20% of what you do is producing 80% of the results. Or maybe someone told you that 80% of the issues you deal with come from only 20% of your people. They most likely called this the Pareto Principle. But did you know that the real Pareto Principle has nothing to do with leadership or management? So how has it become part of the leadership and…

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The Challenge of Age and Team Conflict – A Leader’s Opportunity

When I was researching Balancing the Generations I interviewed a woman who had worked for a long time for a company in the Northwest. Her company, recognizing that many of their employees were of the Baby Boom Generation and would be retiring, set up a task force to develop a good retirement/exit program. Unfortunately, there were no Boomers on the task force so the woman volunteered to help. She was…

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There is No Generation Z

Something disturbing is happening lately. An apparently harmless attempt to define the future. Except it isn’t harmless and will have a negative effect on the future. It’s Generation Z. No, not the people themselves but the concept. Speakers and authors are already telling us what Generation Z is like and how they will act in the workplace. I find that odd because even if there is such a thing as…

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It’s Not Really a Secret

I am often asked for secrets to successful leadership. There really aren’t any secrets, but saying that makes me seem less of an expert so I just put on my best wise looking smile and provide a short list of key leadership principles. While it’s tough to pick out just a few of the actions essential for leadership success, the following three are certainly a good place to start. Is…

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What You Don’t Know Is More Than You Realize

Business owners often complain that they don’t know about everything happening in the business. It’s s a truth many leaders don’t realize: the higher you go, the less you know! For various reasons, the more senior a leader is, the less he or she knows about what is going on in their organization. Sure, they’re well versed on the day-to-day operation of the company, and they probably have a broader…