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Victim Triangle

Recently, I have been asked to provide more talks to mid-level managers of organizations, with the intention for these teams to understand what the leadership team has been working on, become more strategic in their thinking, and learn how to be better managers and departmental leaders. One of the examples I have been using that seems to really resonate is what I call the “Victim Triangle”.  Almost 40 years ago,

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Develop Your Talent

I like to use the analogy that in an organization, the visionary can be compared to the composer, the COO/Integrator is the symphony conductor, and each member of the leadership team is head chair of a section, like the woodwinds or percussion. The composer may provide the music and direction, but the conductor coordinates all the sections and appears to only wave a tiny wand in the air. The music

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Green Leadership Teams

In the 1980s, there was a popular Muppet character named Kermit the Frog. This colorful hand puppet had a charming personality, a good heart, and was green. He sang a somewhat self-indulgent, self-loathing song that went “It’s not easy being green…” (See video clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRZ-IxZ46ng)   I can hear you saying, “Kluver…what are you smoking? What on earth does this have to do with leadership or management?” I get it. It

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Lonely at the Top: Why Leaders Need an Outside Sounding Board (Part Five)

This is the final post of a series that addresses the notion of why it’s lonely at the top for most senior leaders. Additionally, this series explains how a trusted advisor can help and what a typical engagement with my clients looks like. Once we’ve clearly defined the client’s vision of success, we’re ready to begin the next phase – brainstorming, digging in, and setting goals. A few of the

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Lonely at the Top: Why Leaders Need an Outside Sounding Board (Part Four)

In this fourth part of our leadership advisory blog series, we’re going to start getting into the weeds on where and how to begin defining what success looks like for a specific leader. What I mean by this is that the success of each engagement is different for each leader. Together, we’ll clarify what success looks like on this individual’s terms and identify the highest and best use of our

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Lonely at the Top: Why Leaders Need an Outside Sounding Board (Part Three)

Over the last couple posts, we’ve been delving into some of the very real, but rarely discussed, challenges for senior leaders. We moved on to talk about our initial conversations and meetings, as well as the role I play as a trusted advisor and collaborator. This week, we’ll review what a typical engagement looks like and the method to my madness. We’ll also touch on my approach to contracts and

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Lonely at the Top: Why Leaders Need an Outside Sounding Board (Part Two)

Over the last couple posts, we’ve been delving into some of the very real, but rarely discussed, challenges for senior leaders. We moved on to talk about our initial conversations and meetings, as well as the role I play as a trusted advisor and collaborator. This week, we’ll review what a typical engagement looks like and the method to my madness. We’ll also touch on my approach to contracts and

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Lonely at the Top: Why Leaders Need an Outside Sounding Board (Part One)

A discrete, yet quickly growing aspect of my business is my confidential advisory work with senior leaders. This has always been 100% referral-based. Today, I work with people around the country and in the UK. The amazing leaders with whom I work have typically approached me to help them address a specific challenge they’re facing. They needed help with a particular problem, but the reality is that the primary issue

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Finding Balance: Do You Love What You Do?

One of the main things I preach is that to be a great leader, it’s imperative you find some form of balance in your life. I believe this is critical for us as leaders to be our best so we can be there for our people and organization. When someone tells me they’re working 80 hours a week, I immediately wonder how effective they are at what they’re doing. Perhaps

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Shameless Self-Promotion: The New YouTube Channel, Solopreneur Life

The blogs I write are genuinely intended to be of interest to readers and to provide a nugget or two of value. I love writing them…and I fully understand the point of content marketing is to establish oneself as an expert, generate trust, and provide value. Yep, that’s always been my intention. I believe this creates relationships, a consistent touchpoint with readers, and will lead to referrals. It does and

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