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It Doesn’t Have to Be Hard

Sometimes we make things way too hard.  When it comes right down to it, there are four basic questions to answer if you want a high-functioning, drama-free team: What does my team need from me as a leader? What does my leader and team need from me as a team member? How will we handle conflict and broken agreements when …

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Learning and Leadership

John F. Kennedy once said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” That’s because leaders are not born but rather developed. So, they are constantly trying new approaches, analyzing the results, and adjusting their strategies along with way. In the healthcare, dental, and veterinary fields, we are experiencing a seismic shift in our industries with an increase in consolidation …

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Reasons and Excuses

There is a big difference between a legitimate reason not to start something you want to do and making an excuse not to start. A reason is usually something over which you have no control. An excuse is often a result of fear, insecurity, or a delay of that journey outside of your comfort zone which comes bubbling up from …

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Giving Back the Work

What we most want for our children is for them to understand what powerful creators they are and (like Marie Forleo says) that everything is “figure-out-able.” We want them to become resourceful, independent thinkers and problem-solvers. We want to hire the same kind of people with whom to work. So why then do we continue to encourage the exact opposite …

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Rules Without Relationship = Rebellion

She’s late. Again. It’s only 5 minutes but it’s the principle of the thing. She knows the rules. It’s noticed by everyone on your team and how you handle it will send a leadership message to them all. Any moment you attempt to influence, teach, calm, inspire, or motivate someone or negotiate, mediate, clarify, or reason with anyone… you are …

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A Jar Full of Love

Pet peeves. We’ve all got ’em. I hate it when guys leave the toilet seat up and I fall right into it in the middle of the night. I hate it when someone takes the last of anything and doesn’t restock it or add it to the grocery list. I hate it when the express checkout lane of 15 items …

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Faults and Forgiveness

Last week, I received a blog from my colleague, Joan Garbo, and was blown away by the beautiful way in which she expresses the idea of “work-ability” and the value of treating others as you’d want to be treated… especially when it comes to forgiveness and seeking the best in our teammates. This is a strong tenant of LionSpeak leadership …

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Dog Training for Humans

This week, we are picking a subscriber favorite from our archives as our lead Lioness  heads to New York City as part of the Dental Business Institute teaching faculty.  We know she’ll do a fabulous job with her students who are enrolled to learn ways to  scale their businesses because she is a skilled trainer and master of adult learning. This recycled Monday Morning …

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Stop Boring Me!

It’s 2:30 p.m., but it feels like 6:00. You’ve been in this seminar since sometime this morning and, while it’s been full of good information, you’re on overload and squirming in your seat. Can you relate? We all can. Later, when you try to bring all your carefully written notes back to your team at next week’s team meeting… they …

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The Cure for the Cancer

Last week, I wrote about the plague of negativity infecting our workplaces today. This week, I’d like to offer some relief for those of you experiencing it, whether from an individual or group of people, or as a fundamentally negative person yourself. Motivational Speaker, Jon Gordon, refers to negative people who are unwilling to develop a more positive approach to …