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Knowing What You Don’t Know; Learning What You Need to Learn
\nSmall and mid-sized companies, including family owned companies, have ways to outgrow their competitors and avoid pitfalls.   It is easier than you would think.\n\nThe expression “It is a wise man who knows what he doesn’t know” is sometimes attributed to the ancient Greeks (the wise ones, I would guess). ...
Bring a Gift
"Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?" Benjamin Franklin Sunday evenings are an unwelcome transition for many people. The weekend is winding down, and work pressure is looming. I happen to love Sunday nights, but I haven’t always. At some point, I made...
MBTI Insights
"When greatly stressed, INFJs may become obsessed with information they normally would consider irrelevant or overindulge in Sensing activities, such as watching too much TV, overeating, or buying things that have little meaning for them." Introduction to Myers-Briggs Type, seventh edition, 2015. When I read this statement, my first response was, "Huh,...
I Want to Be a Manager but Not Manage People
If you oversee or give guidance to another human being you are a manager. And it’s no easy feat to be an effective manager. By “effective” I mean your people are motivated, conflicts are handled quickly and directly, and everyone is giving their best. I’ve known intelligent, ambitious people who’ve decided to...
I don't Have a Bias
I have seen careers setback and even ruined in meetings. The sad part is that you don’t even have to attend or behave badly to be the victim of these career crushers. Here is all it takes: Gather a group of managers at any level and bring up the names of...
Understanding the Power Puzzle
The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk. Marcus Tullius Cicero What is the allure of power? After all, once you get to the pinnacle, not only are the burdens great and the thanks few, but seemingly, the only place to go from the top is... down. The draws...
People Are Talking
It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear.Henry David Thoreau People like to talk. We talk to people and about people. We talk about things and events. We know that people talk about us. Do you, or should you, care about what people are saying?...
Priorities - The New Economy and Back to Basics
A story of baseball I feel like a less talented version of Jeff Foxworthy and his redneck jokes when I think about the way the world and the economy is working. It is kind of like "you know you are in the new economy when you have to wear a battery...
Why It Is More Important To Give More Than You Get
(Or, quid pro quo and the illusion of employee happiness) One of the great privileges of the work we do at Priority Learning is to have access to your people. We see your entry level folks, along with young leaders, managers and executives. This sample of people and the...
Continuous Vitality Part 3
Workplaces That Make Sense For PeopleEnduring Motivation Last month in the continuous vitality discussion we examined motivation, demotivation and the KITA approach. If you want to catch up or revisit this article, click on the following link and it will be like going back in time: Continuous Vitality Part 2 How...

The Leadership Maker

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  • Update to our Workshop Series

    Update to our Workshop Series

    Ralph, Craig, Mary and I are very excited to announce that we are changing our series from 5- to 8- day workshops to 10-day workshops within a year’s time and we plan to start in August of this year.

  • Increasing Meeting Participation

    Increasing Meeting Participation

    If you feel like your meetings are not productive enough because people won't or can participate, the people in your meetings are unprepared or after meeting conversation are bigger then the meeting itself, the problem might lie in your preparation.

  • Communications


    Let’s be clear here about communication methods for leaders. Face-to-face communication is best. Not just best, it is best by a mile. A phone conversation is next best, but it is no substitute for face-to-face connection.

  • Time for a Paradigm Shift

    Time for a Paradigm Shift

    Perhaps it is time for a paradigm shift, a shift in how people think and learn about what is out there for career opportunities.

  • Delegation


    The final test of leadership is to leave behind men and women with the conviction, commitment and competency to carry on in your absence.

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