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Why?

Dr. Paul Metler | 10/22/2015
Maybe you grew up in an environment where it wasn’t polite to ask “Why?” I’ll bet you heard the infamous answer from a parent, a teacher or a coach, “Because I said so!” Take a deep breath, overcome your bad memories and dust off the question. There is a time to ask the big question. There is a time when “Why?” is the most important question to ask. That time is now. Rather than ask your parents, coaches or teachers, look in the mirror today and ask yourself, “Why?”
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Think About Your Triple Bottom Line

Dr. Paul Metler | 10/14/2015
Clayton Christensen poses a serious question: “How will you measure your life?” Business leaders are accustomed to certain measures that translate into bottom line results. Such metrics can offer a concise financial snapshot. It’s an executive summary of how things are going and a quick answer to big questions. But, quick answers seldom supply an adequate picture.
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Transformation: 4 Questions to Test Your Readiness

Dr. Paul Metler | 10/5/2015
Messages about change are everywhere. Change is needed. Change is hard.
 
Deep change, real transformation is intimidating. You think you need to change, but you’re not sure how deep the change needs to go. Meanwhile, disappointment creeps in. Surface adjustments in your life provide diminishing returns. Why?
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4 Ways To Make Your Message Sticky

Dr. Paul Metler | 9/15/2015
I am always amused at the sign holders that attend football games. If you have ever watched pre-game coverage, then I’m sure you understand. Hours before the kick off, commentators gather to break down the keys to success and the sign holders are there. Just when you begin to focus on the interviews your attention shifts from offense and defense to the large poster board obscuring several people and boldly declaring “I’m Single!”
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Can You Help Me?

Dr. Paul Metler | 9/11/2015
I finally settled into Seat 7D. After a two-hour delay I managed a smile as the Captain quipped apologetically that the airline hasn’t found a way to control lightning. A disgruntled posse of travelers around me disturbed my quiet respite in my seat. In particular, one person was squeezing in a final call before takeoff.
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Maybe You Should Think About It

Dr. Paul Metler | 8/31/2015
Recently, I was reading Richard Hallowell’s book Driven to Distraction at Work. In his Introduction, Hallowell refers to comments from Tim Armstrong of AOL regarding his mandate for scheduled “think time.” Frankly, the comments provoked some thinking of my own. First, I scoured my schedule and noticed that I did not have any white space specifically set aside for cerebral exercise. Next, I decided to make a list of benefits. What might I be missing by failing to nail down a few minutes exclusively devoted to thinking? My list of benefits came to mind quickly.
 
Think time will help me realign my identity with what matters most.
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Can I borrow your glasses?

Dr. Paul Metler | 8/24/2015
Recently, I was sitting in a restaurant with a group of friends. One of my friends left his reading glasses in his car. When he strained in a desperate attempt to read the menu, I smiled and offered my glasses. Apparently, his desire to save a trip to the car was sufficient motivation to give them a try. My prescription was less precise than he expected. After a little effort, he was able to make out the words and order his meal.
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Don’t Burn Down the Forest!

Dr. Fred Johnson | 8/17/2015
“Trust is like a forest.  It takes a long time to grow and can burn down with just a touch of carelessness.” – David Horsager
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Curiosity

Dr. Paul Metler | 8/10/2015
Do you have a strong desire to learn?
 
It’s hard to imagine a context in which a leader would respond negatively to such a question. With all the deluge of content aimed at lifelong learning and learning organizations, it seems to be a given. Leaders are supposed to say, “Yes” to learning.
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Caution! Challenges Ahead!

Dr. Fred Johnson | 8/5/2015
New leaders are often faced with unexpected challenges.  There are always tasks that a previous position did not prepare you for, or that the person who filled the role previously did not warn you about.
 
Being a leader is about helping those who you work with, to help make them as productive as possible.  Oftentimes leaders forget that one of their main goals is to make sure everyone else has as much, if not more, success than they have.  This is a challenge – the balance between improving oneself and improving others is difficult to find.
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