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10 Favorite Posts From 2012

I hope 2012 was a fantastic year for you. One of the highlights for me was the chance to create and share this site with you. Just over 12 months ago, GreatLeadersServe.org was just an idea. Thanks for the feedback and the encouragement that continues to shape this site and its content. As the year winds down, I thought I’d share some of the most popular posts from 2012. I’ve included a brief description with each link – I hope you’ll find something here to help you make 2013 your best year yet.

34 Years of Chicken

Last week I celebrated 34 years on the corporate staff at Chick-fil-A. It has been an amazing journey. Any attempt to articulate the impact of this organization on my life would be totally inadequate. However, I thought I’d share a few things I love about working at the chicken – 34 to be exact…

The Critical Role of Team Leader

In my book, The Secret of Teams, I advocate for a higher form of team – a high performance team. In this approach to leading an organization, the role of the leader is transformed. She or he is still actively involved in the business but is engaged differently. What should a leader do in a high performance team environment? Here’s a look at some of the things you’ll want to consider.

Today's Challenge: Team Focus

This is the next in a series of posts in which I attempt to address a question or issue that’s been submitted by a leader from around the world. Today, I want to address something that virtually every team leader has faced. Today’s Challenge: How do we help our team maintain focus?

Trying to Lead (and Write)

I recently attended the Berrett-Koehler 20th anniversary celebration. BK is a small San Francisco based publisher dedicated to creating a world that works for all.  I’m thankful to be one of their authors. At this year’s meeting, I was asked to be on a couple of different panels along with several other authors. During one of those interviews, all was going smoothly and quite predictably until one of the other authors looked at me and said, “Are you a servant leader?”

Big Rocks First

I recently started working on my 2013 calendar… have you? I’ve found over the years that unless I start thinking about the new year at least 6 months in advance, I spend a lot of time trying to catch up and make things work once the new year begins. My process is neither complicated nor original but it works for  me.

Quit & Stay?

A couple of months ago, Ken Blanchard hosted a virtual conference. The topic was this: What do you do with people who quit but stay on your payroll? He asked me to create a short video to share my point-of-view on this topic.

Here’s what I had to say about people who quit and stay…

3 Reasons Leaders Fail to Grow

Growth for a leader is like oxygen for a deep-sea diver. Without it – you die. Ken Blanchard and I have been working on a book on this topic entitled, Great Leaders GROW. To most of you reading this, the idea of growth for a leader makes perfect sense. However, many leaders still see personal growth as extracurricular at best; it is something to do if you find extra time, energy and resources.

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