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A letter to my son on his sixteenth birthday

It’s my eldest son’s 16th birthday today. Being a Smiths fan I had to sing him “Half a Person”. If you know the song, you’ll get the joke. If you don’t look up the lyrics. I’m a little reluctant to share parenting stuff because I feel like I’m always on a journey with my parenting,…

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2 Strategies to Help New Leaders Succeed

2 Strategies to Help New Leaders Succeed

Act like a rookie quarterback The quarterback is the leader of the team, for better or for worse. The very best quarterbacks not only understand their position but in every play that’s run on the field, they understand what every single person on the team is supposed to be doing during that play. He knows…

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How to Act When Talented People Leave Your Company

How to Act When Talented People Leave Your Company

What’s the biggest mistake you can make when a valuable employee gets another career opportunity? Almost 20 years ago, I made a career switch. I had been selling copy machines for years coming out of college, and in 2004, I had an opportunity to work for a company that provided a leadership development course. Two…

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How to Ensure Smooth Project Hand-Offs from PM to PM

How to Ensure Smooth Project Hand-Offs from PM to PM

Three problems occur when you move a Project Manager (PM) to a new project, and another PM takes over their work: Production (and profit) decline because the new PM doesn’t understand the work. The field crews don’t have a relationship with the new PM and keep bugging the first PM with their issues. Customer satisfaction…

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