Leaders and Managers

In business literature we often see the terms leader and manager used interchangeably. However the role of a leader and the role of a manager are different, even though there may be a fuzzy gray line between the two roles in certain aspects. If...

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Porter’s Five Forces

There are five general market or competitive forces that affect every business to some degree. These are often called Porter’s Five Forces because they were popularized in Michael E. Porter’s book, Competitive Strategy, published in 1980. The...

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Your Growth Plans for 2017

At the beginning of a new year it seems appropriate to think about how we can grow in this coming year to increase our effectiveness. I like to think of growth in the three dimensions in which our life should be showing fruit – person, people...

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Leaders Lean In

The natural response to negative situations is to back away. Human nature is wired to be self-protective and so when confronting the negative the common response is to flee, fight, or freeze. But effective leaders learn to lean into the negative...

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Leaders Are Communicators

Good leaders are good communicators. In order to build a team with a shared vision that works in a collaborative fashion, leaders must be great communicators. Three elements of communication are essential for leaders – clarity, candor, and...

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Leaders Are Learners

Effective leaders are committed to constantly learning and growing. This desire to grow is driven by their character. Effective leaders have the following character traits: Confident but not arrogant, they know they have been greatly blessed with...

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