Five Leadership Lessons from Minnesota’s Rebranding as NORTH

In case you missed it, there was a great article in the Wall Street Journal (1/22/15) (“Minnesota’s Cool New Image as the North”) about a move to rebrand Minnesota as “North”. It’s nicely summarized as “a number of local...

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Leadership & Fun: It shouldn’t be painful to go to work

Fun and work don't belong in the same sentence, let alone the same office, right?  Work happens through the week and fun gets to come out and play after hours or on the weekends.  But it doesn't have to...

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Selfless Leadership: What If Your Future Isn’t About YOU?

Imagine you are the new leader of an organization where you have no control over your budget, hiring, or mission. Despite that fact, you bear the ultimate responsibility for the future of the organization and the people who work...

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Leadership & Teamwork: How Landing on Aircraft Carriers Made Me a Better Leader

Nothing I’ve ever done, or probably will do, compares to the challenge, thrill and sheer adrenaline rush of landing a Navy jet on an aircraft carrier at sea.   A carrier landing is perhaps the most demanding, precise and complex of...

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Leadership & Purpose: Wait…Why are we here?

  Bombs on Target. For an operational Navy squadron, that’s the answer to the question “Why are we here?” It’s clearly stated, universally understood and actionable at all levels. It’s exactly what our Nation expects us to do when called...

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Leadership Principles That Started in a Navy Cockpit and Took Flight

Ask any group of managers to define leadership, and you’ll quickly build a list of qualities and behaviors that are always interesting and occasionally contradictory.  Great leaders are inspiring, courageous, and compassionate.  They lead from the front, or the...

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