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To Succeed as a Leader, Share the Big Picture

By Walt Grassl Mike worked for a medium-sized business and went to work every day happy to have a job. But he wasn’t too enthused about his work environment. Employee morale was so-so because most long-time employees were merely going through the motions. Greg was a friend of Mike’s from college. They both went to […]

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Treat Your Employees Like Volunteers

By Walt Grassl Sarah needs a special project done as soon as possible. She approaches one of her resourceful employees, Ken, to see if he can do the project for her. Instead of directing Ken to get right on it, she explains to him that she has a problem. She describes the project and then […]

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7 Ways to Navigate Office Politics

By Walt Grassl The first time Jay met with his mentor, Brian, he asked him what the most important thing to know to be successful at work was. Jay was surprised when Brian said, “Politics.” Politics in the workplace is often an afterthought. But it is important to understand the landscape, the people, and the […]

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Trust: The Foundation of a Successful Workplace

Six Cornerstones to Building a Culture of Trust By Walt Grassl Alice and Bob are both supervisors at a medium size company. One day over lunch, they were comparing the pluses and minuses of some of their past bosses. During the discussion, they were reminded of Greg, probably the best leader they ever had. While […]

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To Lead Others You Must Serve Others

The Importance of Servant Leadership By Walt Grassl Paul was 24 years old. He was shy and the youngest member of his workgroup. During lunch with his coworkers, the conversation turned to the recent promotion of his current supervisor, Charles. They speculated about who would replace him. There was a major concern that a coworker, […]

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Good Leaders Ask Dumb Questions

6 Leadership Traits in Defense of Asking the Obvious By Walt Grassl Paul and Trudy work in a medium size company. Trudy was having lunch with Paul after a particularly grueling meeting. “Paul, I can’t believe what just happened in the budget meeting. None of the supervisors had the guts to point out an error […]

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The Stress Relieving Ability of Authenticity

By Walt Grassl Paul and Trudy work in a medium size company. Paul has recently had to present in meetings with both upper management and with customers. He has been getting more and more stressed out with the higher levels of scrutiny. Before each and every meeting, he tries to figure out how he needs […]

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The Art of Imitation: 5 Ways to Enhance Your Creativity at Work

By Walt Grassl Sam and Boris were having lunch. Boris candidly told Sam that he admired his creativity and innovation. Boris was pretty risk-averse and never wanted to be the nail the stood out and got pounded down. Sam mentioned that he didn’t always think that way. He learned to acutely observe the traits, ideas […]

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Asking for Forgiveness, Not Permission: The Importance of Judgment and Responsibility

By Walt Grassl When you hear the phrase “ask for forgiveness, not permission”, what do you think? Do you think, “I can do anything I want and if something goes wrong or if I get caught, I’ll just say I’m sorry?” Wrong! Actions have consequences. Often in business, if speed and agility are important and […]

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You Own Your Dreams: You Get Results Based On Your Choices

By Walt Grassl Paul and Sara were attending a luncheon that brought together colleagues from their office as well as recently retired colleagues. Sara commented to Paul that some of the retirees seemed very happy and others were looking a bit lost – just as it was back at the office. She asked Paul if […]