Jim’s “Tru Leadership” Blog

Am I Addicted To Work?

We may be addicted, because we like work a lot! And for good reason – it heightens our intellectual and mental capabilities. Work is exciting, challenging, and feeds our appetite to be valued and to contribute. Research from Sarah Damaske showed that mothers in full time jobs […]

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Should I Stay Or Should I Go – Part II

Go. When I was a kid growing up in Cincinnati, I wanted to grow up to be an astronaut. My friend said he couldn’t wait to grow up and work for Procter & Gamble just like his dad. As I look back on it now, I find […]

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Should I Stay Or Should I Go? – Part I

Stay. Deal with the devil you know versus leave and discover the devil you don’t know. Remember how excited we were just a few short years ago when we created a business marriage to join our current company? What changed? Is it them or is it us? […]

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Great Leadership Is a Balancing Act

Great leadership is shown through what we do and say on a daily basis. It is exemplified in a sense of P.R.I.D.E. – Personal Responsibility in Individual Daily Effort ~ Tom Sullivan “Dream more than others think practical. Expect more than others think possible. Care more than […]

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A Little Magic For Waste Of Time Meetings

Meetings are where minutes are kept and hours are lost. They get such a bad rap! What criteria should we use to decide to attend or conduct any meeting? It seems ½ the meetings we take via conference call, we are trying to do email at the […]

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4 Steps To Repair That Lost Partnership Or Damaged Relationship

Many years ago, at the end of a long day, I had a client interested in our conversation and preparing to acquire my product. I was sensing he was interested and I kept on pressing for commitment and action. That was not a good decision. He fairly […]

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The Triple Threat – Leadership, Humility, and Gratitude

Want to follow a leader? In the book, The Leadership Challenge(r) by Barry Posner and James Kouzes, they conducted research that has been collecting responses since 1987, with over 1.4 million responses to the question, What will we Follow? Here are the most common answers:     Honesty     Vision […]

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Mentoring Is Championing

Do you have a great mentor or average mentor? Are you being promoted by your mentor to senior leaders?   How often do we ask ourselves, “In my organization – who is my champion, my advocate, the one who believes in me?” “The one who is stepping […]

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How To Give Feedback To Highly Emotional People

Some of us take feedback so personally. We fret, worry, feel anxious, and decide that the world is against us – even as a response to clear, helpful feedback. The feedback process can be brutal, for three main reasons: 1. The way feedback is delivered, as if […]

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Conversation Groundhog Day: Nothing Ever Changes

Influence begins with a “Sure, I’ll do that.” The old adage is “selling begins with yes.” This is an acknowledgement of our knowledge, our friendliness, our product value, or it might even be a commitment to further action. Sometimes the actual response of doing what we think […]

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