Jim’s “Tru Leadership” Blog

The Culture Killer: I’m Bad With Names – Here’s the Easy Fix

Knowing people’s names is over 50% of our culture and personal engagement! I have a friend, Ryan Larson, who was receiving an award at a formal banquet. The president of the company stood on stage and read a list of Ryan’s accomplishments, and then summarized by saying, […]

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Increase Your Presence Without Being Promotional

We all want to be more valued, recognized, promoted, or get a raise. And our supervisor says to us, “You need to improve your visibility or be seen more by others.” You think your boss likes your colleague Bling Bam Biff, who is so far out there, […]

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6 Components Of Executive Presence

Executive presence is less about how we show up, and more how others say they feel when we show up. Our executive presence used to rely on character and integrity as the ruling kings of leadership and boardroom ethos. Then in the 1880’s robber barons took hold […]

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Management Balancing Leadership

Management is Doing Things Right and Leadership is Doing Right Things. ~ Peter Drucker Many others have further described management as more task focused versus leadership as more people focused. Which is more important? The answer is both. It depends if we need compliance or commitment. Growth […]

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Key Leadership Failures

The #1 trait of a leader is self-awareness. If we say we want to be authentic leaders, that requires knowing fully our strengths and weaknesses. If we think – “Oh, I’m a good person,” and we shoot-from-the-hip our thoughts, feelings, and statements, we make sense to ourselves […]

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The 5 Biggest Team Killers

People often ask me, as we’re completing exercises in workshops, “Should I answer this as me at work, or me at home?” Well, if we believe we need to truly ‘act’ a certain way to survive or be accepted in either place, that is a tough place […]

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10 Great Questions To Ask Your Interviewer

Our success in interviews is no longer about our preparation of our resume or reporting of our achievements. In fact, the resume is now more unimportant than ever. It used to be that a job required specific skills, and so we summarized our skills, successes, and accomplishments […]

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Did The Assembly Line Kill Our Purpose?

Henry Ford launched the assembly line, and he may have killed our purpose. It used to take 12 hours to build one car and the assembly line dropped that time to less than 1 hour. Pay went from $1.25/day, to $5.00/day. Henry got seriously good workers. Real […]

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8 Steps To Stop Worry

I have learned from interviews, surveys, and research that we have two huge blocks to our leadership success at home and at work.     Worry     Forgiveness (we’ll save forgiveness for another day) Worry just chokes us! Particularly women – in the area of worry, women outshine men, by […]

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The Good Boss – Part II

I had a boss once, Ted, and we were in a critical business meeting where tempers were flying and agitation was high – things were clearly getting personal between my boss and his boss. Boardroom dynamics are usually so professional and staged, much like a business dance. […]

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