Jim’s “Tru Leadership” Blog

No Apology, No Strength

Some people believe that if they have conviction, they don’t need to apologize. Needing to apologize makes it sound like it’s required – like a child that has to say “I’m sorry,” or is punished with penalties of fewer food choices, shortened playtimes, or limits on other […]

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6 Keys To Building Your Personal Brand

Our brand starts long before we show-up with people, and ends as soon as we leave the room. Brand building is created as we leave the room, just like muscle builds after we leave the gym. We plan a vacation or a workout toward a goal, and […]

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Higher Thinking, Empathy, And Positive Intent

How fast do we assume the worst? Media is no longer the traditional forms of BBC, Washington Post, or NBC. Rather, media today is anybody with a cell phone. What pictures and texts are people sharing of us as we live our daily lives? When we act […]

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Make Social Media Work For Your Business

Compared to your website, your social media business page is an informal outlet, so keep your posts fun and positive but always remain professional. Post questions on a regular basis to create engagement. Social media should be the start of a conversation between you and your potential […]

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We Manage Work Or Work Manages Us

It all started with our darn parents. They said we couldn’t have dessert until we were done with our dinner. They told us we could not go outside and play, until all our homework and chores were done. Today, can we get all our work done in […]

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Hard to Do the Right Thing?

Well, we are kind of wired for self-preservation. We are the most dependent species on the planet, and to get what we want we have learned as children how to control the external environment. Even to the extent we disregard our own bad behavior as being necessary […]

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An Oldie But A Goodie12 Elements Of Great Performers

Gallup®  in their 1993-1998 survey of thousands of organizations at all levels, collected and built these 12 elements as standard predictors of high employee and team performance. Seems to me, we still have a long way to go to do even half of these! 1. I know […]

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6 Big Sinkholes Of Poor Leaders

Leaders are people. And like all people we sometimes just get it wrong. Real wrong. Stinking it up bad. We have had bosses who tell us, “Look, we have real work to do, and making people feel good is not my job or your job!” “Just tell […]

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4 Myths Of Leaders As Coaches

Could I COACH you? Sure. A great coach blends emotional intelligence (EQ) with listening, tailored questions, making few statements, discussing, and curiosity, for the coachee to locate their own best path for success. In coaching, high EQ transforms to high IQ. EQ is a part of the […]

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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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