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The Humble Leader: Giving and Receiving Feedback

Bonsai Media Group |

Being a leader that welcomes feedback sounds like such a great idea. On paper. Giving and receiving feedback in real life is much more complex and can contribute to the rise or fall of leaders, small businesses, and corporations. On a relational level, Dr. Gottman of the Gottman Institute in Seattle, Washington, identifies defensiveness as […]

Leading in the Land of Fear and Pandemonium

Tom Flick |

Leading well in challenging times requires facing fear head-on. Fear is a tough opponent because of its ever-changing, amorphous form. There is no singular method that eliminates fear from people’s hearts and minds. Yet in anxious times of doubt, leaders will either rise or fall. Historical examples We see many historical examples of seemingly fearless […]

The Conflict Catalyst: Tell the Truth Monday

Tom Flick |

It is human nature to avoid pain. Actively engaging in pain or inflicting pain on others sometimes comes with either a diagnosis or jail time. But the pain that comes from conflict can be a radical catalyst for change, open doors, and new territory, not only for interpersonal relationships but also in business. A good […]


Tom Flick |

“Does it feel uncomfortable? Good, keep doing it!” I once heard a friend of mine ask this question of a quarterback under his tutelage, and it made me think about how uncomfortable change can be. When a strategy hasn’t yielded the outcomes everyone expects, it’s time to rework the problem. When a team has been […]

The Empathy-Innovation Link: Change from Within Becomes the Next Big Thing

Tom Flick |

In 2006, a young man traveled to Argentina for an adventurous vacation. While there, he happened to meet a group of American volunteers who provided shoes to underprivileged children. This young man spent a few days traveling around with the volunteers from village to village passing out shoes and witnessing the intense poverty and the […]

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