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Leading Legacy Teams

TOM FLICK | March 13, 2012

I have heard the word “team” used hundreds if not thousands of times since leaving the NFL in 1988 and entering the corporate world. CEOs, presidents, managers, and front-line employees have all spoken the word “team” without ever really knowing how a true team behaves or what it can accomplish. [...]

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Principles Trump Technique – Every Time

TOM FLICK | March 6, 2012

How many organizations have you worked for that have displayed their core values on the office wall and yet act as if they never existed?  In my line of work, I’ve seen many.  So I was refreshingly caught off guard recently when I was asked to keynote a leadership conference [...]

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Executing the Basics

TOM FLICK | February 13, 2012

Vince Lombardi, the legendary coach of the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers, would begin each training camp by addressing his players with a football in his hand exclaiming, “Men, this is a football, and this is how we are going to carry our football.”  Sound ridiculous?  It shouldn’t.  Coaching [...]

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The Fundamentals of Human Performance

TOM FLICK | February 8, 2012

Just as there are laws that govern entropy, gravity and aero-dynamics, there are laws that govern human performance—the actual practice of which allows us to successfully change and grow.  I’ve witnessed too many organizations and their people caught up more in the terminology and acronyms of change, growth and winning, [...]

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The Authoritarian Leader

TOM FLICK | January 4, 2012

Be careful of being an authoritarian leader. It doesn’t work.  An authoritarian leader has an approach that favors domination, manipulation, and intimidation; their strength is a huge ego and imbalanced sense of pride. Their viewpoint sees people below them as commodities. Sadly, in the process these leaders will burn out [...]

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Opportunities vs Hazards

TOM FLICK | October 7, 2011

There are two compelling behaviors that dominate high performers, great leaders, cohesive teams and forward moving organizations.  They are constantly and forever trying to avoid big hazards while simultaneously seeking out big opportunities. And when looking for those big opportunities, they do everything they can, each and every day, to [...]

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