Archive for the Leadership Lessons Category


Lesson #52 – Size of the Problem = Size of the Leader

–The size of leaders is gauged by the size of the problem they can handle Develop a culture where those around you solve the problems in front of them, where everyone wants to solve a problem to show how valuable they are. This is vastly different than the average organization where people avoid problems by […]

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Lesson #51 – The Inside Is What Counts

–Leaders use pressure to reveal the best of the real you Many years ago in a town in Thailand, a large plaster Buddha was discovered. It sat in a makeshift covering for 20 years before a temple was built to house it. When they tried to move it with heavy equipment, the plaster cracked. They […]

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Lesson #50 – Do You Trust Others?

–Leaders have a great capacity to trust What is trust? Most people can see the benefit of trust in business (faster growth, teamwork, and open communication), but they have difficulty actually doing it! That is because trust requires that they trust other people, trust themselves, and trust that quiet small voice inside that knows in […]

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Lesson #49 – Giving and Receiving Feedback

–Leaders are experts in giving and receiving feedback How would you rate yourself on receiving feedback? How would you rate yourself on giving feedback? Many people have difficulty in one or both. Companies pay our firm K&A Leadership Seminars Inc. large sums of money to have their people comfortable with giving and receiving feedback. Why? […]

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Lesson #48 – The Speed of Recovery

–Leaders have a short recovery quotient How long does it take you to bounce back from something? That is your recovery quotient. Consider the salesperson who gets a single “no” and won’t even try to sell for the rest of the day! Or the person looking for a date who gets rejected and won’t ask […]

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Lesson #47 – Where Is Your Replacement?

–Leaders train and replace themselves with others who are better than themselves Average people are so insecure and afraid they will not have a job that they do not hire competent people beneath them and then do not train them in all the things they know. But leaders are so confident and think multi-generationally that […]

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Lesson #46 – Extraordinary challenges

–Leaders take on extraordinary challenges Admiral Halsey was a graduate of the Naval Academy and a famous admiral in World War II. During the war, he was commanded to stall the Japanese navy for 24 hours. The problem was that he only had small ships and he would be up against battleships, aircraft carriers, and […]

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Lesson #45 – Commitment vs. Compliance

–Leaders generate true commitment in those around them, instead of compliance Leaders generate true commitment in those around them, instead of compliance. A key principle for leaders– whether in sales, parenting, management, or community action–is distinguishing commitment vs. compliance. Compliance is the mindset when people do something merely because they feel they have to. Many […]

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Lesson #44 – Anything Is Possible

–Leaders are always attempting the impossible I have a sign in my house that reads, “He who attempts the impossible has little competition.” Have you ever thought about that? All the competition is down at the bottom. In the corporate world, all the competition is for the hourly paid jobs. There is no competition at […]

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Lesson #43 – Doing Things Differently

–Leaders make use of psychological trigger devices One of the simplest and yet most powerful tools for change that I’ve ever come across is called a psychological trigger device. A psychological trigger device is a fancy term for anything that triggers you into a different way of thinking, feeling, or behaving. It gets you off […]

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