Posts by Doug Sterbenz

Performance Evaluations are Like Flat Tires

Leaders are required to evaluate their employees’ performance, and usually the formal time for that is near the beginning of a new year. Most leaders don’t like to do performance evaluations. We all have our reasons, and those reasons seem to justify putting it off for another day. Maybe you think you are too busy…

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Leadership Lessons from the Superbowl Bound Chiefs

Finally! The Kansas City Chiefs are back in the Superbowl. Those Chiefs fans have been watching and waiting for 50 years. I’ve been watching with them for many of those years. I love watching football. However, I really love what football can teach us leaders about being Present.   By now you have heard Doug…

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No Congratulations for My Mentor

My mentor retired, but I did not send him a congratulations card. His name is Ed Platt and he was a giant in the industry for 50 years. He left a huge footprint—not only because of his monumental personal achievements, but because of those leaders he created and those he greatly influenced. Many leaders–including myself–rode…

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Lead Yourself First

Before you can contribute to or lead a group, you must be able to lead yourself.  And that means working on yourself and improving yourself, so you can be a contributor and not a distractor.

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Why Company Strategies are Like Family Vacations

Most companies have well-put-together strategies. They spend countless hours brainstorming, creating, refining and developing a comprehensive company strategy. The fact is, many times those company strategies never come to life. The reason why that’s the fact is best explained if you think about family vacations. Most of us have been on a family vacation of…

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