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Keynote Lessons from the Symphony

By Doug Sterbenz | May 9, 2019

A few minutes before the start of the performance, as the crowd was still settling in, she stood up and moved to the front. Taking her violin, she played a single note. That one single note rose and filled the music hall. Then, all the other musicians began adjusting their particular instruments to the sound…

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Connection – The Key to Great Leadership

By Doug Sterbenz | April 5, 2019

Just stand by the exit doors of where you work and watch people’s faces light up when they leave work.  Why is that?  Because now that work is over, they get to go do what they really love to do. Great leaders change that.  Great leaders Connect People To what they really want to do…

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How Do Great Leaders Connect?

By Doug Sterbenz | March 7, 2019

How many times have you heard that the key to leadership is staying cool, reserved, and perhaps even a bit distant so that we can remain independent in our thinking and actions? If you answered, “quite a few,” you’re not alone. That’s what we are taught. In financial, legal and business management courses—the breeding grounds…

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What Gifts Are You Giving This Year?

By Doug Sterbenz | December 13, 2018

It’s the dreaded question we all face every Christmas: What do I get the person who has everything? Perhaps you send a special basket from Harry and David or a unique item from The Grommet. Either way, I am sure it will be special and appreciated. Just keep this perspective: Your Christmas presents of today…

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Lonely at the Top

By Doug Sterbenz | October 4, 2018

If you are a supervisor or manager at any level, you will be lonely. That’s a fact. It’s natural and the way it should be. Accept it, but don’t let that fact of leadership impact your effectiveness as a leader! There is help for you. Real leaders don’t buddy around with those that they supervise.…

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Hang On Tightly

By Doug Sterbenz | August 16, 2018

I was travelling nearly 70 miles an hour on the highway when I looked into the side mirror of my truck and saw this grasshopper hanging on tightly. I don’t even know how he can do that! He does look to be having a great ride though—face in the wind, antennae laid back. One cool…

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