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Leadership Issues

This is a topic I could probably write about every week for the rest of the year and still have plenty of material left to share. Whether it’s management in your company or a coach of your athletic team, misconceptions and misguided attempts to lead are everywhere. Poor leadership can kill an individual’s drive and turns otherwise thriving productive people into malcontents.

There are many mistaken notions about what makes a good leader. One of the more common ones is that the higher…

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Added by Sam Obitz on May 15, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Know Your Objective and You Will Perform Better

I had an interesting on-line encounter a few months ago when I submitted a support question to a help forum for a particular social network. I do not even remember what the exact question was that I asked, other than it had to do with using a feature on the site that I was having trouble with. What I do remember, is that a moderator on the site wrote several paragraphs in his reply chastising me and basically calling me a fool for posting a question on a public forum with a non-conforming…

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Added by Sam Obitz on April 7, 2014 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Why Less is More

Less is More is not just a credo that I try very hard to live my life by, but also one that is applicable in a wide variety of places and situations. Recently Keith Jackson, one of the greatest college football announcers of all-time, was asked what he thought of the people announcing the game of football today. He gave a simple answer: “They talk too damn much.” Jackson said this before adding “You wear the audience out.”

While I am in agreement with Mr. Jackson’s assessment, I would…

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Added by Sam Obitz on February 13, 2014 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Advice Regarding New Year’s Resolutions

The past three years I have written entries on why New Year’s resolutions fail and how to get better results. I highly suggest that you take a look at all of them before reading this article (or after if that is more practicable for you). They can be found here, …

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Added by Sam Obitz on January 14, 2014 at 11:40am — No Comments

Not Seeing the Forest for the Trees

This is a common problem, where people are so focused on certain details, that they are unable to see the “bigger picture.” A simple example of this would be a parent who criticizes their child’s penmanship, while their child is bringing home straight A’s. A more complex example would be that of a coach or CEO who is so focused on the bottom line numbers that they fail to see that their game or industry is undergoing a paradigm shift.

The technical name for this is…

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Added by Sam Obitz on July 8, 2013 at 4:39pm — No Comments

Be Careful Who You Get Your Advice From

How many of you would pass up the chance to get advice from your favorite sports hero or business mogul? I’m guessing not many of you would. We all think exceptional performers in any given field have some sort of special knowledge that could be just what we need to help us release our specialness and reach our dreams. The problem is that because of the way our brains work, most high achiever’s advice is second rate.

People are convinced they know what got them where they are, but the…

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Added by Sam Obitz on June 12, 2013 at 11:31am — No Comments

WISDOM AND INNOVATION OFTEN COME FROM UNEXPECTED PLACES

One of my favorite things to do is observe people at networking events and large parties. I find it fascinating that almost without exception the people at these events gravitate towards people just like them. If you are a lawyer, you are probably talking to other lawyers, if you are in the film business, you are probably talking to other people in the film business, sports-sports etc. etc. Usually the only people there who interact with a wide variety of people, from different fields…

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Added by Sam Obitz on January 10, 2013 at 11:52am — No Comments

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