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By Tom Davidson

If you only got a 10 to 35 percent survival rate on your next reforestation project, would you be happy with the result? I don’t think so. Unfortunately, that is the success rate of most training – including leadership training – not necessarily because of the quality of the training itself but because of what […]

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By Tom Davidson

Training is great. Don’t get me wrong. I make a good living as a leadership trainer. But entirely too much training is thrown at fixing performance challenges when the root cause of the problem lies elsewhere. This wastes their time, your money and opportunity cost for everyone of taking better action. Much like teaching a […]

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By Tom Davidson

It’s true that we all have natural abilities that are important factors in our career success. Some of us are naturals at sales and negotiation, while others are terrific at data analysis. Some managers are detail-oriented planners, while others are gifted at seeing the “big picture.”  However, the emphasis on strengths in popular management literature […]

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By Tom Davidson

“Dad, what do you do?” This was the question that Stafford County Administrator Anthony Romanello was asked by his son, a high school senior at the time, and one that would ultimately enlighten and inspire his own father, a veteran executive and respected civic leader. “I’m responsible for day-to-day operations of Stafford County, Virginia, government […]

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By Tom Davidson

When you’re an individual contributor, you measure your results by sales, acres, widgets and reports, but when you’re a leader, you measure your results by feedback. This was on my mind as I cut, split and piled firewood last weekend. I had felled the dead trees months before, and they had been collecting fungus and […]

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