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Category/Topic: Derailers


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

Your feedback-free zone could be a recipe for disaster. If you had the ability, would you tell your best friend that he or she was headed straight for a cliff at 90 miles an hour, or would you let them go? Worse yet, would you tell them what a great driver they are while they’re on […]

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By Tom Davidson

One of the most common mistakes new managers (and many experienced ones) make is passing the buck. Why? Because most people quite naturally want to be seen as competent, keep from “getting in trouble,” and avoid losing face. The real trouble comes from the fact that while these are the very results they are trying […]

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By Tom Davidson

As if there weren’t enough external threats to your business and your job, here’s an internal one you might not have recognized because of its slow emergence. It’s the Lake-Wobegon Syndrome, and you might have caught the virus yourself. “Welcome to Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and […]

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