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My Bracket is Busted

Dr. Paul Metler | 3/23/2015
March Madness has descended upon us. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is an interesting phenomenon. Consider the fact that one of the bracket challenges included over 11 million entries and you get a pretty good indication that the word “phenomenon” is not an overstatement. For college basketball fans, it just doesn’t get any better than this.
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Do You Need to Leave the Island?

Dr. Paul Metler | 3/16/2015
Effective leadership requires accurate information. That’s obvious. It seems that most conversations about information have shifted toward complaints about quantity. It’s understandable. Digital engagement often leads to an overwhelming torrent of attention grabbing messages. However, when you sift through your proverbial inbox, you need to sharpen your focus. Are you receiving the right information? The quality of information you receive is critical for your success.
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Do you have an Intrapreneurial Organization?

Dr. Paul Metler | 3/9/2015
Frequently, the entrepreneurial spirit is admired and praised. It is a deep stirring within to dream and pursue. If you are an entrepreneur or if you have spent any time with one, you know what it’s like to lift your eyes and gaze toward the horizon and dream. The recipe for an entrepreneur calls for creativity, innovation, courage and enthusiastic expectation of a better tomorrow. That’s the entrepreneurial spirit.
 
So, what’s an Intrapreneurial spirit? Jacob Morgan is a futuristic that enjoys painting a picture of tomorrow’s organizations. According to Morgan, it’s one of the guiding principles for effective work in the days to come. In the future, organizations will need to be Intrapreneurial.
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Do You Enter Conflict Like a Lion?

Dr. Paul Metler | 3/2/2015
There’s an old proverb that states, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” That’s an encouraging thought. It provides some hope for you if you are experiencing bitter cold or heavy snowfall. Better days lie ahead. Although the proverb can lift your spirits on a cold March day, it doesn’t hold true for “marching” into the boardroom. Conflict can become synonymous with stormy weather and entering into conflict like a lion does not always portend a brighter future. Rather than roaring, take a few cues from the end of March. Here are three keys for navigating conflict.
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Are you keeping it real?

Dr. Paul Metler | 2/25/2015
Authenticity has become something of a buzzword in leadership circles. Implications and explanations of leadership authenticity abound. Not long ago, I heard a leader describe the culture of his organization to a newcomer in simple terms. He said, “We keep it real around here!” That’s a pretty good opening line. After giving it some thought, I decided to unpack the statement a little. It turns out, there are few valuable lessons that lead the way for deeper discussions about how to develop greater authenticity.
 
The “we” in authenticity.
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Is it Safe?

Dr. Paul Metler | 2/16/2015
It’s winter and the weather seems to grab the headlines on a regular basis. Some parts of the country have had more than their share of snow, ice and cold. Harsh weather conditions affect some more than others. Some cities are able to take a couple of feet of snow in stride. In other places, schedules are adjusted at the mere threat of a few flurries. But, whether harsh weather is the norm or rare occurrence, most areas have a similar guiding question. Is it safe to venture out, or is it wise to stay in? Safety is always a concern.
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Love the Process

Dr. Paul Metler | 2/9/2015
It’s the week leading up to Valentine’s Day. It’s a big week for investing in expressions of love. According to a survey conducted by the Advertising and Marketing Association, the average annual Valentine’s Day spending tops $13 billion. That’s a lot of chocolate! In fact, the top five gifts include: candy, flowers, cards, jewelry and dinner out. After 180 million cards are received, the message of love is widespread.
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It’s Monday. Are you asking yourself, “What if?”

Dr. Paul Metler | 2/2/2015
There will be a lot of talk about decisions today. It’s the morning after Super Bowl XLIX and there’s plenty of talk. If you are into statistics, it might be interesting to determine the percentage of Monday morning quarterbacks and coaches among the millions of viewers who watched the game last night. Listening to all the buzz stirs my thinking about how decisions are evaluated. There’s no shortage of evaluation today. As I listen to the break down of plays, players, coaches, commercials and entertainment this morning, I have distilled a few questions of my own. It all begins with a two-word question.
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Challenges

Dr. Paul Metler | 1/28/2015
Recently, I met with a group of leaders in Central America. The blend of leaders from eight different countries provided a rich experience. Engaging leaders in dialogue about leadership transformation stirs passionate discussions about positive change and the unique challenges that threaten to derail progress.
 
It’s remarkable what happens when you pitch a question into a group of forty leaders. Surveying the cultural landscape is inviting and the gathering provided a perfect opportunity to learn. So I asked, “What are the greatest challenges you face in your context?”
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Pack Your Bags for 2015

Dr. Paul Metler | 1/5/2015
According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), 2014 was a banner year for international travel. It would be a monumental task to survey 1 billion international travelers and compile a journal from the stories, but it’s safe to say each trip provided some unique experiences. What comes to mind when you think about international travel? Does your mind flash to an episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern on the Travel Channel? Whether you consider culinary diversity an opportunity or a threat may reveal something about your penchant for adventure. If the promise of seeing new places for the first time gives a bit of an adrenaline jolt, you may just be a travel junkie. Travel delivers indelible memories enriched by a mixture of the expected and unexpected, the pleasant and the unpleasant. It’s a great metaphor for your journey into the New Year. What is your plan for personal development? As you launch into your own leadership journey for 2015 this week, are you ready to travel? Evaluate your plan for the year based upon three common travel considerations.
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