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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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Are You Ready to Turn the Page?

Dr. Paul Metler | 12/29/2014
As the year comes to a close, you may wax a little nostalgic. It’s quite possible that the image of an old desk calendar has faded from memory with the rise of so many efficient ways to over-schedule your life on the device of your choice. Still, it’s worth it for a moment to imagine the sound of a page tearing slowly from edge to edge. It’s a rite of passage. Out with the old and in with the new. The first glimpse of the New Year emerges. It’s time to turn the page, and for some it may be tempting to rip it out and throw it away.
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3 Gifts from Successful Change

Dr. Paul Metler | 12/22/2014
How do you feel about surprises? Watching someone open a gift can be as exciting as receiving a gift. There are several types of “gift-openers.” Some people struggle with the idea of destroying the creative artistry of wrapping paper and accessories on the outside of the gift. They employ a slow, deliberate approach. Others tear into a gift box as if it was a timed competition. Is it about the process, the gift hidden inside or the adrenaline rush of releasing the surprise? What about the awkward moment when you discover a gift is misguided or inappropriate? The defining moment of any surprise comes when the unexpected happens. Leading successful change is rewarding in and of itself. But, the rewards stretch beyond the process. Successful change leadership provides 3 surprising gifts that last well beyond goal achievement. Before you close out the year, take time to unwrap these gifts.
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Make Your Own List

Dr. Paul Metler | 12/15/2014
For the next few weeks the media will flood your mind with lists. You can discover the top news stories, the top songs, the biggest winners and losers for the past year. You can learn about the athlete of the year, the most influential person, the man of the year or the woman of the year. It’s a popular way to reflect on the year and categorize some big events. North American culture seems to have a love/hate relationship with lists. You love to guess who will show up on the list. You love to read the list and see if “they” got it right. As soon as the list comes out, you hate the fact that your favorite song was left off the list. You love to debate and disagree. You hate the fact that they didn’t ask your opinion on the best athlete.
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3 Ways to Sharpen Your Leadership Before the Year Ends

Dr. Paul Metler | 12/8/2014
It’s hard to ignore the calendar. Just this morning I heard someone comment, “This year’s almost over.” Whether you say it with a sigh or a sense of expectancy, 2014 is almost in the books. The end of the year is a complicated time. Your mind is getting mixed signals. Frequently, December cranks up busyness on the personal side of life while simultaneously marking a bit of a slow down for many business sectors. No matter what your calendar looks like, don’t miss 3 unique opportunities to sharpen your leadership.
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