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iOne Think Tank: Mirror Leadership

Dr. Fred Johnson | 9/18/2017
We are happy to provide the video recording from our most recent iOne Think Tank presentation and discussion! 
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iOne Leadership Series Video Blog - Don't Ever Stop Growing

Dr. Fred Johnson | 9/15/2017
InitiativeOne is happy to announce our new iOne Leadership Series video blog! Check back weekly for another video post from Fred or other members of the InitiativeOne team! Today we're talking about continual improvement and how real leaders never stop growing.
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Want to Buy a Pair of Sunglasses?

Dr. Paul Metler | 8/23/2017
I was at the gym this morning and one of my friends offered to sell me a slightly used pair of eclipse glasses at a reduced price. I passed on the generous offer, smiled and went back to work. Just a few days ago eclipse glasses were a hot commodity. Today, not so much. Monday, they were necessary and today they are not. Obsolescence is defined as the process of becoming obsolete, outdated or no longer used. In the case of eclipse glasses, it’s a pretty easy determination. Matching the need with the solution, safety specs aside, was relatively easy. But, I wouldn’t recommend wearing your eclipse glasses when driving to work tomorrow morning.
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3 Lessons about Change You Can Learn from the Eclipse

Dr. Paul Metler | 8/11/2017
If you visit NASA’s total eclipse website you can discover the answers to important questions about the Total Solar Eclipse that is happening on Monday, August 21. Anyone in North America within the path of totality can view the total eclipse. The website provides good information about how to safely view the eclipse and protect your eyes while viewing this incredible phenomenon. As I read about the eclipse, I was intrigued by the basic storyline. Millions will drop everything and pause to watch the moon cover the sun for a brief period of time because most days there is no eclipse. It’s an awe-inspiring change from the norm.
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Competitive Advantage

Nick Metler | 7/13/2017

“The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be the only sustainable competitive advantage.”

(Arie de Geus)

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Help me?

Nick Metler | 7/10/2017
"If you need help bark like a dog.” –Gendry “That’s stupid. If I need help I’ll shout help.” –Arya (George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings) Asking for help. Do you find it difficult? A simple request for help can be one of the hardest questions for you to get out of your mouth. I know that it is for me. I love this quote because sometimes our needs are disguised. You may feel like it’s safer to sound like a dog barking, but really, you are longing for some help or guidance on what is going on at work or in your life.
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Feed Your Thoughts

Nick Metler | 5/30/2017
Leading well takes an extraordinary amount of trust. Trusting yourself and those around you is at the core of building healthy relationships when leading an effective team to success. In trusting yourself, you must be willing to change: change the way you think and change the way you lead.
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Is Your Team Misbehaving?

Dr. Paul Metler | 5/24/2017
Agreement. It’s a popular word when it comes to teamwork.
It’s not automatic.
Are we pulling in the same direction?
Do we collaborate, build consensus?
Do we trust each other?
Are our relationships healthy?
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Nick Metler | 5/17/2017
It is what gives us the strength to step over the ledge, to take a leap into the unknown despite the possibility that we may fall flat on our faces. Thomas Foster writes about our battle with this saying, “As thrilled as we are by the prospect of flying, we are also frightened at the prospect of falling.” Does our fear of falling outweigh our yearning to be able to spread our wings and fly?
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Seek to be a Righteous Leader

Brandon Buck | 5/15/2017
As leaders, we are constantly faced with tough decisions. Some of these decisions are life altering, (like moving, marriage, kids, new job, investing, selling, layoffs, etc.), while others are simple, (what should I eat, clothes to wear, etc.). However, the main point within all these decisions is the purpose behind the decision. Were your actions based on unguided ambitions or on a focused vision and sound values? In an era, where financial growth and social perception determine a company or individual’s success, many leaders are tempted and encouraged to violate their values. This violation of ethics, can and will destroy trust, create a feeling of guilt, and possibly lead to legal ramifications.
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