Category Archives: leadership

Now That’s a Leader – The Jerry Garcia Method

  Jerry Garcia did not think of himself as a leader. He did not like making decisions. He over-used consensus in directing the Grateful Dead. But he led his group to become the top-grossing concert band for decades. His legacy … Continue reading

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What’s More Important?

Hi, this is David DeFord. What’s More Important? Too often we put our tasks above our people. Do you find yourself continuing to work when a team member enters your work area? Do you glance up occasionally hoping to scare … Continue reading

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Learn Away Your Stress

David’s Corner Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DigYourWork Twitter at @DavidDeFord Google+ at https://plus.google.com/+DavidDeFord/ YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/DavidDeFord If you received this newsletter from a friend and would like to subscribe, just go to https://www.mcssl.com/WebForms/WebForm.aspx?wid=de1d9041-ef89-4c5e-b432-a43b5c8b6e07 —————————————————————- Hi, this is David DeFord. … Continue reading

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Pre-live the Tough Conversations

Pre-live Tough Conversations by David DeFord When you must discuss an issue with your employer, what you say and how you say it make a difference.  Pre-live the Conversation Before you visit with your boss, plan the conversation from beginning to … Continue reading

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Getting the Holdouts to Buy In

Thank you so much for your kind comments and thoughtful questions. I’m really getting excited about getting our guided mastermind group going. I’m only inviting people who I feel want to take their leadership to the next level. I’m assembling a … Continue reading

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Am I Investing My Time with the Right People?

Many years ago I met bestselling author and motivational speaker Charles “Tremendous” Jones. His signature line was, “Your life will be the same five years from now as it is today except for the people you meet and the books … Continue reading

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If It’s Lonely at the Top, You’re Not Doing Something Right

John Maxwell says that if it’s lonely at the top, you’re not doing something right. I agree. Old-timey leaders keep their distance. They lead with a frown, and manage their humble subjects. Most of their communication is one-directional—from the leader … Continue reading

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Don’t Complain about Complainers

Complainers are toxic. They poison a workplace. Their constant negativity sucks the life out of a room and out of a team. These unhappy stink bombs waste time, their time and the time of those around them. They waste your … Continue reading

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Study Leadership

A few months into my work as a young computer operator, my boss Roger, added to my responsibility. He assigned me to supervise the eight data entry operators. I was so excited to have my first leadership role. That excitement … Continue reading

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Pre-live Tough Conversations

This post is another in the “Dig Your Work” series. When you must discuss an issue with your employer, what you say and how you say it make a difference. Pre-live the Conversation Before you visit with your boss, plan … Continue reading

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