Lisa McLeod

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McLEOD: Leadership lessons from Monica Lewinsky

Monica Lewinsky had the guts and grace to own her mistake and turn it into something better. That is the real definition of a leader.

McLEOD: Marketing tips from the two best panhandlers in Vegas

I was recently in Vegas, where a walk down The Strip is a marketing juggernaut. From the costumed characters tossing you coupons for the all-you-can-eat buffet, to the carnival-like barkers pitching you on the coolest show in town, everyone is trying to sell you something. And then there are the panhandlers.

McLEOD: Is your job just a job?

People want to make money. They also want to make a difference. Bringing Noble Purpose into your work enables you to do both.

McLEOD: Internal Customers: A flawed concept that drives mediocrity

The internal customer is a well-intended concept that drives mediocrity. Real customers are the people who pay you, and use your services; they’re the people that everyone in your organization should focus on.

McLEOD: Your company’s culture matters more than goals

Goals are what you want to do. Culture is a critical element of how you get there. Be intentional and explicit about both.

McLEOD: Errors of apathy may be eroding your organization

The leader’s job is to take fear off the table. You create a proactive culture by rewarding initiative. Make it known that you want people to challenge the status quo, and take risks.

McLEOD: The mental shortcut that allows you to make quick decisions

Next time you’re faced with a challenge, don’t default to an either/or mindset. Your brain may prefer a false dichotomy, but your spirit and the universe prefer the Power of AND

McLEOD: The horrible awful thing that is wrong with schools

Many adults don’t understand or appreciate their own unique personality until later in life. Wouldn’t it be amazing if our kids started out adult life knowing that self-knowledge?

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McLEOD: Don’t be the person who waits for someone else to start

Somebody has to start. You can be one of the people who holds back, waiting to see what everyone else is going to do. Or you can be one of the people who has the courage to bring your full emotional self into everything you do.

McLEOD: Metrics drive mediocrity

Metrics-driven leadership is now the default. Leaders set numerical goals in an attempt to solve every problem from struggling schools to flagging sales. But the problem with metrics-driven leadership is that it doesn’t work.

McLEOD: Three types of people who will make you happier

The reason a life of endless to do’s feels hollow, is not because there’s too much to do, it’s because it none of it is emotionally satisfying. Without meaning, or connection, life is flat. The secret to making your life happier is sometimes as simple as a shift in perspective.

McLEOD: Doing the right thing can make you money (if you go first)

The organizations that challenge long-standing business models on behalf of improving life for the customers not only generate more good will, they have a strategic advantage because they create the new marketplace.

McLEOD: The arc of the universe really does bend toward the better

It seems like the world is getting worse. Only it’s not.

McLEOD: How the story of your job becomes the story of your life

When someone asks you what you do for a living, how do you answer? And equally, or perhaps even more important, what does your face look like?

McLEOD: Three mistakes that can ruin a project

Where do you start a painting project? Or any type of project? I was refinishing some furniture recently, and found myself thinking about the three classic mistakes that people make when managing project workflow.

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