Making The Cut

Do you recall when you were young and the leaders among you picked and chose when choosing sides in a game? Some kids were chosen first and a few were usually last to be chosen. If the number of players on each team was limited, some children didn’t make the cut at all.

Things have not changed all that much since those days. Making or not making the cut still applies at work, in clubs or other organizations, when dating, anywhere teams are the order of the day, with who is and who is not seen as a friend, and on and on.

In this episode of the Audio Tidbits Podcast, I share six tips for making the cut. Please listen and consider using the tips whenever making the cut is important to you.

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3 Steps To Better Outcomes

There is a fairly simple principle that most of us know but frequently don’t follow. When we are not getting to where we were headed, continuing in the same direction probably won’t get us there. If how we have been trying to succeed is not leading to success, doubling down on the same strategy likely will not result in eventual success.

 

I know, you already knew that. I knew it too but still find myself using the same approaches that haven’t worked in the past with children, co-workers and in other situations where the success of others is important to me and to them. It is frustrating but actually not surprising that those approaches still don’t work.

 

In this episode of the Audio Tidbits Podcast I spend a few minutes thinking about this peculiar behavior and suggest steps to get beyond staying stuck in ways of relating to and working with people that haven’t worked and are unlikely to work any time soon. Please listen and see if there is a point or two there that you may find useful.

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Authority Junky?

Do you know someone who delights in figuratively pushing others around, telling them what to do, being in charge, and generally bossing others whether they are actually in a position to do that or not? It seems that their main agenda is letting everyone know that they are the big dog. Even worse, do you have to work with someone like that or spend time around them? If so, you have an authority junky in your life.

 

In this episode of the Audio Tidbits Podcast, I explore what is going on with those authority junkies and suggest one strategy you may want to use when put in a position where you have to put up with one of them. If this is of interest to you, please listen.

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Who Do You Respect?

I have heard people say that they have no respect for this person or that individual. I think this generally means that they disapprove of the person’s beliefs, behavior, or some other aspect of who they are or how they behave. Fair enough. For most of us, there are some people we do not want to associate with and who we deplore.

 

Consider this though. If we were to interact with those people, how would we conduct ourselves? Would we behave disrespectfully? Would we behave in a way that conveys our contempt? Perhaps we would but more likely we would try to avoid the individuals or should that not be possible, we would try to restrain our urge to be overtly disrespectful.

 

Most of us have few occasions to interact with people we truly disrespect but do frequently interact with people who we can easily disrespect without any conscious intent to do so. We are simply dismissive with them and make no effort to offer them the respect they hope for and likely deserve. Although we may give no thought to it, they know we do not value them and they thus feel (quite validly) disrespected.

 

In this episode of the Audio Tidbits Podcast, I focus on this tendency in all of us and suggest an alternative approach to everyone and to all of our interactions with others. I suspect you will find yourself thinking about at least one person you know who has this respectfulness with others thing down pat. They are one of those people for whom respectfulness is their middle name, as they say. How do they do it? Please listen to see if the episode offers an important clue.

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What Is Blocking Your Success?

We hear that some of us are traveling on easy street. Well, maybe so but probably not. I think it is fair to say that there is never a clear path to success. No matter how smart we are, how lucky we are, how rich we are, how old we are or how determined we are, there is always something or someone getting in our way from here to there. The issue is not whether we confront road blocks along the way. We do and will. The issue is what we do about them, how we get there in spite of the barriers and challenges.

In this episode, I share with you a little story of challenge and opportunity along with some thoughts about PRIDE and its role in our success. Please listen and consider the message.

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Managing The Future

We have all heard that the world is divided into those who tend toward optimism and those who lean toward pessimism. Some folks live at the extremes and others fall somewhere in-between. In this episode of the Audio Tidbits Podcast, I share with you a philosophy that suggests that it makes little difference whether you are optimistic or pessimistic, although Winston Churchill did note that given a choice, he figures that optimism is more fun. As we approach our futures, we have what I think of as a management opportunity. Whether we think positive or think negative, the management challenge remains the same. Please listen and see where you come down on the issue.

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The World’s Best Advice (Vol. 6)

The Audio Tidbits Podcast team has collected a series of tidbits incorporating the world’s best advice. These life gems are packaged in six episodes that we are sharing with you in the hope that you adopt them as elements in your personal style as you continue to make a difference to people who make a difference to you. This edition of the Audio Tidbits Podcast shares one of those six episodes for your enjoyment and consideration.

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The World’s Best Advice (Vol. 5)

The Audio Tidbits Podcast team has collected a series of tidbits incorporating the world’s best advice. These life gems are packaged in six episodes that we are sharing with you in the hope that you adopt them as elements in your personal style as you continue to make a difference to people who make a difference to you. This edition of the Audio Tidbits Podcast shares one of those six episodes for your enjoyment and consideration.

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The World’s Best Advice (Vol. 4)

The Audio Tidbits Podcast team has collected a series of tidbits incorporating the world’s best advice. These life gems are packaged in six episodes that we are sharing with you in the hope that you adopt them as elements in your personal style as you continue to make a difference to people who make a difference to you. This edition of the Audio Tidbits Podcast shares one of those six episodes for your enjoyment and consideration.

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56 Keys To Rate Great Bosses or Why You Call It Work

James joins the Audio Tidbits Podcast today to help you decide whether or not your boss is a keeper. I know. You don’t need James to know if your boss deserves a place among the boss elite or perhaps already is solidly at the bottom of the pile of jerks who just happen to be in charge. Even so, you may find it helpful to know these 56 specific points that distinguish great bosses from the rest of the pack. They will be handy the next time you wonder if the grass may actually be greener somewhere else. Have a listen and decide for yourself.

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The World’s Best Advice (Vol. 3)

The Audio Tidbits Podcast team has collected a series of tidbits incorporating the world’s best advice. These life gems are packaged in six episodes that we are sharing with you in the hope that you adopt them as elements in your personal style as you continue to make a difference to people who make a difference to you. This edition of the Audio Tidbits Podcast shares one of those six episodes for your enjoyment and consideration.

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The World’s Best Advice (Vol. 2)

The Audio Tidbits Podcast team has collected a series of tidbits incorporating the world’s best advice. These life gems are packaged in six episodes that we are sharing with you in the hope that you adopt them as elements in your personal style as you continue to make a difference to people who make a difference to you. This edition of the Audio Tidbits Podcast shares one of those six episodes for your enjoyment and consideration.

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The World’s Best Advice (Vol. 1)

The Audio Tidbits Podcast team has collected a series of tidbits incorporating the world’s best advice. These life gems are packaged in six episodes that we are sharing with you in the hope that you adopt them as elements in your personal style as you continue to make a difference to people who make a difference to you. This edition of the Audio Tidbits Podcast shares one of those six episodes for your enjoyment and consideration.

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Bass & Bass on Leadership

In this episode of the Audio Tidbits Podcast, we take a somewhat different path. For those listeners who are serious about leadership, we are sharing excerpts from one of our favorite books on leadership written by well recognized experts in the field. The book is Bernard M Bass with Ruth Bass. The Bass Handbook of Leadership: Theory, Research, and Managerial Applications. Fourth Edition. New York: Free Press, 2008. We hope you enjoy the excerpts and find this podcast helpful.

 

If you would like more podcasts like this focusing on the work of recognized leadership experts, please let us know. Drop an e-mail to GAC@GaryCrow.net and we will try to accommodate to your interests.

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Adaptive Leadership (013)

This is the final section of the adaptive leadership series. Some may find it somewhat difficult to integrate into their leadership practice if they do not have the benefit of the earlier sections. Nonetheless, this section consolidates the leadership strategies from the earlier sections and incorporates the adaptive leadership philosophy when making decisions and working with the team to assure excellence performance and outcomes. Understanding that philosophy rests on a clear commitment to superior functioning and an unflagging faith in each member of the team.

 

Please listen and take the adaptive leadership philosophy to heart. It becomes who you are and how you do what you do, no exceptions, no excuses.

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Adaptive Leadership (012)

Misunderstandings, Power, Inclusion & Fire Prevention

 

In this episode in our adaptive leadership series, focus is on handling misunderstandings, the use of power and control, inclusion and avoiding the situation where the leader spends most of his or her time putting out fires. Sure, it is complicated but adaptive leadership is far from simple. May I suggest that you go back and listen to the earlier episodes if you have not already considered them. Once you have done that, this episode will more clearly fit into your adaptive leadership tool box.

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Adaptive Leadership (011)

In the last episode of the Audio Tidbits Podcast, I assured you that this episode would return to the content you have come to know and expect. As the series on adaptive leadership continues, you are certainly offered a full plate of tips and strategies for the adaptive leader. The range from making decisions and choices thoughtfully to being prepared to suck it up and do what needs done. I think you will be pleased. As Simon likes to say, “Listen and learn.”

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Simon says, “Communicate for Success.”

Simon is back. He says, “Communicate for Success.” In this episode of the Audio Tidbits Podcast, our old friend Simon shares his rules for effective success communication. There are several kinds of communication but communicating for success is special. Please listen and learn the strategies for making most any conversation a success conversation.

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Adaptive Leadership (010)

This episode of the Adaptive Leadership series includes three more strategies that adaptive leaders use to assure their success. It starts with distributing work and responsibilities effectively and – most importantly – fairly. It concludes with focus on always doing today’s work today. I think you will find the strategies helpful. Please listen and judge for yourself.

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