Leader’s Intent

When a group of Marines line up to get orders for a mission, they are read in on what is called the Commander’s Intent. The commanding officer wants a particular outcome. The Commander’s Intent will define what success looks like for the mission. The Intent also tells the Marines why they are doing what they’re doing. Through the Commander’s Intent, Marines know the why and the what of their mission.

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Science Says Don’t Humblebrag

It's Actually Worse than Being a Narcissist or Complainer

You probably worked with or work with someone who is always the expert at whatever you’re talking about or the more accomplished in the experience you undertook. Regardless of who they are, he or she is the person you think is most disliked person in your life. Surprisingly, people actually hate someone even more than the braggart.

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What We’ve Got Here . . .

Communication Failures and How to Avoid Them

You’ve probably heard someone change the tone of their voice and say, “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” It’s an oft-quoted line from the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke. It’s a mood lightening way people will acknowledge that a breakdown in communication has occurred.

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Your Effectiveness Comes From Your Team

Steps to Effective Delegation

You have way too much on your plate not to delegate. You’re a busy manager with a lot of responsibilities. You know that delegating is one of the most critical skills for any manager to develop. You tried to delegate, and you found that you weren’t really sure what you were doing. You’re not the first leader to try delegating and realize you don’t know what you’re doing.

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Consequences of Belief: Words

The effect of what your words mean to you

In the first novel of the Harry Potter series, the wand maker Ollivander said that Lord Voldemort did great things – terrible, but great. The word great meant something to Ollivander that has led many to question what that is. After all, Voldemort’s reputation was that he was one of, if not, the evilest sorcerer of all time. His Machiavellian reign shouldn’t be something people praise.

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