Resources for Leaders

The majority of these articles were originally published in a daily email newsletter called Upside Down Business. Upside Down Business is free and is written by Shaun Hair.

Heavy Swords and Kissing On The Lips: How Leaders Deal With Crisis

One of my favorite movie lines occurs in 13th Warrior. Herger stands in a boat and tosses Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan a Viking sword in anticipation of a looming conflict.  Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan complained, “I cannot lift this.”  Smiling, Herger hopped … Read More

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How To Tell Who Is Destroying Your Business

You have built a company that is doing well. You lead a team that is operating smoothly. You run a division that is meeting goals. But as you lay your head on your pillow, you have that nagging concern that … Read More

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Why You Shouldn’t “Maintain” Team Morale

Team morale matters. Most managers already know this. But understanding why morale matters and how to increase it is what separates a manager from a leader. A poor manager will look at team morale as an obstacle to overcome. He … Read More

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The Better Way For Your Team To Meet Goals

The leaders of the company gathered around a table for their regularly scheduled meeting. The first to give his report was the youngest manager of the group. He happily declared his team had been profitable for the past quarter. He … Read More

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An Unexpected Way To Build a Happy And Healthy Team

Today, let’s take a look at what a leaders’ words should be, rather than what they should not be. People are often placed in a position of authority because they have certain natural tendencies. They are more dominant in social … Read More

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Leaders Who Lie: When Pragmatism Diverges From Truth-Telling

Duplicitous. It’s a word that describes a type of deception that intentionally hides the truth. A person that is duplicitous basically has two versions of themselves. This person tells certain people one thing but tells another group of people an … Read More

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Efforts To Prove Your Wisdom May Be Proof Of a Lack Of It

Everybody knows that guy. Maybe you’ve even been that guy. I’ve probably been that guy. The guy who always has something to say. It doesn’t matter the topic, the occasion, or the people in the room, that guy will freely … Read More

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A Leader Does These 3 Things In Response To Criticism

If you have worked anywhere long enough, you will hear criticism. No leader worth her salt has ever climbed the ranks without getting poor marks at one point in her career. Criticism stings. Whether you hear it directly through a … Read More

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The Foolish Kind Of Sleep

Rest is a vital part of a healthy mind and a healthy body. Rest is also a reward to people who have stayed focused on the correct truths. For people that keep their eyes on wisdom and discretion, the Proverbs … Read More

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Make It a Habit To Listen And Learn

Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? The underdog turtle pulled out a surprising victory in a race against the much faster rabbit because the turtle was steady and did not quit. For sure, the primary moral of … Read More

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The Root of Self-Promotion Bears Dangerous Fruit

The meeting room is full. The conversation is brisk. The agenda is getting tackled. And then it happens. A certain project becomes the topic of discussion. A project you care about. A project you feel connected to. A project which … Read More

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What Would You Do For Treasure?

Although it was raining, I could see she was crying when she got out of the car. She was terrified. Or devastated. Or both. We were only recently engaged and I had not seen this side of Candice before. She … Read More

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