Karl Sprague

You’ve Hit A Creative Wall. Now What Do You Do?

There is a point at which creators go from dream to action. From intention to execution. But in between there is a space. Sometimes that space can feel uncomfortable. Ridiculously uncomfortable. Intellectually, you know you have to take action, but sometimes you struggle. You get distracted. You’re not motivated. Or you’re in the grips of …

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How To Lead Meetings That Won’t Waste Time And Actually Drive Results

Most people hate meetings. And for good reason. We did them poorly prior to COVID and the explosion of remote work and virtual meetings. Now we really suck at conducting meetings. They’re inefficient, unproductive and eat up valuable time. But they’re necessary. You can’t have one-off conversations with each person in your organization or on …

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Two Mindsets That Prevent Your Success…and How to Avoid Them

Last year I passed 11,000 one-to-one hours as an executive coach. I expected to feel smarter. Or taller. Ever since I passed 10,000 hours, I’ve been waiting to receive my expert badge from some Malcolm Gladwellian Outliers emissary. But I’m not holding my breath. I know I still have A LOT to learn. How do you view …

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Does the Focus on Authentic Leadership Make You Want to Gag, Too?

“Be yourself, everyone else is taken.” Oscar Wilde Do we really need reminders of the need to be authentic as leaders? Apparently we do, based on the 103 million results on a Google search for “authentic leadership.” There are bestselling books on the subject on Amazon and articles in Forbes and the Harvard Business Review. …

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The Little Secret to Winning Your Moments of Truth

Human identity is the most fragile thing that we have, and it’s often only found in moments of truth. – Alan Rudolph We tend to consider the negative impact of distractions as it relates to our productivity. But what about our communications? And what about our…gasp…relationships? We tend to evaluate our productivity and effectiveness based …

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Managing Up (Even When Your Boss is Delusional)

Leading other people is a noble pursuit. When you can help someone develop skills and realize success, it can be gratifying. Humbling. Rewarding. Hopefully, that drives you to become a better leader. Leading others can also be challenging. We’re dealing with humans, so there are unique behaviors, motivations, psyches and backstories that each of your …

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