Karl Sprague

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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11 Attributes of the Dream Employee (and Don’t Forget to Look in the Mirror)

Leading a team is one of the awesome roles in the management journey. All the oars pulling together. Each one doing their part to achieve a common goal. Yeah, that looks good on paper. And it has its moments. But any time people are involved, it can get clunky. And funky. At any time. When …

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The Leadership Practice to Drive Clarity, Decisiveness…and Insanity

Much of your success will be based on sustained effort over a long period of time. You’re checking that box. Daily. Hourly. Grinding. But getting from here to there, aren’t there some accelerators? If you think of short-cuts, it sounds like you’re trying to skip some steps. Maybe those steps are necessary. But you’d like …

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Why You Need to Tell Your Story

For most of us, our daily exchanges with casual acquaintances and strangers are pretty lame. You know: “How are you?” “Fine.” “ Glad to hear it.” End of conversation. Perfunctory. The words just come out. Sometimes, we don’t want to be rude, but we try to avoid the conversation altogether. After all, it could be a …

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