Karl Sprague

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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Two Charts to Inspire You (Unless They Completely Freak You Out!)

Effective communication comes in different forms, at different times, for different audiences. Sometimes you want to influence or motivate…and the words escape you. You want to create a sense of urgency, but your team members seem comfortable with a slower pace. Hmmm. You want to convey the benefits of hard work and persistence, but you …

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Drive: Your Success Requires a bit of Andy Grove and a lot of John Lee Dumas

Self-awareness is key to successful leadership. Strengths and weaknesses. How you are experienced by others. How about what drives you? What is it that gets you out of bed every day to hustle? You’ve seen people who get up late and immediately begin their days with dawdle and distraction. They go through the motions. They’re …

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Your Stress and Eustress, Possibly Your Hidden Superpower

There are certain things you know for certain. Like stress is unhealthy. You should do everything you can to eliminate it. You’ll live longer. Since you’re probably like me and haven’t achieved a Zen-like alternative state and eradicated all forms of stress from your daily existence, it keeps showing up. Sometimes you can’t help yourself. …

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Great Leaders Ask Great Questions (to Others and Themselves!)

Leadership involves making hard decisions. The right decisions…hopefully. Sometimes your leadership role requires you to give answers. Sometimes you need to give a directive or delegate a task. You need to communicate effectively. Your purpose. Your “why.” People want guidance. They seek encouragement. They crave recognition. You know that listening is a critical part of …

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This Quiet Leadership Skill May Be Your Most Powerful One

When you assume the responsibility of leadership, certain expectations come with the territory. You need to be action-oriented. Goals aren’t achieved by sitting still. You need to make decisions. Sometimes difficult ones. Communication is a necessary skill, to convey your vision for the future. To delegate tasks. To let people know how their role fits …

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