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24 Aug, 2016

Leadership Thought #480 – Recruiting/Retention Is More Important Than Ever

By | 2017-05-08T17:15:29+00:00 August 24th, 2016|Business, Your Actions|0 Comments

The war for talent is not just a contrived theory it is reality.  Despite what our politicians may be saying, there are many good jobs out there at all levels of skill, talent and experience. In all my years of consulting/coaching I have never seen a period where so many companies have vacancies for key […]

5 Apr, 2016

Leadership Thought #419 – The Problem of Attention Deficit Leadership

By | 2017-05-08T17:15:37+00:00 April 5th, 2016|Business, Miscellaneous, Your Actions, Your Decisions, Your Leadership Role|1 Comment

Leaders have far too many tools to distract them these days. It's easy to default to hyper-activity mode where action and movement trumps everything else. For example, it's impossible to properly listen to someone or fully understand a situation if you are constantly checking-in and out of the conversation or thinking about what else you could/should be doing. It worries me that as business and life gets increasingly complex our leaders are losing their capacity to focus and think. More often than not, there isn't a simple answer or quick fix to issues that end up on the desk of the chief decision maker. While it has become popular these days to espouse the benefits of learning by failing, some failures are hard to recover from (and completely unnecessary). You can't just plough forward and believe that courage, confidence, speed and resilience are the primary secrets to success. The quality of your thinking, application of your experience, soundness of your judgment, and consistency of your effort are equally important.

27 Jun, 2017

Leadership Thought #489 – Be Mindful of the 3 Temptations

By | 2017-06-27T11:10:26+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Business, Personal, Your Actions|0 Comments

Temptation is an issue we all deal with.  I don’t usually mix my faith which I deem to be a very personal issue with my leadership development work.  And, I have no intention of radically changing course now, however what we read and study does affect us and inform our beliefs.  From when I was […]

7 Jun, 2017

Leadership Thought #488 – 22 Questions You Should Ask Someone Before You Put Them in A Management Position

By | 2017-06-07T18:29:13+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Business, Your Actions, Your Decisions, Your Leadership Role|1 Comment

Through the years I have seen many unsuccessful promotions of staff to management positions and bad outside managerial hires.  More often than not, the outcome would have been obvious if the employer had taken some time to ask a few basic questions during the screening process:

  1. What is your personal definition of management?
  2. Why do […]
23 May, 2017

Leadership Thought #487 – Business is Much Harder If You Don’t Have Passion

By | 2017-05-23T18:51:25+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Business, Your Actions, Your Leadership Role, Your Words|0 Comments

In business (and life), patience may be a virtue but passion becomes a prerequisite.  Being a small business owner is hard work especially for founders and growth oriented leaders. You truly must believe in what you are doing to overcome the many obstacles that inevitably appear on your path along the way.  Most people wouldn’t […]

2 May, 2017

Leadership Thought #486 – Be Wary of Angry People

By | 2017-05-08T17:15:19+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|Business, Personal, Your Actions, Your Relationships|0 Comments

Whenever you get a disproportionate angry response from someone, there is usually something else deeper going on.  People don’t normally go from 0-60 emotionally in a very short time span unless they are already somewhat vulnerable and/or irritable to begin with.  Moreover, although you may be the target of their invective, they may be trying […]

20 Apr, 2017

Leadership Thought #485 – The Rules Don’t Apply to Me Syndrome

By | 2017-05-08T17:15:21+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Uncategorized, Your Actions, Your Leadership Role|0 Comments

I often observe many leaders who think they are the exception to the rule.  Maybe in some regards they are, but not across the board.  Moreover, not all exceptions are created equal or warrant consideration.  There are some obvious rules of personal and business behavior that we should all respect or at least take heed […]

20 Feb, 2017

Leadership Thought #301 – President’s Day Is A Special Day

By | 2017-05-13T00:36:44+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Uncategorized, Your Leadership Role|0 Comments

President’s Day is a very special day.  We take time to honor two great men and past presidents: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.   A case could easily be made that without the influence and leadership of these two men our country wouldn’t exist […]

1 Feb, 2017

Leadership Thought #484 – Regaining Leverage in The Employer-Employee Relationship

By | 2017-05-08T17:15:23+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Business, Your Actions, Your Leadership Role, Your Relationships|0 Comments

Employee engagement doesn’t mean coddling or succumbing to every employee need or whim.  Employers, you still and will always have more leverage in the relationship.  Lately, I’ve watched as many of you have allowed your power dynamic to shift upside down. Given the purported dearth of talent and supply of qualified candidates, you are slowly […]

19 Jan, 2017

Leadership Thought #483 – Words Matter

By | 2017-05-08T17:15:23+00:00 January 19th, 2017|Business, Personal, Your Leadership Role, Your Words|0 Comments

I remember my mom telling me early on that “words matter.”  Once you say something it cannot be unsaid.  Even if you apologize and/or make excuses, the imprint on another person’s brain is still there.  And, sometimes the repercussions can last for years or even a lifetime.  There are many situations where I wish I […]

13 Jan, 2017

Leadership Thought #482 – We Need Move Towards Not Away From One Another

By | 2017-05-08T17:15:24+00:00 January 13th, 2017|Business, Uncategorized, Your Actions, Your Decisions, Your Leadership Role, Your Relationships|0 Comments

We need move towards not away from one another.  I worry that lately we are a culture that has embraced a “divide and conquer” mindset.  Instead of “win-win” we think “win-lose.”  Instead of choosing to co-exist with people who think differently from ourselves, we further and further isolate ourselves from others who could potentially expand […]