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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 […]

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 […]

4 Jan, 2017

Leadership Thought #459 – 7 Tips You Ensure You Hit Your Resolutions For The New Year

By | 2017-05-08T17:15:28+00:00 January 4th, 2017|Business, Personal, Your Actions, Your Life|0 Comments

Most of us will start the New Year with a list of goals we would like to achieve over the course of the next year. Making New Years' Resolutions has become an American pastime. Unfortunately, a majority of us will end up falling far below our initial expectations. For some reason we either lose interest, become distracted by other things, or find the goals end up requiring more than we are willing to give to get there. Over the years I've observed a much smaller number of people who actually achieve what they set out to do. From this experience, I've developed the following tips to help you become one of these lucky few:

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 […]

30 Jun, 2016

Leadership Thought #479 – Leading A Business Is Hard Work

By | 2017-05-08T17:15:30+00:00 June 30th, 2016|Business, Your Decisions, Your Leadership Role, Your Life|0 Comments

If leading organizations and people was easy, then everyone could do it.  I’ve had a number of conversations lately with clients and colleagues who are complaining about how hard they have to work.  More often than not, the average age of these people is under 45.  I try my best to be understanding and empathetic […]

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.