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16 May, 2018

Leadership Thought #476 – Five Traits That Separate The Best Leaders From The Pack

By | 2018-05-16T14:22:18+00:00 May 16th, 2018|Business, Your Actions, Your Leadership Role|0 Comments

Because of my line of my work I am fortunate to spend time with many successful people and study and research the topic even more.  One theme that runs through of my experience/research is that financial success (while important) is not the primary driver of an individual business leader’s success.  It is more of an […]

26 Apr, 2018

Leadership Thought #438 – Good People WILL Leave Your Organization

By | 2018-04-26T18:10:50+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Business, Your Leadership Role, Your Relationships|3 Comments

If you employ people, the reality is that employees will come and go. It is extremely rare that someone will take the entire business journey with you (or that you should want them to). A good company still experiences 10-15% turnover each year. One of my old bosses once told me that "The only certainty he had was that he was there at the beginning and would be there until he sells out or hands off the reigns to someone. More than likely, just about everyone else will come and go at some point. All you can do is strive to maximize the mutual benefit of the employer-employee relationship while they are here. You want to create an environment where good people want to stay, but accept the fact they will eventually leave, often for reasons beyond your control.” At the time I thought this was a bit cynical, but I see his wisdom more clearly many years later (Note: I left).

22 Feb, 2018

Why Do Leadership Development Programs Fail?

By | 2018-02-22T15:58:16+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Business, Your Knowledge|1 Comment

By Glen Calderon

In January 2014, McKinsey & Company conducted a study that examines the 4 main reasons why leadership development programs fail:

1.            Not allowing for context.  Simply, leadership development training is unique.  One size does not fit all regardless of a homogenous company, management or […]

8 Feb, 2018

Leadership Thought #400 – 25 Ways Leaders Get Themselves in Trouble

By | 2018-02-12T22:00:17+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Business, Your Actions, Your Decisions, Your Leadership Role|0 Comments

Leadership isn't easy or everyone could do it. Some talented people make it look easy, but we often don't see all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to make it look this way. Most leaders struggle at some point and have to learn some difficult lessons along the way. Experience can be the best teacher if you are open to learning. I've observed the following 25 ways (in no particular order) that leaders tend to get themselves in trouble:

2 Jan, 2018

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

By | 2018-01-02T08:46:05+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|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:

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 […]

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 […]