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31 Jul, 2018

Leadership Thought #403 – What Makes A Great President

By |2018-07-31T09:41:51+00:00July 31st, 2018|Miscellaneous, Uncategorized, Your Actions, Your Leadership Role|2 Comments

In less than two months we will have a presidential election here in the United States. Billions of dollars have been spent trying to influence voters to lean one way or another. Interestingly enough a majority of people will simply vote their party line and put very little effort into understanding the position of the other candidate or their leadership abilities. As a result, a comparatively small number of swing voters in an equally small number of states will end up deterring the final outcome. As someone who certainly has a strong sense of party loyalty but has crossed party lines on many occasions this has always frustrated me. No one party has the market cornered on good ideas or is the sole wellspring of capable leaders - the history of our nation has proven this. I have spent considerable time studying leadership and observing leaders. I also enjoy reading about the presidency and the 43 occupants of the oval office. In my humble opinion, the most successful presidents have exhibited the following traits:

31 May, 2018

Leadership Thought #490 – How To Avoid Self-Sabotage

By |2018-06-01T19:03:22+00:00May 31st, 2018|Business, Personal, Your Actions, Your Life, Your Relationships|0 Comments

It seems like almost every day we read online or in print media about another famous person or business leader who commits self-sabotage.  It’s almost as if they can’t help it.  There is something about success which turns certain people against themselves.   You would think getting to the top of the mountain in life […]

16 May, 2018

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

By |2018-05-26T08:19:43+00:00May 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 […]

8 Feb, 2018

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

By |2018-02-12T22:00:17+00:00February 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:

15 Jan, 2018

Martin Luther King as A Leader

By |2018-01-15T23:38:25+00:00January 15th, 2018|Miscellaneous, Your Actions, Your Decisions, Your Knowledge, Your Leadership Role, Your Words|3 Comments

Donald T. Phillips in his wonderful book, Martin Luther King on Leadership, does a nice job providing significant detail as to why Martin Luther King (MLK) was a great leader. We often focus on the rhetoric and powerful speeches that he gave, but there is so much more substance to the man than just what he had to say.

2 Jan, 2018

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

By |2018-01-02T08:46:05+00:00January 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 Aug, 2017

Leadership Thought #490 – Sometimes A Leader Sticks Around Too Long: Arsene Wenger

By |2017-08-27T15:26:22+00:00August 27th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Your Actions, Your Leadership Role|0 Comments

Sometimes a leader sticks around too long.  I am a big fan of Arsenal Football Club and this has become a much more difficult chore than it used to be.  The club that used to be known for its innovative offensive play-making and rock solid defense has become sadly predictable to defend and quite […]

27 Jun, 2017

Leadership Thought #489 – Be Mindful of the 3 Temptations

By |2017-06-27T11:10:26+00:00June 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+00:00June 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 […]