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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:

15 Jan, 2018

Martin Luther King as A Leader

By | 2018-01-15T23:38:25+00:00 January 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+00:00 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 Aug, 2017

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

By | 2017-08-27T15:26:22+00:00 August 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+00:00 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 […]

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 […]