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7 Oct, 2018

Daily Leadership Thought #139 – When You Commit – Fully Commit!

By |2018-10-07T13:27:34+00:00October 7th, 2018|Business, Personal, Your Actions, Your Decisions, Your Leadership Role, Your Life|0 Comments

I am regularly flabbergasted by the number of professional people I interact with who think it is okay to just miss meetings and/or deadlines as it suits them. This is especially true when it come to philanthropic or voluntary responsibilities. I do my best to give people the benefit of the doubt and understand that they can be stretched way too thin, but after awhile, why should this be anyone's problem but their own. Whatever happened to personal responsibility? We are all busy. We are all striving to find work-life balance. Life is about making choices and establishing priorities.

30 Aug, 2018

Leadership Thought #202 – Do You Always Wait Until The Last Minute?

By |2018-08-30T14:15:00+00:00August 30th, 2018|Business, Personal, Your Actions, Your Decisions, Your Leadership Role, Your Life|0 Comments

I've heard many leaders tell me they always wait to do something until the last minute because they perform best under this type of pressure. Sounds like a bit of rationalization to me. I know that when I procrastinate on something it's not because it is the best way to work - it is often quite the opposite. I just don't want to do whatever it is because I view it as drudgery, am unsure how to proceed or I'm not sure I'll be pleased by the outcome. I cannot imagine any scenario where purposefully putting yourself under time pressure until the last minute makes any sense.

25 Jun, 2018

Excerpts from Jim Collin’s Book, “How The Mighty Fall”

By |2018-06-25T15:54:32+00:00June 25th, 2018|Business, Your Decisions, Your Leadership Role|0 Comments

Great book worth reading by every business leader – How The Mighty Fall

I just wish he published more often…

Five Stages of Decline:

  1. Hubris Born of Success
  2. Undisciplined Pursuit of More
  3. Denial of Risk and Peril
  4. Grasping for Salvation
  5. Capitulation to Irreverence or Death

“The concept of hubris is defined as excessive pride that brings down […]

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.

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 […]
13 Jan, 2017

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

By |2017-05-08T17:15:24+00:00January 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 […]

30 Jun, 2016

Leadership Thought #479 – Leading A Business Is Hard Work

By |2017-05-08T17:15:30+00:00June 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+00:00April 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.