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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 […]

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.

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:

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:

17 Dec, 2017

Happy Holidays 2018!

By | 2017-12-17T18:46:07+00:00 December 17th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Personal|0 Comments

As we approach the end of another year, I wanted to reach out and wish all my friends and colleagues: Christian, Jewish, Muslim and all others a very happy holiday season.  I have always believed that all great truths are universal and not bound by the parameters of any one point of view. The spiritual […]

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 […]