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24 Aug, 2016

Leadership Thought #480 – Recruiting/Retention Is More Important Than Ever

By |2017-05-08T17:15:29+00:00August 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+00:00April 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.

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:

14 Jul, 2018

Leadership Thought #367 – Be Authentic and Honest In Your Communication

By |2018-07-14T18:31:28+00:00July 14th, 2018|Personal, Your Life, Your Words|0 Comments

I find that most of us tend to avoid the emotionally difficult or awkward conversation. Instead of addressing an issue head on, we "beat around the bush" or try and avoid the issue altogether. This puts the onus on the other person to become a verbal detective and/or force the issue. This isn't fair to them or us. Moreover, I find that most of these types of exchanges devolve into a passive-aggressive dynamic which is unhealthy for the relationship. You ever notice that avoidance never works - it just delays the inevitable. In matters of importance to you or someone else, when you don't say what you truly mean (or feel) this is the textbook definition of be inauthentic as fellow human being.

4 Jul, 2018

The Courage Of Our Founding Fathers

By |2018-07-04T09:50:25+00:00July 4th, 2018|Miscellaneous, Uncategorized|4 Comments

As we get set to celebrate another Independence Day here in the United States, we should rightfully pay tribute the obvious courage that had to be exhibited by our Founding Fathers 236 years ago. Many of these men had much to lose and only marginal personal benefits to gain by signing the Declaration of Independence. They were already part of the established social and economic order and for the most part were beneficiaries of the existing system. In fact, although we often hear about the select few who rose to historical prominence, most of the others suffered great personal hardship as a result of their decision.

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 […]

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 […]

26 Apr, 2018

Leadership Thought #438 – Good People WILL Leave Your Organization

By |2018-04-26T18:10:50+00:00April 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).