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24 Aug, 2016

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

By |2017-05-08T17:15:29-04:00August 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 |2017-05-08T17:15:37-04:00April 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.

13 Apr, 2019

Leadership Thought #348 – Do You Know What Truly Makes You Happy?

By |2019-04-13T09:08:52-04:00April 13th, 2019|Miscellaneous, Personal, Your Life, Your Relationships|1 Comment

There are quite a few people out there who claim to know what will make us happy. I am always a bit suspect of accepting general answers to mostly subjective questions. One person's happiness can be another person's obligation or chore. My contention is that most people don't spend enough time truly trying to get in touch with themselves as individuals and what honestly makes them happy. In fact, we often feel a bit sheepish or odd when we don't follow a conventional formula for happiness. There is this overriding sense that it is better to fit in than be different - which is nonsense and direct pathway to personal malaise and/or unhappiness.

2 Apr, 2019

Leadership Thought #425 – 10 Ways To Ensure Your Business Success As A Leader

By |2019-04-02T17:20:11-04:00April 2nd, 2019|Business, Your Actions, Your Decisions, Your Leadership Role|3 Comments

Leadership isn't rocket science. Creating the conditions for business success is actually pretty basic: be clear about where you are going and why; define what success looks like and track performance; make sure all of your key people on the same page; don't "wing it" when it comes to important decisions; ensure that every single employee knows how they fit in the big picture and what they are supposed to be doing; create a process for providing on-going performance feedback; hold people accountable for results (including yourself); be careful about who you hire and put in supervisory roles; provide extensive training and support; never stop communicating with your customers; and make sure everyone shares in the success of the business but also feels the pinch of nonperformance.

22 Dec, 2018

Happy Holidays 2019!

By |2018-12-22T13:48:13-04:00December 22nd, 2018|Miscellaneous, Personal|0 Comments

Every year I look for inspiration to help me create this message and I must admit this year it has been a bit of a struggle.  The external environment seems so divisive at the moment and good people just can’t seem to figure out ways to respect each other’s views.  Many […]

7 Oct, 2018

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

By |2018-10-07T13:27:34-04:00October 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.

1 Oct, 2018

Leadership Thought #492 – Too Much Judgment of Others Without Facts?

By |2018-10-01T10:35:04-04:00October 1st, 2018|Personal, Your Actions, Your Knowledge, Your Relationships|0 Comments

It feels like we live in a world today where rushing to judgment on the behaviors and actions of others without all the facts has become the norm.  It is especially convenient when the person in question thinks or looks differently than us.  American is still a place where you’re innocent until proven guilty unless […]

24 Sep, 2018

Leadership Thought #240 – Eight Questions Leaders Should Be Asking All The Time

By |2018-09-24T13:28:33-04:00September 24th, 2018|Business, Your Knowledge, Your Leadership Role|4 Comments

As I've covered many times in previous blogs it becomes less and less and about you working harder or having all the answers and more about you diligently asking the right questions and letting others guide you. You need to become an expert question asker and never miss an opportunity to interact with all employees in this manner. There are seven question that when asked on a regular basis will encourage your people and ultimately the company as a whole to learn and grow:

11 Sep, 2018

Remembering 9-11

By |2018-09-11T07:51:45-04:00September 11th, 2018|Miscellaneous, Uncategorized|0 Comments

As I sit here writing with the names of the dead lost on September 11 being read in the background on TV it’s easy to get very emotional. It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since this terrible tragedy. You can still hear the pain in the voices of the family members as they take turns reading from the list. It must have been very hard coping with their grief all these years. I only hope they are able to find peace at some point.