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4 Jun, 2019

Leadership Thought #245 – Leaders Are Paid To Make the Hard Decisions

By |2019-06-04T07:40:48-04:00June 4th, 2019|Your Actions, Your Decisions, Your Leadership Role|0 Comments

Leadership is very rarely about doing what's easy. If the decision ends up on your desk it typically means no one else can or should be making it. As Harry Truman was fond of saying, "the buck stops here." If you are delegating properly, then your people will feel empowered to step up and make most day to day decisions. If you are picking the right people, then they will be capable of using sound judgment and thinking through just about anything. However, some issues still do come down to leadership prerogative and accountability.

25 Apr, 2019

Leadership Thought #493 – All Waves Come Crashing to Shore

By |2019-04-25T14:09:42-04:00April 25th, 2019|Business, Your Actions, Your Decisions, Your Leadership Role|0 Comments

We have experienced a very good run in business over the past decade or so. After experiencing a difficult recession, our economy roared back to life. Many of us have not only regained but grown our personal wealth as a result. It has been fun to participate in this Bull Market. Business conversations are […]

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.

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.

30 Aug, 2018

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

By |2018-08-30T14:15:00-04:00August 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 |2018-06-25T15:54:32-04:00June 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 |2018-02-12T22:00:17-04:00February 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 |2018-01-15T23:38:25-04:00January 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 |2017-06-07T18:29:13-04:00June 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 […]