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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.

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 […]

31 May, 2018

Leadership Thought #491 – How To Avoid Self-Sabotage

By |2018-10-01T10:18:22-04:00May 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 […]

26 Apr, 2018

Leadership Thought #438 – Good People WILL Leave Your Organization

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

2 May, 2017

Leadership Thought #486 – Be Wary of Angry People

By |2017-05-08T17:15:19-04:00May 2nd, 2017|Business, Personal, Your Actions, Your Relationships|0 Comments

Whenever you get a disproportionate angry response from someone, there is usually something else deeper going on.  People don’t normally go from 0-60 emotionally in a very short time span unless they are already somewhat vulnerable and/or irritable to begin with.  Moreover, although you may be the target of their invective, they may be trying […]

1 Feb, 2017

Leadership Thought #484 – Regaining Leverage in The Employer-Employee Relationship

By |2017-05-08T17:15:23-04:00February 1st, 2017|Business, Your Actions, Your Leadership Role, Your Relationships|0 Comments

Employee engagement doesn’t mean coddling or succumbing to every employee need or whim.  Employers, you still and will always have more leverage in the relationship.  Lately, I’ve watched as many of you have allowed your power dynamic to shift upside down. Given the purported dearth of talent and supply of qualified candidates, you are slowly […]

13 Jan, 2017

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

By |2017-05-08T17:15:24-04:00January 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 […]

5 Feb, 2016

Leadership Thought #458 – Questions To Ask Your Potential Executive Coach

By |2017-05-08T17:15:39-04:00February 5th, 2016|Business, Your Leadership Role, Your Relationships|2 Comments

Regrettably, I am in a profession where there are minimal barriers to entry and just about anyone (within reason) can claim to do what I do. Just about every week, I meet another person who is billing themselves as a business coach or executive coach and charging a considerable amount of money for something they have no business doing in the first place. More often than not, it is someone who has been downsized from an existing position or exiting a failed business endeavor, an individual who has hit a career brick wall themselves, an academic with free time on his/her hands, an independent consultant looking to supplement their income, or a psychotherapist who has figured out they can charge more money if they change the title of what they do. I shutter sometimes when I think about the bad advice which is regularly disseminated to executives and business owner by often well-intentioned, but under-skilled or poorly trained business coaches. Here are a few questions I recommend you ask before working with someone in this capacity: