A Shared Vision

"We want it more than they do." Do we want a free and democratic country for the Iraqis more than they want it for themselves?  Regardless of your opinion on the merits of the Iraqi War, this is a thought provoking question. Have you ever held a vision for someone or something that you want […]

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Trust, the Deep Rudder of Leadership

Others disappoint us when they break a promise or fail to honor their word.  Enough broken promises and distrust sets in.  When this happens, your focus shifts to staying afloat and out of troubled waters instead of excellence and serving the customer, employee or community. You and/or your business can dig a deep hole of […]

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My Twenty-One Favorite Things

How often are you side tracked by seeing only the big and lofty visions? Big and lofty visions are important and yet isn’t it the small and dailiness of it all that sustains us? Just for fun I started to make a list of things, experiences, and feelings that I really enjoy.  Here they are.  […]

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Outshine Your Competition with Lessons from Kindergarten

"Plays well with others" is as valuable in business as it is in kindergarten. Organization who clearly understand interdependence know that production, creativity, and performance are results of joint efforts, not just individual actions.  The synergy of individual efforts makes things happen in companies. In a sincere effort to motivate employees to excel and perform […]

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Undervalued People Skills Are Expensive

Making the numbers is a desirable trait of leaders. Who wouldn't want the leader of a company to make the numbers? If you are grooming leaders for your company, pay attention to their people skills as well as their ability to make the numbers. The CEO of a bank lamented to me the lack of […]

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Checklists Provide Consistency and Creativity

Making a checklist or written guidelines takes time and effort initially. Some people feel that structure stifles their creativity and spontaneity.  Too much "micro-structure" like micro-managing can be counter productive. Running a business without checklists and guidelines is inefficient.  People spend valuable mental energy thinking about the next step instead of executing pre-thought-out steps.  Good […]

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A Fun Place to Work Is Good for Business

Fortune's 2007 list of "100 Best Companies to Work For" ranks Google #1. Fortune asks "Is the stock value at $478 [as of April 26, 2007] because Google is a great place to work or is it a great place to work because the stock is at $478?" Maybe it's not either/or but both/and. Happy […]

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High Accountability in a Blameless Culture

A top priority for any business is organizational performance.  It’s not enough to develop and communicate strategies throughout the company. Strategies and goals must be executed.  In 2004 Ernst & Young reported that “66% of corporate strategies are not implemented.” Organizations that have a culture of accountability produce better results. When people at all levels […]

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Simple, Small Strategies for Success

Is God or the Devil lurking in the details (small strategies)? The small strategies are critically important to your enterprise. Many of us get so caught up in the big important things we neglect the little things until they show up at the worst possible time to bite us in the worst possible place. What […]

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Maximize Employee Strengths to Maximize Your Results

You can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear. Even the exquisite, highly prized orchid is a weed when it is growing in a corn field.  Weeds are flowers growing in the wrong place. How many companies unknowingly place employees in the wrong role and expect them to excel and win for the company?  […]

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