Dating back to our earliest days in management training, we have all been taught that we are to first build a great team, and then the results will just "come." There are many organizations out there that still operate under this pretense, at least when it suits them, even though the logic behind the statement is flawed. The statement is too simplified and can lead to issues when trying to lead a team through a time of change. While the idea that great teams will perform better than others is mostly true, that does not mean that a focus on performance [...]
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I consider myself to be quite productive, to the point where people have asked me to share my process with them on multiple occasions throughout my career. I'm not perfect, but I subscribe to some teachings of those who are as close to perfect at this as it gets, and it has helped me to accomplish many things over shorter periods of time than the average person. The fact that I work as much as I do plays a big role in that, but what gets lost in that is the fact that I can still be highly productive when I'm [...]
I'm not usually a proponent of going at things without a solid plan in place, but sometimes taking the opposite approach can be the best thing for you. While this isn't something I recommend you do often, there are some specific times when I find it necessary to "get out of your head" and just "Do." When your plans start to get too detailed, there's a pretty good chance that you're grasping for things to do just for the sake of completion. You may need to get back into the areas where the action happens in your work or life, and [...]
Throughout the course of our careers, we encounter a few people who make a drastic impact on our lives and careers. These are people who see something in us that we do not see in ourselves; often they are supervisors, but not always. I'm interested in hearing about the first person in your career that fits this mold. My very first situation liked this happened when I was 16 years old, working in a restaurant during high school with the idea of saving up enough money to move back home to Hawaii as soon as I graduate. At the time, having [...]
I'm sure many people reading this are going to be quick to point out the negative aspects of managing results over relationships without reading further than the title. Those of you who are familiar with my work are well aware of my passion for people, so this title may come as a bit of a surprise. You are also likely familiar with my propensity to discuss the ugly side of organizational leadership; the types of situations that don't make it into the final cut of the many best sellers out there. We have all been taught, early in our careers, that [...]
If you oversee multiple locations, there will be times when the best decision you can make entails moving someone from one location to another. The problem with these types of moves is that they do not always get done for the right reasons, and can often lead to disaster. Some of the biggest mistakes organizations make happen as a result of these types of moves being made when a better option existed. If you speak to anyone who has come up through the ranks in retail management, you will undoubtedly find that each of them were moved all over the place [...]
I knew I wanted to be a multi-unit leader before I even became a single-unit manager for the first time. I'll never forget how it felt when I finally reached that point in my career, and there's nothing like it. I've dedicated a large part of my life to helping others to get there themselves, and although it hasn't always worked out for them, the ones who have excelled are the proudest accomplishments of my career, and I have no plans on slowing down anytime soon... You can never fully prepare someone for the step from single to multi-unit management, nor [...]
There will be points throughout your career where you will be put in situations that truly test your personal value system. Decisions will need to be made that are not nearly as clear-cut as you would like them to be. People's lives will be affected, including your own, and there won't always be a "good" answer to the problem you're dealing with. Sometimes, there will be forces pulling at you from different directions, and the time you have to make these decisions is never enough. If this hasn't happened to you before, just wait; it happens to all of us as [...]
If you are interested in writing an article to be featured on myLessonsinLeadership.com, please reach out to me. I know a lot of you have great ideas that you have shared with me on our various social media platforms. Most of you don't want to go through the hassle of setting up a blog of your own, and I don't blame you, it can be exhausting. If you want to write a guest post here, just let me know. It's an easy way to get your word out there for the world to see. I'm not charging for this, just looking [...]
I'm an operator, always have been, always will be. It's in my blood, I love it, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Being an operator has the highest of highs and lowest of lows in an organization. We are the front line. We are the company in the eyes of the consumer. We are the main reasons organizations rise and fall. And, let's face it; we are pretty damn arrogant when it pertains to the way organizations are run outside of Ops. Operators have always been, and will always be, extremely opinionated over the way organizations operate outside of [...]