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Sometimes You Don’t Need a Plan


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 [...]

Sometimes You Don’t Need a Plan2018-08-05T20:27:17-04:00

Managing Results vs Managing Relationships


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 [...]

Managing Results vs Managing Relationships2018-07-04T17:15:27-04:00

What Lines Will You Never Cross?


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 [...]

What Lines Will You Never Cross?2018-06-11T15:55:56-04:00

An Operator’s Guide to Silo Busting


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 [...]

An Operator’s Guide to Silo Busting2018-06-10T19:28:10-04:00

An Easy Way to Reflect On Your Approach to Leadership


Great leaders spend a lot of time reflecting on their decisions, their relationships, and their overall approach.  It's an extremely important part of the visualization process, as we all need to reflect on what we have done in order to ensure that we are doing the right things that will take us to where we want to go. Are you on track?  Have you accomplished the objectives you've set out to this point?  Have you accomplished the things you sought out to achieve, are you on the path to achieve your future goals?  These are questions we ask ourselves regularly, both [...]

An Easy Way to Reflect On Your Approach to Leadership2018-06-08T17:12:51-04:00

The One Proven Way To Motivate Your Team


I was inspired to write about motivation after watching a fantastic video  by a friend of mine on LinkedIn.  I didn't ask for her permission to share her info here, but I will add a link to her post once I speak with her. There are so many things written on motivation that it can be hard to know what approach is the best one to take when working with people on your team.  There are a lot of really good ideas out there, but most of them aren't the type of things that will gain lasting change in someone.  Throwing [...]

The One Proven Way To Motivate Your Team2018-05-29T17:10:52-04:00

Who Will Take Your Place?


I'm often asked to give people advice on how they can get promoted faster.  The complete answer to that question differs from person to person.  Everyone have different things we need to work on, and our professional situations vary, but there is one part of the "promotion" question that has to be a part of the answer, every time:  You MUST have a back fill.

Who Will Take Your Place?2018-05-19T16:38:47-04:00

Why Don’t We Teach Our Teams To Manage The Money We Pay Them?


Have you ever met someone brilliant at running a successful business, yet horrible at managing their own personal finances?  A large percentage of business leaders cannot struggle to find their same levels of success at home as they do in their careers.  You should never assume that just because someone can effectively manage a business for someone else, that they immediately must be effective in managing their own personal finances.  These two things are not mutually exclusive, even if the principles are similar in many ways. Several years back, I decided to make personal finance training available to anyone on my [...]

Why Don’t We Teach Our Teams To Manage The Money We Pay Them?2018-05-06T20:06:28-04:00

Doing the Right Thing, For the Wrong Reason, Does Not Make it Right


Leave it to a horrible leader to turn something that could be a major positive into a complete culture killer.  Chances are, you have either worked for someone who has done this, or you know someone who does this.  This is not confined to work situations, not at all, and the result that comes from these situations are always the same.  When this happens to you, you are always left wishing this "favor" or "gift" you were given never happened in the first place. As a leader, a friend, a relative, or a complete stranger; doing something nice for someone should [...]

Doing the Right Thing, For the Wrong Reason, Does Not Make it Right2018-03-28T17:36:43-04:00

Some Unconventional Thoughts on Loyalty


It seems that the only time we hear the term "loyalty" discussed, it's when someone is referring to the overall lack of it in today's workplace.  Typically it is a jab at the millennial generation.  I've had plenty to say on this topic, and will continue to have new insights to add to the discussion, but I want to a different approach in this conversation. I have worked with people who "value loyalty" above all other attributes, to the point where they are willing to admit that it has hurt them in their careers at times.  It's like a badge they [...]

Some Unconventional Thoughts on Loyalty2018-04-01T15:30:18-04:00