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Performing While Still Building a Team? Get Used to It!


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 [...]

Performing While Still Building a Team? Get Used to It!2018-09-02T16:58:56-04:00

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

Genuine Leaders Don’t Interview Like Normal People


Most effective leaders spend most of their time playing the role of the potential employer when involved in an interview, but every once in a while the tables are turned.  Leadership positions are rarely short-term jobs, as it takes time to see a vision through to the end, so we tend to stay with employers for longer than the average employee, but every once in a while, we have to test to the job market. To people on the outside, it probably seems odd that someone who has interviewed countless people throughout their career would have such strong feelings about [...]

Genuine Leaders Don’t Interview Like Normal People2018-03-27T16:16:08-04:00

Can Employees Be Your Friends?


Before I get started here, I want you to understand a little bit about the way I conduct my business. I do not fraternize with my team. I do not hang out with them outside of work, ever. I guess I'm "old school" when it comes to that, as the boundaries between employee and employer seem to be fading over time, but I will continue to keep my boundaries in place, regardless of the change in what is considered acceptable throughout each industry.  The reason I operate this way has nothing to do with whether or not I like the people [...]

Can Employees Be Your Friends?2018-04-01T15:31:08-04:00

Do we have favorites? Of course we do!


Let me preface this by saying that showing favoritism  for reasons outside of performance or the attributes explained below is wrong, and will lead you to big problems down the road.  I do not condone that type of behavior, and would never recommend working for an organization where this is considered acceptable behavior.  You see that a lot when people blue the lines between personal and professional by hiring those they know or are even related to.  That’s just stupid; anyone with an ounce of leadership knowledge should know that you’re not supposed to crap where you sleep… ever!  Now, as [...]

Do we have favorites? Of course we do!2018-03-26T16:27:53-04:00

Leadership Style…


I figured it's about time I finally write a post on this blog I set up over a month ago.  The problem with these types of things are knowing where to start.  The obvious answer on this website would be to define leadership, however that opens up Pandora's box; with answers coming from all directions, each with a different perspective on the vague topic of leadership.  I think we'll open up that can of worms eventually, but not this day.  Instead, I've decided to skip that question altogether for now, and write about something I find a lot of fun to discuss: [...]

Leadership Style…2018-03-25T16:24:59-04:00

Managing Millennials


One of the things I've been hearing a lot lately, no matter where I look, are people complaining about how difficult it is to manage the millennial generation.  This generation of employee will represent the majority of the workforce within the next two decades. I personally don't see what the big deal is.  My team has been almost entirely comprised of millennials for the past few years, and they have been the most successful years I've experienced in my career to date.  I think people out there in the world who complain about "today's employee" have it all wrong, and if you fall victim their [...]

Managing Millennials2018-03-18T19:02:54-04:00

Circle of Influence: Volume 1


When I was growing up, I was amazed by the T-Mobile family plan and how you could select 5 people that, no matter what, you could communicate with regardless of the time of day, and you wouldn’t get charged. Without giving up my age, that was at a time where most cell companies didn’t have unlimited plans so that enticed several customers to switch over. Now that I have grown older and wiser, I do believe that there is a way to bring this type of “plan” into the leadership arena. Over the next couple of paragraphs, I am going to [...]

Circle of Influence: Volume 12018-03-20T22:08:00-04:00

Stop Trying To Teach “Soft Skills”


Interpersonal or “soft” skills is a term that we use to define one’s ability to positively connect with people.  We have all worked with someone struggles with this, some more than others, but there are always a few that really stand out.  Perhaps they’re too confrontational, fail to provide recognition, or struggle to uphold a positive work environment.   Most of us are probably guilty of trying to “fix” this in people by attacking this deficiency as a skill that we need to teach them.  What if I told you that we’ve got it all wrong? […]

Stop Trying To Teach “Soft Skills”2018-03-17T20:00:34-04:00

Occasional Emotional Outbursts are OK, If You Know What You’re Doing


Good luck reading anything taught in business school or in a company's training curriculum that tells you that it's OK to get pissed off, and sometimes that is the absolute right reaction to a situation.  Chances are, someone in HR would be terminated for even suggesting this be included in any type of training system.  I can understand that conflict management isn't something you should rely solely on learning through training, however it's a shame that this isn't something taught in schools, at least not in the way that the real world operates.  Yes, I took a conflict management class as [...]

Occasional Emotional Outbursts are OK, If You Know What You’re Doing2018-03-29T20:11:25-04:00