Posts Tagged ‘management’

The Elephant and the Holiday Bonus

The newest Elephant Tale. The Elephant had an awesome Thanksgiving weekend with his family, and was in great holiday spirit. Near the end of his executive meeting he announced, “I want to take 10 minutes for one more thing. A companywide holiday bonus!” The executives murmured in excitement and surprise. The Elephant had never given…

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Shut Up and Color

“So I told them It was time to shut up and color” he said. I laughed. “Where did you get that?” “Are you kidding?” my friend said. “You.” “It was while you were leading the integration of the companies after we were acquired. You flew across the country to spend a day or two with…

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The Discipline To Reaching Big Dreams

A friend of mine worked for a premium group of family-owned restaurants. When we met he would often share his dream of opening his own restaurant. Over time his thoughts became more concrete, developing a theme, dishes for a menu. He couldn’t wait to get out on his own. Then one day he called. “I did it!” My…

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8 Tips For Productive Offsites

Many organizations have now entered the fourth quarter, the home stretch. But it is also time to begin hard planning for 2017 – and that makes it offsite season. Here are a few tips to help your meetings be most productive. Have the offsite “offsite.” This seems obvious, but it is worth pointing out that…

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8 Critical Questions for Succession Planning

  Here are 8 key questions you must have the answers to in order to be successful in a smooth succession of role, or responsibility. Are you trying to hire a better you? Have you written your new job description? Have you defined the success of your new leader as an outcome, or a goal?…

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Upping CEO Delegation

Are you a good delegator?  Delegation is among the most important things in a leader’s team toolkit. Delegation grows leaders and builds teams. Leaders delegate to their teams in three broad progressive levels – tasks, responsibilities, and outcomes.  Tasks are a specific goal.  Like “generate $2 million in sales”.  Or “deliver product Y by the…

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An Exercise in Collaboration

Here is an exercise I use to measure the degree of collaboration that exists within a leadership team when I join a new company. I call an executive planning session. I ask each executive to identify the top three things they think we need to work on in the coming year, ( before the meeting).…

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Making the Grade

Recently my daughter changed her college major which required her to weave a new path through her requirements. Ultimately it ended up with her having to take a class this summer in a subject that is not her strength. With the accelerated schedule we knew it would be quite a struggle. Worse, this class was…

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Fish

My son and wife bought me an aquarium for Father’s Day. I decided to set it up as a saltwater reef tank. We started slow with a couple of clownfish (think Nemo). I added a coral or two. And things were going well. Then decided to try something that my local fish expert said was…

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I Wrote A Book!

Today is a terrific day. “Elephant Tales – mostly true stories about entrepreneurs” was released on Amazon in softcover and will be available in Kindle format in a day or two.  Writing this book has been a dream of mine for years.  I’ve always been a bit of a storyteller, using that format to illustrate…

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