Decision Making

DO YOU GROOM YOUR LEADERS OR JUST PROMOTE THEM?

“It was her turn,” said the CEO. I had asked the CEO how a specific member of their leadership team was promoted to that position. I’ve heard other answers like, “They’ve been with me a long time.” “I trust them.  She is very loyal.” “He needed to make more money.” “My [family member] needed a…

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TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE

How Important Are the Decisions You Make? Leadership is a lonely position.  Big decisions require wise counsel.  The more critical the decision, the more important the counsel becomes. Do you have the proper support system to help you with decisions?  Do you find yourself struggling, as described by Winston Churchill, “Want of foresight, unwillingness to…

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TAKE THE FIRST STEP

A friend of mine tells a story about when he took a job helping a sheepherder in New Zealand (yes, he lived a much more interesting life than I). He and the sheepherder drove out to the pasture where the sheep were grazing.  The sheepherder told him to walk over to the dogs were and…

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JUGGLING TIPS

Juggling is great art and exercise.  It is tied to agility and some studies show it can even increase brain capacity.  It is a unique characteristic of humans to be able to manage more things at one time than hands. When we use our minds instead of our hands, it is called multi-tasking.  I won’t…

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IS IT MORE IMPORTANT TO BE RIGHT OR…

Too often conversations about teamwork, delegation, and empowerment, I hear comments like, “but what if they don’t come up with the right answer?”, or some variation thereof. It’s a red herring. Think of a problem. Now think of 10 ways to resolve the problem.  Force yourself to come up with 10 different solutions. Consider the…

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HOW TO HAVE MORE FUN AND MAKE MORE MONEY – PART 2

The first step to having more fun and making more money is to align your business’ purpose with your personal purpose. The second step is to create and execute business goals that progress the business’s purpose. This might sound easy, but it’s not.  And more important, it’s not common. According to research done by the…

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DEALING WITH INSANITY

I saw someone wearing a t-shirt the other day with the kind of snarky comment that I appreciate with my sense of humor. It read: “I don’t suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.” After a chuckle, I wanted to buy this t-shirt to give it to the owners and CEOs of companies…

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THE ELEPHANT AND THE DEER (an Elephant Tales story)

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As the Elephant’s company continued to grow, he noticed his team of ants struggle to keep up with the volume of work.  The ants worked hard, and he hired new ones as fast as possible, but the higher volumes and faster turnarounds seemed beyond the ants’ skill and experience. The Elephant decided to hire a…

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THE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT FOR KIND LEADERSHIP

In my last email, I explained how being “nice” is self-focused and short-term.  Mastering kindness develops many skills that are an essential part of leadership like choosing long-term results over short-term.  Giving honest feedback versus spin.  Communicating, not just talking numbers. If you didn’t receive my comments about nice vs. kind leadership, you can read…

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