Leadership

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 3

The steps to having more fun and making more money are aligning your business’ purpose with your personal purpose, creating business goals that fulfill the purpose with strong execution and surrounding yourself with people who support your purpose and who have the ability to accomplish the goals. People are important. The “right” people are often…

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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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HAVE MORE FUN AND MAKE MORE MONEY – PART I

Do you want to have more fun and make more money? Here’s the first step I use with CEOs and business owners. It all starts with purpose.  The raison d’être.  The reason for existence. There’s a lot of talk these days about purpose and purpose-driven companies.  Purpose-driven companies can acquire and retain more customers, employees…

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CULTIVATING TRUST

Trust is essential to leadership. People enter new relationships with a degree of trust.  Then trust either grows or recedes as the relationship develops.  If people don’t trust you, they might follow your instructions (kind of), but they won’t follow you. In Stephen M. R. Covey’s best-selling book, “The Speed of Trust: The One Thing…

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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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CAN YOU PICTURE YOUR BONSAI TREE?

The original Karate Kid movie was released in 1984, a coming of age story of Daniel, a young man, whose mentor and best friend is an elderly Japanese maintenance man, Mr. Miyagi.  The movie is an excellent blend of teen angst, Asian wisdom, and martial arts. One of my favorite scenes is when Mr. Miyagi…

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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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