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Decisive Decision-Making is Key

We make decisions all day long. Some are more important than others. Some are "Mission Critical" and have serious consequences. Whatever the case or circumstance may be, there are always consequences with every decision. I've learned, the decisions I make today, will determine the stories I tell tomorrow. Certainly our gut and intuition have a role in decision-making, however, gut and intuition are typically based on our past experiences. That is fine, we just need to be careful with too much emotion clouding our decision. Let's remember, the emotion of anger is the most prominent emotion of impending good judgment. The following are some guidelines I use in decision-making. While they are very basic, hopefully you will find them helpful: [...]

By |2020-10-21T00:38:01+00:00October 21st, 2020|Coaching, Development, Empowering, Leadership|0 Comments

What’s in a vision?

If you Google vision, you will find many resources on how to craft the perfect vision statement. Creating a vision for any organization takes time, effort, and leadership support; but they are essential to the future of any organization.  Here are a few things I think are important to creating a vision. Your people will never buy-in to your vision until they have bought into you.  Don't be naive. Just because you are in charge doesn't mean you have automatic buy- in. Your leadership must be earned. I have learned there are two aspects people must buy-in: YOUR CHARACTER and YOUR COMPETENCE. In other words: can I trust you? And how will you help me get better? The vision must be [...]

By |2020-10-14T00:50:00+00:00October 14th, 2020|Coaching, Connecting, Development, Empowering, Leadership|0 Comments

Declare a war on poor performance. 

As leaders, we should create an environment where people come to work every day to prove themselves over and over again. No one gets paid to budget their efforts or pace themselves. That is easier said than done, I know this very painfully. Too many compromises, too many hanger-oners, too many lack of performers. Through the years , I have learned some truths that may help in declaring a war on poor performance. Evaluate your roster and ask yourself whether you would re-hire your people. If not, it's time to exercise what is referred to as the Three T's to turn things around: train, transfer, or terminate.  Identify which poor performers are diminishing your standards. Be aware that keeping the [...]

By |2020-10-07T00:20:18+00:00October 7th, 2020|Coaching, Development, Empowering, Leadership|0 Comments

Is it family, or is it team?

In a merit culture, the organization needs to be run like a team rather than like a family. On occasion I have heard a member of our team describe our organization as "one big happy family." This sounds nice; it's a warm and fuzzy (everyone has trophy mindset). This mindset has no place in a performance based culture in business. For example, family models tend to be forgiving and accepting. In a family, no one is judged: everyone is accepted and benefits strictly because they belong -- not because they perform. Family models are too generous and too tolerant to serve in a merit culture business. Membership in a family is the epitome of entitlement -- it is assumed and not earned. [...]

By |2020-09-23T11:47:26+00:00September 23rd, 2020|Coaching, Development, Empowering, Leadership|0 Comments

Being sensitive to people is important. 

The ability to work with people is important; understanding people is critical. Over the years I have learned some beliefs about people that have proven helpful in the process of developing them and their leadership. Below are some beliefs: People have untapped potential, when discovered, they can significantly increase their productivity People produce more when their leaders respect them and expect the best from them People will generally produce more when they feel the role they play ( job), has meaning and they are valued in the big picture. People generally want to do the right thing, a feel good thing When you express a positive belief in people, it is likely to produce a reciprocity, they want to do their best for [...]

By |2020-09-16T12:14:04+00:00September 16th, 2020|Coaching, Development, Leadership|0 Comments
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