THE INADVERTENT GIFT FROM MILLENNIALS TO CORPORATE AMERICA

The gift I’m seeing is: a focus on the lack of real leadership in America. Millennials have been getting a bad rap for some time now. This deception and disinformation about millennials is mainly driven by the “Managers in Disguise” or executive members of the C team if you will, who are at the top of some organizational charts. TheseContinue reading “THE INADVERTENT GIFT FROM MILLENNIALS TO CORPORATE AMERICA”

Your Leader’s Focus is All Wrong!

If you work in an organization that has people in it, your focus as a leader should be on the people first. Not to make them happy, but to do what is right. To develop your people, to train them, to make choices they may not like, but that are for their benefit in theContinue reading “Your Leader’s Focus is All Wrong!”

20 TRAITS OF THE MANAGER IN DISGUISE YOU ALREADY KNOW

When good employees leave good organizations, studies show, the number one reason for leaving is poor management. Notice, I mentioned “good employees,” because poor employees thrive in this environment. Even the most principled employee has his or her limit as to how much dysfunction they will put up with before getting off the bus. An organization’s culture is driven byContinue reading “20 TRAITS OF THE MANAGER IN DISGUISE YOU ALREADY KNOW”

You are the Standard of Performance

Your team’s performance will average around the leader’s standards. It is far too easy to say the team members are not performing to the standard, or they are poorly trained, or the supervisors are bad. But before any of that is evaluated, the leader must be looked at. When you are assessing the performance ofContinue reading “You are the Standard of Performance”

Be Where Your Feet Are!

I was recently in a training class and there were just shy of 50 participants. There were 5 ‘participants’ that never looked away from their laptop. They were totally disengaged from the learning opportunity. They wasted their time, the instructors’ time and distracted from the learning opportunity. Their actions suggested they were busier and moreContinue reading “Be Where Your Feet Are!”

How to Get Promoted

Everyone wants to get promoted. Even the people that say they don’t really do want it. They just may not be willing to do the work that is involved in earning the promotion. Most organizations prefer to promote within. It is a good practice to hire a person who understands and is accepting of theContinue reading “How to Get Promoted”

Key Success Factors in Project Management

Although the core concepts of project management remain the same in terms of Time, Cost, Scope, Quality, Risk, there are some common practices that can influence the outcome of each project. Examples of those success factors are as follows: ◆ Aligning strategy and projects to ensure that the project contributes to the organization’s strategic goals.Continue reading “Key Success Factors in Project Management”

Skill vs. Will

My high school football coach would say, “is it a skill issue or a will issue?” I borrowed this question and the meaning behind it and applied to my leadership and management arsenal. My coach took a simple question and turned it into a mantra of our team. This mantra enabled freedom and that freedomContinue reading “Skill vs. Will”

How to Run a Meeting

Sometimes you’re sitting in a conference room, or your boss’ office and the meeting seems to drag on forever. There doesn’t appear to be a point to the meeting, and side conversations are going on. Perhaps the person running the meeting is eating tacos. (This happened to me today) Here are some things you shouldContinue reading “How to Run a Meeting”

Recalculating (GPS for Organizations)

The all too familiar mantra of the GPS, recalculating! Life never works as planned and far too often people fight to stay on plan instead of recalculating and adjusting. If your organization or leaders are not agile and able to adapt, you are losing. Adjustments are the difference in life. Just like in sports, everyContinue reading “Recalculating (GPS for Organizations)”