Why Your Business (or any Organization) Needs a Strategic Plan

Far too often, we boil leadership down to bite a sized quotable. Over every social media platform, you see brilliant quotes from the leading influencers of the moment or of the great leaders of the past.  I have shared many quotes that speak to me and will most likely continue to do so in theContinue reading “Why Your Business (or any Organization) Needs a Strategic Plan”

Leaders Fuel the Organization’s Fire

The flame of a candle will go out in the wind, but that same wind will feed the flame of a fire.  Leaders of organizations need to understand the balance of the people.  We must do our best to build organizations that are full of people that can not only withstand the wind, but thatContinue reading “Leaders Fuel the Organization’s Fire”

If Everything is Important Nothing is Important

Leaders of every organization must have deliberate priorities.  Whether it is in the form of a strategic plan or extrapolated through observation of recent actions; there must be priorities.  This is basic management, or what you would learn in an entry-level management course in college, but so many leaders are still not making decisions onContinue reading “If Everything is Important Nothing is Important”

People Will Hate You

For everything we do, creating, leading, decision making, someone will not like it.  Especially if you put your work out for others’ consumption.  A blog, a vlog, emails to coworkers about a new project you want to start, a picture on social media of a sculpture you made; some people will say negative things aboutContinue reading “People Will Hate You”

Natural Leaders Suck

Charisma, confidence, inspirational, and many other adjectives can be used to describe a natural leader.  Those traits can be positive or negative, depending on how they are used.  Before we continue, I want to make it clear that I don’t have anything against natural leaders, I am not a natural leader, but I know manyContinue reading “Natural Leaders Suck”

THE LEADER IN THE MIRROR

Robert E. Wood To find a potential leader in an organization, we usually do not have to go very far. Just about the time you think there aren’t any candidates to fill a leadership position, a guy like me comes along and tries to help you see the not-so-obvious. Leaders are all around us, theyContinue reading “THE LEADER IN THE MIRROR”

3 Big Problems with Your Managers

Accountability, Goal Setting, and Professional Development. That’s it, very simple to identify and equally important across all professions.  Having great first-level managers and supervisors are the most important positions you can have.  They have a difficult job in trying to translate the organization’s vision & mission into tangible task the employees can accomplish.  Not onlyContinue reading “3 Big Problems with Your Managers”

MANAGER IN DISGUISE?

Robert E. Wood I’ve roughly defined a “Manager in Disguise” as someone who’s in a position of authority (leadership position) which gives them the opportunity to help steer an organization and influence others but also has no apparent leadership skills, knows it and yet still refuses to step down for the greater good. I’m often asked, whyContinue reading “MANAGER IN DISGUISE?”

MY LEADERSHIP WISH TO ALL GURUS!

Robert E. Wood   To all the self-proclaimed “Leadership Gurus,” and there’s a lot of you, that I can tell you. My wish is that you would learn to differentiate leaders from “Managers in Disguise” as leaders. This action will further solidify your must have “Guru” status. Understand, leaders aren’t the source of dysfunction and chaos,Continue reading “MY LEADERSHIP WISH TO ALL GURUS!”

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”