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”

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)”

Infallible Manger Syndrome

What is the Infallible Manager? This is the person in charge of a section or department that dictates everything. They don’t listen to ideas; they never ask for opinions and only listen to opinions that affirm what they are saying. It’s called confirmation bias, but it’s annoying and frustrating. Who wants a manager that holdsContinue reading “Infallible Manger Syndrome”

The New Generation Sucks

I can’t even count the number of times I have heard this or other similar statements from fellow leaders and managers. I always laugh, and they take that like I think they are joking. I know they aren’t joking; I am simply reminded of when I was 19 years old, new to the Air ForceContinue reading “The New Generation Sucks”

Leadership Lessons from John Calipari

I just finished watching ESPN’s 30 for 30 on John Calipari. After I finished crying – I do during all 30 for 30’s and so do you, don’t lie – I understood and recognized a great leadership lesson. Leadership is about helping your people get to their next level. They are not there to makeContinue reading “Leadership Lessons from John Calipari”

Take Care of Your People

Taking care of your people is such common phrase in the workplace. Managers and leaders use it often when they are describing managers and what they should be doing.   There is only one problem, many managers, supervisors, and leaders have no idea what it means to take care of you people. The most common techniqueContinue reading “Take Care of Your People”

Perfection is Dumb

There was a speaker we were invited to listen to at my organization. The topic of his speech was perfection, namely, the pursuit of perfection. He believed and wrote a book with the premise that to achieve excellence we must use perfection as the goal. Anything less than aiming for perfection is acceptance of mediocrity.Continue reading “Perfection is Dumb”