“The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
I’ve been examining the difference between leaders and managers in the light of finding your place. The process […]
Leaders are change agents. Managers are less so. Leaders steer the ship in new directions or they inspire followers to pursue the company’s vision with renewed energy and enthusiasm. Manager just, well, manage. They keep systems operating smoothly, meet quantifiable targets, and keep things on track.
Most of us expect promotions. We expect to advance […]
You have to think about a lot of things. You daily task list may be long and detailed or limited and general. But you have a lot to think about.
Paul Hersey and Kenneth H. […]
On January 24, 1848, James W. Marshall found gold in Sutter’s Creek next to Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California. By 1849, the gold rush was reaching full steam. Some 300,000 gold seekers (called 49er’s because of the year in which they travelled) made the journey across the continent or around South America by […]
Change is a constant. Always has been, always will be. Leaders are, in every sense of the word, change agents. Leadership itself is a dynamic position, not a static one. It is not possible to lead if things stay the same. When that happens, leadership becomes management.
But there are times when change moves […]
We marked the passing of 2014 this past week and, as is common at the turn of the calendar, I engaged in a retrospective look at just what life has brought to me thus far. I remember way back in the fog of yesterday just how tentative and uncertain everything seemed when I […]
In little more than a few hours we’ll turn the calendar on another year. We look back on the year past with a little sadness at its passing and a little more gladness that it’s over. As we launch into a new year, we are forced by calendars and convention to turn the page, […]
Whether you are religious or not, Christmas is a special time. The spirit of the holiday can be voiced in verses from the Bible and from the mouths of deep thinkers. Here are some of my favorites collected through the years:
“Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.” — […]
Christmas in southwest Florida is the beginning of tourist season. While much of the rest of the country shovels snow, we enjoy moderate temperatures and sunny skies. On Friday evening, my wife and I decided to try out Parrot Key, an upper scale seafood eatery in a tropical Caribbean theme down at the […]
Does your organizational structure look like this?
In most places it probably does. At least that is the way the typical leader and almost every manager would diagram it. I did some contract work for an organization that looked like it. The person at the top, in that case a man, monitored and […]
American television has begun its annual emphasis on nostalgia. They’ve begun producing and broadcasting programs that take a look back at the year about to end. While most zero in on news events and famous people, some look at the year’s best cars, the year’s best tech products, or those people who are no […]
The line just under the title in the banner at the top of this page reads “Extend Your Reach, Multiply Your Effectiveness, Divide Your Work.” The objective of developing capable people is to expand your influence, get more done, and do less of the grunt work yourself.
It would seem to logically follow that […]
In the preface to the paperback edition of Newt Gingrich’s bestseller “Breakout” he quotes from Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard that:
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