Power Plays – How power flows

The mantra goes like this. We have a staff of employees, associates, and subordinates for three purposes: To extend our reach – to make it possible for us as leaders and managers to get influence more people and thus get more done. To multiply our effectiveness – the principle of reproduction works here. We impart … Read more…

Accountability, traits of keepers – those not-so exceptional people who make their life and your job so much more successful – #2

I had ordered a meal and let the conversation around the table carry away the wait. When the order arrived, it was a different server who placed my plate in front of me. It was almost correct. I had ordered fish and what was on my plate was indeed fish. The problem was I had … Read more…

Resource-fullness, traits of keepers – those not-so exceptional people who make their life and your job so much more successful – #1

A fellow woodworking business owner has a unique and clever way of qualifying applicants for jobs. He brings them into the shop and offers to pay them for one week. During that week they have but one assignment. They can build anything they want in the shop, use the shop’s equipment and supplies under the … Read more…

Why you need FAT people to work for you and with you.

In earlier posts I wrote about the three benefits of an effective strategic team; that they will 1) extend your reach, 2) multiply your effectiveness, and 3) divide your work. Admittedly that is easier said than done. Hiring the right people is not a simple task. Of the many factors that must be considered – … Read more…

7 reasons why “one and done” doesn’t work for leaders

There is a good deal of satisfaction in finishing a job. I make lists of tasks then check them off as they are done. I’ve noticed, as I am certain you have, that many tasks are done repetitively.  It takes one skill set to start up a business but another skill set to keep it … Read more…

9 tasks of leadership – Task # 1 = Envisioning Goals

The following is list of the activities effective leaders pursue. It is not a list of items to schedule throughout the day. The precise things you do should support the 9 tasks. Sound confusing? Well, it is easier demonstrated than defined so let’s step in. Task #1 – Envisioning Goals The challenge of keeping the future … Read more…

Helping your associates grow

I want a staff entirely populated by trusted associates. Everyone does but hardly anyone has a staff who function at that level all the time. Someone somewhere at some time is unaware, that is to say, they are unconsciously incompetent. You’ve probably seen this chart but I’ve put it in for a visual reference. Louis, … Read more…

How to multiply your effectiveness – the 4 levels of ability in your associates

  NOTE: This post is a continuation of a topic I started last week. If you haven’t read it already, I suggest you begin with “How to multiply your effectiveness – 2 critical assessments you must make.” I ended the previous post with a promise to disclose how Louis rated himself. But before I do … Read more…

How to Multiply Your Effectiveness – 2 critical assessments you must make

Jeff does not enjoy performance appraisals. His lack of enthusiasm for the task stems not from any reluctance on his part to scrutinize and identify strong and weak places in his staff’s performance nor does it arise from apprehension over the need to make corrections if needed. Indeed, Jeff’s lack of enjoyment comes from his … Read more…

Barrier #4 – We Lead By One Approach Most of the Time

Our particular, and in some cases peculiar, personality style gives rise and abets a favorite leadership style. In the 1960’s, Douglas McGregor’s study suggested two divergent leadership/management styles – Type X and Type Y. The Type X style, according to the researcher, is a top-down, task oriented style. Type X managers favor giving orders, making … Read more…

Barrier #3 – We Have Preferences Because of Our Personality

Every person is a blend of attitudes, opinions, gifts, and experiences. There are open people who will readily reveal things about themselves. Others who are more closed would not tell someone very near them. Some are quite direct and to the point. Others can be so indirect that some consider them devious, even scheming and … Read more…

Barrier #2 – We Can Do Many Things, But Not Everything

In the previous post I defined Barrier #1 – We Have Limited Time. Today I will define barrier #2 – We can do many things but we cannot do everything. (Hint – this is a longer article than I normally like to post but I am confident you will find it worthwhile.) So then, what … Read more…

The first of 4 barriers that hinder you from reaching your circle of concern

There are four barriers that stand in the way of everyone and anyone. Once you realize what they are and define what they do, then and only then can you determine what abilities an associate should possess. You cannot readily find the people and means to overcome the barriers until you know what they are.  … Read more…