The Power of Leverage
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The Power of Leverage

Hi, I’m Jack Dunigan of thepractialleader.com and today’s leadership lesson, lessons in superlative leaderships, I’m going to you about the power of leverage. Standby. You’ve probably seen the tagline on our website, which says reach further, accomplish more and work less. Well, that’s an important tagline because it’s not just words, it’s not just this...
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Three Components of a Balanced Organization
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Three Components of a Balanced Organization

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Two little words that infallibly predict an employee’s departure
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Two little words that infallibly predict an employee’s departure

I noticed the shift in vocabulary during a general meeting of department heads. The substitution of just two words signaled to me that a long-term employee was on her way out.  In less than 30 days she was gone. There are often lots of signs that an employee or associate is leaving. Most people signal...
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Overwhelming leadership success and management failure
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Overwhelming leadership success and management failure

One of the best examples of overwhelming and comprehensive leadership success and overwhelming and comprehensive management failure can be seen in the career of General George Patton. A brilliant and courageous strategist, his record of success on the field of conflict in two wars is nothing short of phenomenal. But as bright a star as...
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The Might as Wells – Letting one thing lead to too many others.
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The Might as Wells – Letting one thing lead to too many others.

I call it sequences, that annoying way of letting a simple task become far more complex. Even Murphy and his sagacious laws (If anything can go wrong it will, et al) has wryly observed that “You can’t do something until you do something else first.” Sometimes, it is unavoidable…and true. You really can’t do some...
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Leadership Skills – 12 tips for new managers – a free Slideshare
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Leadership Skills – 12 tips for new managers – a free Slideshare

Leadership skills (Twelve Tips for New Managers) from Austin Nway Aye Maung
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Fitting in – Understanding the difference between management and leadership
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Fitting in – Understanding the difference between management and leadership

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Do you really want that promotion?
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Do you really want that promotion?

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...
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Three things you can measure right now that will help determine where you fit as a leader or manager
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Three things you can measure right now that will help determine where you fit as a leader or manager

At what level do you most often think? At what level are you most often called upon to think? 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. Blanchard...
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Leadership Challenge #1 – the innocently rude sales clerk

  Remember the challenge from Monday? Here it is. My response is below. You are the owner/manager of a retail department store. Your store is busy so high sales volume also means a lot of returns.  One of the new employees is tasked with handling the checkout register and for restocking items as they are...
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