Seeing over the top of the hill and around the corners – why leaders understand the principle of line of sight

Two of my employees were working out of the shop installing components we had made in the shop. Theirs was not a particularly complicated or difficult job, removing old pieces, installing hardware on the new components, reinstalling them, and painting. They were competent, responsible, and hardworking guys. They made my life much easier and my … Read more…

7 traits of a great planner

It’s time to become small minded. Visionaries are big thinkers. Planners may make big plans but they think small. They take the grand scheme of things and turn it into smaller steps. Planners are comprehensive thinkers whose skillset includes the ability to break things up into increments and whose experience has shown them the necessity … Read more…

Management 101 – Part 4 – Control

The first three installments in this series covering management’s most basic principles addresses Planning, Organizing, and Training. Once those have been done, or more realistically, once those are being done, the final principle is that of controlling action. If nothing is moving, the first challenge is to get things moving in an orderly manner. One … Read more…

Management 101 – Part 2 – Organize

Whether you’re planning a meeting with your associates or the launch of a new product, the plans are doomed unless and until things are organized. Plans may make us feel better and plans do give us a sense of accomplishment and purpose. But plans, in and of themselves, will remain locked in and of themselves. … 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…