3 types of confidence leaders must measure

On the Velocity Channel I watched a reality show about a classic car restoration shop in Canada. In the episode I saw, the owners of the shop had hired an apprentice mechanic. After a few months on the job they considered him worthy of increased responsibilities, so they gave him a project to manage. As … Read more…

5 phases of your role as leader

The expectation that leadership can be a singular role is unrealistic. We wear a lot of hats. We manage, we motivate, we correct, we monitor, we inspire, we facilitate, we coordinate, we focus, we bark, we growl, we whisper, we articulate, we define, and we execute. A couple of posts ago I wrote about our … Read more…

The price of greatness

Leadership is often and usually thought of as a position of visibility, certainly one of importance. Snipers wouldn’t shoot at officers if the officers were of no value. Leaders have the capacity to inspire, motivate, impress, and command. The opposite does happen and leadership may be handled badly, but I want only to acknowledge the … Read more…

6 secrets to keeping your team working for the same goals.

Does your right hand know what your left hand is doing and why it is doing it? In assisting organizations, businesses, and individuals in developing and implementing an effective vision one of my first questions is what is your vision for this company? After hearing their definition, I will ask the department heads, the associates … Read more…

The principle of promissory note

You see them too if you ever scan the listings. I am talking about the jobs sections of Craigslist. You can make thousands of dollars working for an unnamed company whose application address is a blind one. This is a common theme of mine. The setting was a private school. The newly installed headmistress faced … Read more…

The Power of Example – two reasons why it is imperative that we practice what we preach

“He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.” Francis Bacon You can get to the top of our profession and game by being conniving, ambitious, … Read more…

The work ethic and common sense of Elbert Hubbard

He started out a dedicated socialist although what he meant by socialist as defined in his own writing would not be what the word generally is understood to mean these days. When describing himself as a socialist he said… “I believe in every man working for the good of self; and in working for the … Read more…

Power Plays – Getting the job done

A friend once remarked that “It is amazing how much you can get done if you just do it.” A look at a jobs offered column on line or in a newspaper will inevitably turn up several with the qualifier “Must be a self-starter.”  Why? Because you hire people to extend your reach, multiply your … Read more…

Power Plays – Accountability

Not long ago I sat across a desk from a small business owner whose business has experienced rapid expansion in the past two years. Going against the trends in the general economy his company was invoicing $750,000 annually last year and will invoice approximately $2,000,000 this year. Among the items we discussed, one emerged that … Read more…

Power Plays – Evaluation

So far, you have articulated your vision for the company or organization. You have identified your circle of concern and your limited circle of ability. You have listed the tasks that can be delegated to someone else and created a list of people to whom you can delegate those tasks. You have identified and articulated … Read more…

Power Plays – the 6 principles of delegating responsibility

A man got on a crowded bus carrying a heavy briefcase. There were no seats, and he had to stand near the driver, holding on to a pole next to the driver’s seat. He held the pole with one hand and the briefcase with the other. After a while, the bus driver looked at him … Read more…

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…

Keeper Trait #15 – Initiative

Many potential employers put it directly in their ads – “must be a self-starter.” It is, apparently, an all too unusual trait. Perhaps more than any other trait, it separates the successful from the failure, the winner from the loser, the prosperous from the poor. A person with initiative does not wait to be told … Read more…