Is doing what you do getting you what you really want?

Start-ups are, in many ways, a lot easier than leading a seasoned company or organization. Once systems, methods, and procedures are in place they can become part of the corporate identity. Indeed, they become you and you become identified as them. If they work, okay. If they move your department, company, or organization toward your … Read more…

7 ways to know the difference between strategies and tactics

The vision: Liberate Europe, defeat Germany and Italy, then establish a new world order The strategy: A cross-channel invasion followed by succeeding maneuvers to push the enemy back, destroy their ability and resolve to wage war, bring about their defeat. The strategy was called Operation Overlord. The tactics: pre-assault aerial bombardment, land troops, fight the … Read more…

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…

9 things your associates and team absolutely need to make the journey towards vision. What Lewis and Clark shows us about effective leadership and the pursuit of vision.

Undaunted Courage is one of the great stories in American history. When Merriweather Lewis and William Clark departed St. Louis in May, 1804 on what was then called the Corps of Discovery Expedition, they actually failed in their stated purpose. Commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson to find “the most direct and practicable water communication across … 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…

The magic word – planning

What’s the magic word? The guest speaker was seated on the stage, ready to deliver his keynote address. On his right sat the coordinator of the event, the person responsible for pulling all the many strands together to create a worthwhile encounter for speakers and participants alike. On his left sat one of the other … 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…

7 ways to kill strategic implementation of vision before it gets off the ground

It was to be the biggest and most comprehensive realignment of health care ever. When President Obama engineered the Affordable Care Act the vision for the project was grand and promising. (NOTE: I am NOT concerned about politics here. I reference this ONLY because it is a graphic and present example of how things go … Read more…