Stay in the fight

Years ago I was the leader of a volunteer organization that I led with all my strength.  We all really believed in the mission and worked hard to achieve our goals.  But, like most groups of people, there were a few complainers mixed in there.  And they quietly complained, and criticized every imperfection.  They worked […]

Drink the Kool Aid

  Was it mass suicide or mass murder?  Whichever, it changed the meaning of drinking Kool Aid. In 1978 Cult leader Jim Jones was involved in the deaths of 900 of his followers in Guyana who drank Kool Aid laced with cyanide.  Here’s the wiki story: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonestown Before this event, drinking kool aid meant having […]

“Do Not Do” list for Leaders

Here are a few critical things leaders must never do: 1. Don’t wimp out.  Be brave!  Never let them see you sweat. You will sweat of course. You’ll sweat the future, the details, the prospects, us, the competition, your own circumstances, because you’re responsible. Just don’t give in to fear.  Be strong and courageous.  We […]

“I believe in you”

“I believe in you” are magic words.  Use them with anyone you manage, anyone in your organization, and anyone in your family.  Believing in people is magic because you communicate trust, empowerment, faith, and approval when you speak those words. It’s been said that most people wear an invisible sign on themselves that says “please […]

When the cat’s away…

Do the mice play when the cat’s away from the workplace?  Do employees today need constant supervision?  I’ll admit this: in most workplaces I have been in, tension subsided when the boss was not present and tension increased when the boss was present.  But did that tension create more productivity? Let’s talk about supervision levels, […]

Make Each Pitch a Masterpiece

Several years ago I heard a pitching coach give some sage advice to an athlete that also applies to business, sales, and leadership.  “Make each pitch a masterpiece”.  Translation: don’t let any effort of yours be mediocre; make every effort your best.  With every pitch, the athlete must perform a masterpiece of a pitch, or […]

Are we on the right path?

I went hiking with friends over the weekend on some unfamiliar trails in the mountains.  The trail was exciting but a little obscure in places.  Luckily for us there was a trail marker about every 15 minutes.  Their silent presence kept telling us: “you’re on the right path”. Wouldn’t it be great if everything in […]

Leaders: Engage!

There is one critical action that every leader must do; engage their followers. One can have great skills, decades of experience, be the industry expert, and be published in all the elite journals but if they won’t engage their followers, they’re not leading well. Engaging people is being connected to those you lead and meeting […]