Fred Picker’s shovel

  When you meet with people, give them respect.  Respect their time, their money, and their possessions.  Take pains to value their priorities even if they are different than yours.  This is common courtesy and it’s good business. Years ago I was a young man working on a building project and needed a shovel.  My […]

“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, […]

What the CEO wants you to have:

I ask executives frequently if they want their people to have written goals.  They almost always answer “yes”.  I think most workers would assume the CEO doesn’t care about their goals.  He/she must be thinking about other, more noble (or financial) thoughts than what the average employee desires in life.  Well, they’re wrong; their goals are important to the boss.  Here’s […]