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 […]

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 […]

How Ebenezer Scrooge became a hero

You remember Ebenezer.  He was visited by 3 ghosts one Christmas eve and woke up a changed man.  Well I’m in the business of helping people change and if you want results like this please give me a call.  I make selfish, arrogant, mean spirited people wake up the next day exceptionally kind, unselfish, and […]

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 […]

Ask vs Tell

The Social Style model is over 40 years old and is used by thousands of organizations to impact human relationships for the better. Social Style describes people on the assertive continuum from Ask to Tell.  Ask assertive people are slower to decide, ask more questions (because they are questioning every situation), are less aggressive, and […]

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 […]

Choosing to be Accountable

Accountability is a key ingredient of success.  But we avoid it because it makes us uncomfortable.  It takes guts and humility to be held accountable but the results are so amazing that it’s worth it! We’ve all been held accountable for our words and deeds by our parents when we were younger.  Our parents may […]