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Monday, January 12th, 2015

Don’t skip this! Create Goals that You Can Actually Achieve

Creating goals that have meaning

“It’s just a goal.”

That’s a phrase I’ve heard too many times when a business leader engages in a performance review with an employee or when companies embark on a corporate planning effort.

Do they mean that a goal is more like a road sign, pointing the way without regard for whether you actually arrive?

Is it like the proverbial carrot dangled on the stick in front of us, with some motivational value but with no expectation that we will ever feast upon it?

Keep reading to get the most out of your goals this year

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Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Have You Created a Battle Plan – or is Hope your only Strategy?

Most of us weren’t around during World War II … but D-Day was the largest amphibious invasion of all time.

It involved over 250,000 troops and 15,000 ships landing along a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast on June 6, 1944.

Luck?

Accident? … or the result of rigorous strategic planning and project management?

Could this happen without planning?

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower, (Our 34th President)

Did General Eisenhower, the Allied Supreme Commander, lead this effort without any planning?

Of course not, and even if our business plans aren’t quite as extensive, we know (deep down, we know for sure) that we need some sort of an organized planning process to build a successful business.

We need to make sure that everyone’s headed in the same direction … that we don’t ignore the obstacles or overlook the great opportunities on the road ahead … or don’t squander valuable resources chasing rainbows.

Do I really have to plan to have a successful business?

I find myself using General Eisenhower’s phrase repeatedly for at least two reasons … first, because it’s absolutely true … and Keep Reading to learn the 4 reasons you Have to Plan

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Thursday, January 1st, 2015

5 Powerful Concepts to Kickstart an Awesome 2015

 

Happy New Year 2015

This year is YOUR YEAR.

It’s a great time for renewal and for a fresh start … but don’t let yourself get bogged down by a bunch of new resolutions that you will most likely never keep.

Be yourself. Everyone else is taken. ~ Oscar Wilde

In fact, just embrace this simple mantra for 2015.

Your Mantra for 2015

Be kind to one another. Embrace your colleagues. Love your family. Love yourself.

Get focused. Dropkick the distractions. Get ahead of the curve and stay there.

Vow to act urgently when someone calls on you for aid, be intentional about only those things you can control and be compassionate when misfortune comes calling.

Do the things that only you can do. No one else will or can do them.

Kickstart 2015 with at least one of these concepts

Here are a few powerful ideas that I believe will help you get started on an Awesome 2015.

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Best wishes to you and your family for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015.

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Monday, December 22nd, 2014

12 Holiday Morsels to Strengthen Your Business

Yes, the holidays are here and already the list of things to do continues to grow – completing the annual budget, planning parties, visiting with friends, figuring out what to get who for when … and so it goes.

Yet, my spirit remains strong, so I’ve prepared a menu of 12 holiday treats that I hope will slide down like Amaretto eggnog in front of a winter fire.

I’ve even scoured some of my earlier columns to find the most delectable morsels.

“In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.” — Yogi Berra

So, here’s a smorgasbord of lessons learned – a few appetizers, a choice of entrees, a little dessert – from executives of both extraordinary capability and numbing incompetence  — that should grace your executive table for 2015.

1.     It’s never about you.

It’s always about them. Customers, employees, suppliers … family, friends, colleagues.

Be clear about it and thrive.

Get it backwards?

Fail.

2.     If you don’t think you’ll ever have a management succession problem, you already have one.

Keep reading. There are 12 days. Remember?

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What is Winston Churchill’s Productivity Secret?

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“How did you get so much done?” You’ve probably heard the question many times, asked of interview guests the world over … “If you could interview anyone, living or not, who would it be?” For me, that’s an easy question. Winston Churchill. What if I could only ask him one question? I could ask him a…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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It seems like everyone is ready for a little R&R these days … and there’s no better time than the Thanksgiving holiday for a restful weekend with family and friends. We can skip all of the pageantry for now …. Thanksgiving kicks off a long holiday season … and … thankfully … it’s devoid of the frantic gift-buying, holiday…

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Thomas Aquinas: Captain to preserve ship, keep it in port

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Do First Things First

One of our biggest battles these days is to keep our head above the water line … not drowning in the tsunami of endless inputs that flood our inbox. Sure, we need a trusted system to manage it all … but we also need to spend enough time to focus on what really needs to get done….

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As a Leader, are you an Architect or just a Handyman?

Develop a Delegation Mindset

You need to develop a Delegation Mindset! Yes, it’s sad but true. If you’re a leader and you don’t develop a delegation mindset, you’ll never get enough done to extend your influence or grow in your organization. Most importantly, you’ll be unable to accomplish the things that only YOU can do. Do you really have a chance…

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Lose $1Million in 1 Day – and Still Become a Champion

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I never thought that Rory McIlroy, a PGA golfer, would be the subject any article I ever wrote, least of all 2 of them. What a difference a few years makes! When I wrote about the Magic of True Grit, Rory appeared in an ignominious way. What do you do when you totally screw up?…

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