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Monday, March 25th, 2019

What are you doing to Build a Healthy Team?

As we know, there is no “I” in TEAM, although some have pointed out you can find a “ME” in TEAM, but I’m counting that as cheating. 😉

For the 6th consecutive year, on Friday, May 10, 2019, we’re hosting Leadercast LIVE and this year, you’ll get a chance to see Leadership Champion, Patrick Lencioni.

If you care at all about Leadership Development, you’ve probably come across him. When you visit our Leadercast LIVE page, you’ll find a Sample Speaking Video for Patrick.

This year the theme is Leading Healthy Teams.

Join us on Friday, May 10th and you’ll hear Patrick and the other speakers in this year’s lineup address the topic of Leading Healthy Teams and what you can do to build a strong, resilient and invaluable leadership team in your organization.

I hope I see you there.

Friday, March 15th, 2019

What happens when your values are overcome by your ego?

The ongoing college admission bribery scandal reminds us that Fame is an addictive substance that can make us stupid.

Its stepchildren are Conceit and Deceit who sit on our shoulder, urging us to hold in contempt the values of integrity and decency we embraced before the narcotic took the wheel.

Beware of that flame, my friends.

Monday, March 11th, 2019

Are you providing candid feedback or avoiding it?

I decided to reignite the power of feedback because providing it … in a candid, thoughtful and direct manner … is something that many leaders avoid like the plague.

It’s not that you’re unwilling to give positive feedback or to applaud people’s performance or complement their success.

It’s that you know that’s not all of it.

You also need to tell the individual about his/her shortcomings, obstacles and challenges. Those issues are more difficult to share … and in direct proportion to how likely that individual is to fail.

What you may miss, however, is that most employees want direct feedback. They want to get better … they want to succeed … they want to grow and develop in their roles and advance in their careers.

They can take it if you can give it.

No, they won’t be happy at that moment … but most of the time they will reflect upon it, find the truth in it and seek to overcome that challenge.

You’ll truly serve them if you are honest, forthright and authentic when you’re serving the breakfast of champions.

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Are you solving problems or hoping they’ll solve themselves?

These days, It’s axiomatic that you’re overrun with a tsunami of inputs … that stinkin’ email, social media, work demands from above and below, family needs … and the list goes on.

One result is that you may have acquired the attention span of a mosquito. You don’t “have time” (read “take time”) to study anything in real detail.

You find yourself increasingly looking for the “Cliff Notes” answer wherever you can find it.

That may be why even simple problems seem intractable.

Work hard to regain your focus. Stick with it. You’re much more likely to solve REAL problems that way.

Sunday, February 24th, 2019

Quitting’s easy … but the pain of it lasts forever.

Didn’t Mom or Dad say something like, “fall down twice, get up three times?

Haven’t we also learned (the hard way) … and most science has confirmed … that pain is more motivating than pleasure?

The lesson is simple but when we’re under the greatest stress and duress, it’s good to be reminded.


Sunday, February 17th, 2019

Are you accumulating more … or appreciating what you have?

It’s all too easy, isn’t it, for us to pursue the next golden ring without appreciating the one we have … without pausing to make the most of what we’ve achieved?

Spend a little more time to enjoy what you’ve earned … what you’ve achieved … and a little less time trying to get more of it.

Friday, February 8th, 2019

Are you doing the right thing? The wrong thing? Nothing?

We’ve talked about the importance of taking action on many occasions … and in many forms.

I’ve been known to follow this mantra … Ready – Aim – Fire … when I realize it’s better to fire at something … “take action” … than to spend too much time aiming.

Try it. The worst thing you can do is nothing.

Friday, February 1st, 2019

Is there a more important characteristic than attitude?

Throughout my long career, I have never found a better single criterion for a superior performer than their attitude.

Have you found a different word that works for you in identifying your best employees? Share your thoughts in the comments below.