It Doesn’t Matter If Your Employees Like Their Job

It Doesn’t Matter If Your Employees Like Their Job

People may not care about the actual function of the organization, but they do care about how people speak to one another. They care about people being sensitive to one another’s feelings. They care about having their voice heard. They care about people respecting their time. They care about not having to listen to rude or off-color jokes. They care about the harm gossip creates. They care about the negative impact of favoritism and cliques.

Bureaucracy and the Poor Leadership Excuse

Bureaucracy and the Poor Leadership Excuse

Leaders de-centralize the decision-making process and create an environment of autonomy and initiative which will thrive in spite of growth and multiple tiers of leadership in the organizational chart.

Under Stress You Go To What You Know. What Do You Know?

Under Stress You Go To What You Know. What Do You Know?

Is this remedy perfect? Probably not. But it’s predictable and it is a place I go under stress because I know it intimately at this point in my life. It provides me certainty. I may not be certain how the situation will turn out, but I’m certain about how I’m going to handle it. In the end, this is better than just hoping things will work out because hope is not a process or strategy.

Leadership and Breaking Through the Fluff: Being In the Moment

Leadership and Breaking Through the Fluff: Being In the Moment

Hard truth alert: you are NOT that important, and you are NOT so busy. This is where I may lose some of you because this hard truth forces us to check our ego, which is something many will not do. Hence, the precious commodity that is the ego-less leader.

Want To Be a Great Leader? Lower Your Bar

Want To Be a Great Leader? Lower Your Bar

This is not an article calling for you to put in place my guidelines to start your leadership journey. It’s a call for you, as a leader, to think, put your ego aside, and evaluate all the little things that could be improved about your team.

Don't Let Your Prideful Streak Get You Killed ... Literally

Don't Let Your Prideful Streak Get You Killed ... Literally

Pride will kill you, both figuratively and literally, if you don’t keep it in check.

A Letter From My Father

A Letter From My Father

I pray I can be half the father to my children my father was to me. Please enjoy how a real Dad got it done.

Want to Find the Way to Motivation and Inner Strength? Think “ME” First.

Want to Find the Way to Motivation and Inner Strength? Think “ME” First.

Once we decide, consciously, how we act and react the sky is the limit to what we will achieve. If you can’t find the motivation in mastering yourself before anything else, well, I’m not sure where you can find it then.

Want to be a Great Leader? Take an Ice Bath

Want to be a Great Leader? Take an Ice Bath

Is the ice bath a metaphor for being in the moment in life? No. It’s a reality. When you can get to a calm, comfortable place in an ice bath because you are focused on only what you are doing in that moment, suddenly it isn’t so hard to recognize when you are “multi-tasking” and doing two, or more, things badly.

Where the Fear Lies: A Memorial Day Thought

Where the Fear Lies: A Memorial Day Thought

I believe my reflections on fear explain why I get so emotional on Memorial Day. It reminds me that our fallen felt fear…but they went anyway. They had thoughts about the consequences of going…but they went anyway. They realized the consequences of going could alter, and end, their lives…but they went anyway. They realized recognition and praise for what they were about to do would go largely unrealized…but they went anyway.

Want To Be a Great Leader? Stop Acting Like a White Belt

Want To Be a Great Leader? Stop Acting Like a White Belt

Jiu-Jitsu is a beautiful metaphor for leadership and life. Have a plan but have contingencies. Don’t get hung up over something that didn’t work out quite right. Execute your contingency plan and move on. Review what went wrong and how you will improve next time after the fact.

Everyone Must Have Glue on Them

Everyone Must Have Glue on Them

Of course, some people provide more value than others. Of course, some people need more guidance than others. This is not the point. The point is to get glue on everyone so the overall effort, and the subsequent success of the effort, is more than just the presence of one or two superstars.

Time To Get Over It. Stop Labeling “Millennials” and Start Leading Them

Time To Get Over It. Stop Labeling “Millennials” and Start Leading Them

Great leaders look at that youthful spirit as a positive attribute to be harnessed. They don’t judge, they lead. They let their young followers make mistakes, gently guide them in the right direction, and accept that as time advances so do ideas.

Want To Be a Great Leader? Train Your Glutes!

Want To Be a Great Leader? Train Your Glutes!

Be sure to pat someone on the back for a job well done. Ask about your employee’s kids or pet. Host a team lunch to build camaraderie. These are all good things, but they are not the basic elements of leadership. They won’t prevent injuries, to stay with the metaphor. Poor performance is the most painful leadership injury and to prevent it we need to do the basics.

You Hate the Cliché for Only One Reason: It’s True

You Hate the Cliché for Only One Reason: It’s True

Justifying bad behavior by blaming it on a circumstance or individual seems to be a popular, and sadly effective, way of escaping personal accountability today.

Are You a Leader Who Does The Difficult Work Yourself? Good For You…Now Demote Yourself

Are You a Leader Who Does The Difficult Work Yourself? Good For You…Now Demote Yourself

It’s hard work to ensure your team is properly planning for success. It’s hard work to ensure you, as the leader, know the plan and are holding the team accountable for the successful execution of the plan. It’s hard work to ensure your people are properly trained so they can execute their duties.