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8 Successful Tips to Keep Leaders Focused on “The Majors”

Executives are under siege from countless disparate business priorities all claiming to be number one.  The competing priorities are all persuasive.  Priorities can come from you, your board or other boss, or from employees. Some priorities are strictly minor leaguers; minions of the here- and-now, thralls of the short-term-fix. Other priorities are major-leaguers with a perspective on the past and a vision for the future. (more…)

Dump Trucks: They Work for Construction, Not for Leadership

Dump trucks were developed in Western Europe during the 19th century. The Galion Buggy Company and others introduced them into the United States in 1910 and they have been shaking kidneys to jelly ever since. Smaller dump trucks have a carrying capacity of 3-4 tones but they are being steadily upstaged by super dump trucks which can carry a heaping 26 tons. Since super dump trucks can haul so much, the drivers’ can make less trips and theoretically save fuel and time. The driver just waits till the truck is full enough, then unloads it at their time and choosing, burying the unsuspecting dump site which never sees the light of day again. Many leader/managers do the same to unsuspecting employees.  (more…)

Why Not Give Employees a Chance to Redeem Themselves?

There are stories of managers who have taken derailed employees and jimmied them back on track. Unfortunately most of us have not experienced this personally. Since leadership coaching and mentoring is a rocky uphill climb, most of us take the easier path which has three trailheads. Trailhead number one is to avoid confronting the undesired behavior. Trailhead number two is to ship the employee to another department. Trailhead number three is to take the behavior until we can’t stand it anymore and fire the employee either within the first 90 days of employment or sometime thereafter. All trails merge at the summit of pink slip peak. (more…)

Are You an Effective Leader?

There isn’t a leader that at some level of insight, hasn’t asked him/herself that exact question. How do you know if you are an effective leader? There is a vast smorgasbord of leadership styles out there. Is the right leadership style idiosyncratic? If not, how do you find the right one?

To a large degree, the effectiveness of a leader is measured by the achievement of defined metrics that are a mix of financial, quality, service, and operational measures. But just meeting or beating the benchmarks isn’t the whole story. There are other measures. How effective is the leader in building a team? Does s/he have a vision for the company, a roadmap to success for every stakeholder involved? How well does s/he inspire that team to embrace the vision? Is his/her organizational culture a fertile oasis of new ideas or a wasteland of old ones? (more…)