Making Things Bigger Than They Really Are

Chicken Little courtesy Disney Corp

Do you sometimes make things bigger than they really are? Managers and leaders need to be on watch for overstating what is going on. More importantly, they need to throttle their internal reaction to the things around them. The great social activist Chicken Little was quoted as saying “The sky is falling” when he had […]

The Margins in Life

Life Margin - Changing Lives

Do you think about margins in life like a business thinks about profit margins? For business, the different between its total/gross revenue (income) and its expenses is its margin. Without margin, you can never grow. Clearly a negative margin means you are going backwards, headed to bankruptcy or liquidation. Life follows a similar paradigm. While […]

The Ultimate In Leadership Is Coaching Your Team

But We Need to Debunk Learning Styles

Learning Styles Debunked

The best leaders are coaches for their followers. Leaders who have amassed big followings impact their people by providing inspiration through coaching. Yes, there is the charismatic leader who mobilizes huge crowds, but the leaders who really make a difference are those who coach their followers to great achievement. They invest time and energy in […]

Get Off Your Buts…

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Yes, I spelled that right. One of the most powerful words is BUT. It has far reaching impact on several levels; most are not good. Individuals who achieve the most in this life seldom give in to BUT; they stay off their BUT.   Personal Reflection On a personal level, BUT gives us convenient excuses. […]

Leadership 101: Consensus is Overrated

Managing Agreement May Be Harder Than You Think

Abilene Paradox

There are leadership theories that place a premium on gaining consensus for decisions. Unfortunately, group consensus has a psychology of its own. Just because you as the leader have gained consensus, you may want to be careful what you ask for. You may remember Jerry Harvey’s Parable of the Abilene Paradox, (link is external) developed […]

What Is “Slowly, Rarely or Never”?

Leadership, purpose

That’s the answer to the question “how do people change?” There are plenty of situations in our lives and in the world around us when people want to talk about change. Whether it has to do with a red state/blue state matter, an economic trend, a market condition, or the price of something, change is […]

Managers – What Will You Be on Halloween?

This evening is Halloween; celebrated in many different ways. Of the many best loved traditions in America, the donning of costumes is at the top of the list. Many, many years ago, in times past, adults began dressing in elaborate costumes for Halloween parties, also known as Masquerade parties, long before it became an annual […]