When You Lose, Are You Bitter or Better?
Here’s the scenario: life throws you a curve ball. Things don’t go your way. You suffer an embarrassing moment in front of colleagues, your spouse or your kids. You lose the deal, the game, the promotion, or the moment. The other guy wins. You failed. What are your responses? Yes, I believe there is more […]
Leadership: Finding a Good Fit
Companies spend a lot of time and money trying to identify “good fit” during their hiring process. Candidate selection is driven by the magical, mystical notion of making a good fit decision. First Steps Clearly, the first step usually involves matching job description requirements with the candidate’s stated background experience. Right away, the matching process […]
Seen Any Red Flags Lately?
The new year is always full of new possibilities. Yet sometimes we drag old situations into the new year. One big area where I see people struggle has to do with identifying and managing “red flags.” What is it about red flags? You know, those subtle warning signs that a new situation is going to […]
Beating Procrastination at Its Own Game – and Ways to Thrive
People often ask me about ways to beat procrastination. I usually say “I’ll get back to you.” Just kidding. Everyone procrastinates sometimes, but 20 percent of people chronically avoid difficult tasks and deliberately look for distractions—which, unfortunately, are increasingly available. Procrastination in large part reflects our perennial struggle with self-control as well as our inability […]
Lessons in Leadership: Soaring with the Winds of Life
When facing challenges at work, consider the ‘winds’ of life.
A Mentor’s Greatest Lament
It’s easy to find a lot of talk about mentoring; being a mentor, using a mentor, and growing from mentorship. One of my most popular posts was about being a stepping stone. But what will you do about that? Mentors come in many varieties. Anyone who’s been through some form of higher learning has probably […]
Introducing the Entrepreneur Scan
When you have a business, it is only natural that you try to examine it. We all know that the more information you have about something, the more significant your chances of making correct decisions for the business. Entrepreneurs scan their business often, even though many already know their ventures like “the back of their […]
Leading Change: An Old Model Reveals New Ideas
Business leaders know the challenge it can be to lead change. When there is a new announcement about something changing, you can often hear the groans that arise.
Stuck Right Now? Here’s How to Get 3 Levels Beyond
Are you feeling stuck? It’s like walking in quicksand. You can’t make any forward progress.
Great Leaders Don’t Set Out to Be a Leader
Seldom does an individual sense the call of leadership at an early age; as in “I’m going to be a fireman” or “I’m going to be an astronaut”.