Top 10 Employee Selection Mistakes… and Solutions

Selecting the right people is a critical leadership lever that drives growth. Employee selection is the ultimate pay-me-now or pay-me-later leadership proposition. Do it effectively now and reap the benefits of a high-performing team later. Do it fast and cheap now, and pay the price later of increased turnover, underperforming teams, a diluted culture and…

Compelling Purpose

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“Your purpose is where your greatest joy meets the world’s greatest need.”   - Frederick Buechner  There is only one of you. No one is exactly like you and no one was created for the purpose you are to fulfill each day on Earth. Your purpose may or may not be what you do for a living, but…

Start Strong to Finish Strong

The best way to finish strong is to start strong. That's one reason each new President creates a plan for “The First 100 Days.” It sets the tone for an incoming President. The 100 Day Plan is a must for the leaders of the free world. As leaders of your own world, you should also…

Your Next Chapter

Life always moves forward, never backward.  Even when it seems that everything is halted during a pandemic. Minutes, hours, days, weeks and months pass.    Your life and career are on a pathway to somewhere, so why not be intentional about your destination and enjoy the journey? Start by asking yourself two simple questions:  What…

Your Weakest Link

We each have strengths and weaknesses. We work best when we are using our strengths; however, we are all required to perform tasks that might not be a strength.  We all know there is always a weakest link on any team (always someone else, of course!). As the old saying goes, "a team is only as…

8 Ways to Reduce Waste

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Inspiring coaches go for quantity, not quality, of ideas to build a culture of innovation and ownership. They make ideas—lots of them—part of everyone’s job. They use clarifying questions to determine if and how to best implement the ideas. Ask your team for the kinds of ideas you need. You may have a focus area…

9 Things You Need to Stop Doing Today

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One of my long-standing clients, National Motor Club, is a provider of roadside assistance and other safety and security benefits for its members. Soon after Matt Krzysiak was promoted to CEO, he showed leadership courage by rolling out an initiative called “the dumb things we do.” It was a lighthearted, non-threatening way to uncover goofy…

Quit Managing Your Time… Manage Your Attention

Video of BP9IBrgx7eA No matter what you do, time marches on at its own pace—tick, tick, tick—and there's nothing you can do to change that (unless you can go pretty close to the speed of light). Time is the great equalizer; it runs at the same speed for everybody, rich or poor, jet pilot or…

Reflection

Here is an excerpt from Leadership Matters. It contains 31 daily insights to inspire extraordinary results. day 25: Reflection Today's hyperactive and attention-demanding world makes reflection no easy task. Nonetheless, we still must find a way to carve out "mental space" so we can think clearly, plan, reflect, dream. My youngest daughter has a special…