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Tag: Vision

People Always

December 27, 2017 0 Comments
People Always

Mission First: But people always. Here’s my takeaway from the mantra: “Mission first, people ALWAYS.” It is true that we are always dealing with people. Ourselves, our leadership team, our employees, our customers and our vendors — all are people. At least for now! I’ve long said that we need to put our employees first. […]

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No Plan Survives The First Contact

November 22, 2017 0 Comments
No Plan Survives The First Contact

Planning: I’m told that Benjamin Franklin said, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Planning is critical in order to move an organization toward achievement of the vision. In the same way that a map is not the territory, a business plan is not the way the market is or will be at the time […]

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Leadership and Engagement

August 9, 2017 0 Comments
Leadership and Engagement

According to Gallup The numbers rarely change. In the U.S., the annual Gallup survey shows that about 70% of our employees are NOT engaged. Meaning, they are putting in no extra effort to move the company forward. Employee engagement is the engine of productivity. Job #1 The CEO, Founder, Owner of a company has one […]

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A Wide Variety of Tastes

June 7, 2017 0 Comments
A Wide Variety of Tastes

The Chef’s Creation Variety is frequently a positive goal to achieve when when doing things such as organizing your life, building an organization, creating a mastermind group or developing a high functioning team. However, sometimes, we can miss the mark. We can over do things. I started thinking about this when my wife made a comment […]

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Try Leading and Not Managing

February 15, 2017 0 Comments
Try Leading and Not Managing

I’ll be frank, I don’t understand the question that comes up so frequently in my circles — “How do we manage the Millennials?” To me, it seems really straightforward. Somehow, people have confused themselves. You manage projects, you lead people. Try leading Millennials instead of managing them. Managing vs Leading There are several ways of distinguishing […]

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It Matters What YOU Believe

June 8, 2016 0 Comments
It Matters What YOU Believe

I have the privilege of working with a couple of business incubators and several start up company founders. The founders are sometimes surprised when I suggest that they must pay attention to leadership now, not later. They are even more surprised and usually totally unprepared to talk about their own fundamental organizing principles. It “all” starts with […]

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Leadership and Craftsmanship

September 2, 2015 0 Comments
Leadership and Craftsmanship

Real World: Fresh out of engineering school and excited to begin my new job, I enthusiastically began work on test equipment design for a digital fuel control. One of the more memorable experiences was working with the technician assigned to our team. He was (is?) a true craftsman. The circuit breadboards he built to our […]

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Grasping at Smoke.

January 7, 2015 0 Comments
Grasping at Smoke.

It’s the vision thing. You know, that BHAG (Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal). That Yonder Star. Trying to put that feeling, emotion and passion into a short meaningful statement is like grasping at smoke. You can’t ever quite catch it. Yet it is critical to do so to make sure your organization knows why it exists. A long […]

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Leadership: Clarity

May 28, 2014
Leadership: Clarity

Almost all the leadership topics of the day wind up talking about “clarity” at one point or another. Why is that? I noticed this phenomenon while reading such diverse topics as “employee engagement,” “vision and purpose statements,” “execution culture,” “developing leaders,” “executive coaching” and “what motivates employees.” The common thread I noticed was clarity. The […]

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Book Review: Traction by Gino Wickman

December 11, 2013
Book Review: Traction by Gino Wickman

Gino Wickman has written a very clear, practical and implementable how to book for getting a grip on your business. He introduces his EOS or Entrepreneurial Operating System to us early on then methodically goes through the meaning and implementation of the system. There are six major components to his EOS: VISION Successful business owners […]

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