11 Jan

Accepting Change is Difficult – You Must First Avoid the “Not’s.”

Change is inevitable. Like time, we cannot stop it. To not only survive but thrive in today’s business environment, you must not only accept change but must also embrace change. Given that accepting change is one of the more difficult things we mere mortals must do, having a plan, a strategic plan to manage change in your business is critical to success.

To understand how to be successful with change lets first look at the “Not’s” of change management. There are six of them:

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04 Jan

The WOW Person – Is It All Good?

Your career is sailing; your business is profitable; everyone looks at you and says “WOW, I want to be like them.”  I am certain many of us have read or seen such a scenario.  To be the “WOW person” is wonderful.  To be associated with that person is pretty good too.  Imagine the WOW person and a WOW business.   The perfect scenario.

Then, one day, it all falls apart.  Some behavior enters into your life; you start making bad business decisions, you stop listening to others about your business.  We have all seen or read of those.  Successful Business Leaders who start affairs with subordinate employees, Successful Business Leaders who illicitly take money from their business, Successful Business Leaders who abuse a variety of legal or illegal substances, Successful Business Leaders who take illegal short cuts.  One day they get caught, and their self-destructive behavior brings them crashing down. 

How do you prevent that?

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14 Dec

Ambiguity is NOT a Leadership Value

Ambiguity, according to many dictionaries, can be defined as “any concept, idea, statement or claim whose meaning, intention or interpretation cannot be definitively resolved “, another word for ambiguity is vague.  Vagueness and lack of clarity in communication, mission and vision is nothing less than a productivity and performance killer.  In short, ambiguity does nothing more than destroy profitability while protecting ineffective leaders.  It is then understandable that Ambiguity is not a leadership value.

So, how do you overcome ambiguity?

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23 Nov

Leaders and Entrepreneurs – Good Storytellers

Leaders and Entrepreneurs must be good storytellers.  They have to be so that they can realize the dreams and goals they have for their business, product or service.  I met a local Entrepreneur.  A young one at that.  At least to me, he was young as he had not yet reached his 20th Birthday. He was sent to me for advice regarding his new business venture.  As I sat in the local Coffee Shop, I watched him, and his product walk toward me.  He was excited, and you could tell that by looking at him.

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02 Nov

Assertive Communication

Assertive communication is how we express ourselves to others in a firm yet positive way.  It is different from aggressive communication.  Aggressive communication is often viewed as harmful.  Aggressive communication is sometimes viewed as a way of establishing individual superiority by putting others down. Some characteristics of aggressive communication are sarcasm, harsh tones (regardless of intent and condescending statements directed toward others.  When individuals are feeling stressed nor overwhelmed they tend to communicate in an aggressive manner.  Assertive communication, on the other hand, is a more respectful form of communication that considers our own needs while being respectful of the needs and feelings of others.

What can you do to be more assertive and less aggressive in communicating?

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