25 Jan

Why Are We Managing Generations

Over the last several years a lot of people have made a lot of money telling business owners and leaders that to effectively manage the modern workforce you must manage the generations differently. Why? They claim these generations are all different, have different values, work practices, and motivators.

In the immortal words of my father…Horse pucky.

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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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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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09 Nov

CONFLICT IS GOOD

Let’s be honest; most human beings dislike conflict.  They avoid it because it makes them feel uncomfortable AND they believe it is either an affront to their authority or a sign of disharmony.

 

To paraphrase Gordon Gecko (Michael Douglas in the movie Wall Street), “Conflict is Good.”

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