As discussed yesterday the first flaw in granting favor to our favorites is that we rarely get challenged. Secondly, we pass up talent when we fall into the favor flaw. When you pack your team with people whom you bestow favor, you run a big risk of passing up other talents present in your organization. … More The Favor Flaw, part II
Let’s face it, we as leaders have many flaws. We’re not perfect. For this reason, we need to continually be in the process of self-examination. One of our flaws is that many if not most leaders tend to give favor to those we like the most, who agree with everything we do, who kowtow to us, who … More The Favor Flaw, part I
Wherever you go, you step into a particular culture. If you go to a fast-food restaurant you will experience their culture. If you go to a high-end restaurant they will operate out of a distinctly different culture. You will find distinct cultures in retail stores, hotels, auto repair shops, grocery stores, manufacturing facilities, banks, churches, schools, homes, and families. … More Creating Culture on Purpose
It has been said, “When the student is ready the teacher will appear.” (source unknown) Are you that student? Are you the one who is ready to learn? If so, who will be your teacher? Who has appeared in your life that can invest in you, prod you on, speak into your life, provide guidance and input, … More Who’s your teacher?
Many years ago, I was in the final stages of the interview process of being hired as a Western Region Vice President for a company headquarted on the East Coast. The president and owner of the company asked, “I heard you do these religious seminars, should I be worried?” “Is that going to get in the way … More Faith at work
I’m a big fan of empowerment. I don’t think we have enough leaders that really understand the dynamics of what it means. Yet, at the same time, empowerment is a two-sided coin. On one side, empowerment enables work to be done in an equitable way. You empower your executives and directors to manage and lead the people within … More Caution: Empowerment
Stephen Covey once said that he felt that so many people in organizations were “over managed and underlead.” Meaning that there is a whole lot of management going on in our companies but not a lot of leadership. His statement highlighted another reality, that there is a huge difference between management and leadership. You can be a … More Over-managed and underserved