How to Boss-Up Without Being Bossy

A Vital Skill For Management Effectiveness

Elizabeth’s anger and frustration were apparent.  It was also justifiable.  A few employees had just been discovered taking small liberties with inventory.  They were using very poor judgement at best and stealing at worst. The team members worked hard and brought a lot to the business.  So the gravity of the moment pulled heavily on Elizabeth, and she […]

Why We Must Stop Focusing on Greatness

And Start Doing Things That Reflect It

behavior, culture, good to great, leadership, mindset, service

In our day’s work journey toward corporate greatness (even if your work is at home) I find one recurring challenge that is the proverbial fly in the ointment. We the people have to deal with us the humans. It’s like a friend sometimes joked – “this job would be fun if it weren’t for the people.”  He […]

Two Must-Have Types of Motivation Every Employee Craves

And Why the Carrot and Stick Fall Short.

Employee motivation, employee engagement, teams, team building, management, leadership, business building, coaching

One of the things I sometimes see in my coaching practice is a poor grasp of how people are motivated to do what needs to be done in the business.  As a result, business leaders can sometimes have a single threaded way of “motivating” their team members that can actually be de-motivating at best, and downright […]

What To Do When The Demands Overwhelm The Work

leadership quotes, business building, entrepreneur, time management, business breakthroughs, leadership

Recently my wife had one of those days in her business where the demands of customers, employees, vendors, and daughters reached a crescendo of overwhelm.  Like dogs at the kennel, several urgent matters blended into a reverberating chorus of barks. It was then she did what any normal, healthy entrepreneur might do. She locked herself […]

Why Some Entrepreneurs Are Almost Always More Productive

Productivity, Time Management, business building, entrepreneurship, personal productivity, leadership development

If productivity were an olympic sport, some entrepreneurs would be clear medal contenders. They spend their time in targeted, intentional ways with the aim to get things done. Yet their strategies for getting there can vary widely. A part of Richard Branson’s strategy is to workout, saying physical exercise gives him up to four more hours […]

SXSW: What I Learned From a Conference I Didn’t Actually Attend

business development, Creativity, Entrepreneur, Ideas, Leadership development, Community

The returns are coming in from #SXSW15 (South by Southwest 2015) – the annual gathering of creatives, techies, brainies, groupies, suits, hippies, and puppies (see inset). And that’s just for starters. As a very present gathering of very future oriented thinkers, SXSW does not disappoint in affirming that we live in an ‘all swim’ age […]