Do You Energize Your Team?

This week I have asked 10 people younger than 50 if they knew who Jack Welch was and only one person knew. And this one person only knew because she “saw something on television” that he died. If you are over 50 and took any business courses I’m sure you know who Jack Welch was. Welch, who died this week at 85, was the former President of General Electric (GE). Welch, an engineer by training, was best known to some of us for his innovative management and leadership practices that continue to be used globally today. 4Es of Leadership. My [...]

By |2020-03-09T09:27:35-04:00March 5th, 2020|Leadership, Leadership Lessons|

Lie Detection – You Aren’t As Good as You Think

Photo by Beliaikin When I went into banking out of college in the mid-1970s I was trained on how to make loans. I remember my boss saying something like, “You look like a trusting young man, Steve, and you are going to want to believe everything people tell you - but don’t. While most people will look like they are telling you the truth and they are, other folks will look like they are telling you the truth, but they aren’t. Don’t base a loan decision on how someone appears, deceptive faces are not obvious.” He told me [...]

By |2020-03-05T13:28:12-05:00February 27th, 2020|Books, Just Plain Interesting|

A Gratitude Lesson from The Fonz

Today many of us are just speechless. We are tired of all the bullying, name-calling, and rancor. Most of us are kind humans just trying to get through the week. And then something wonderful happens and you just feel better. Yesterday morning, for example, Patti and I received the most wonderful note from an 80-year-old woman in our Church showing gratitude to us personally for all the ways we both quietly help our Church family flourish. We were both speechless. Then, I happened to re-listen to Henry Winkler’s wonderful segment on Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me.  Winkler, whose Jewish parents [...]

By |2020-03-05T13:30:02-05:00February 6th, 2020|Change Leadership|

Sir Elton John – Why a Leader’s Life is Worth Changing

Once in awhile, I realize what a quiet and uneventful life I lead. That happened recently when I finished Elton John’s new autobiography, Me. I have long been a fan and so I was curious to learn about his life. I was especially interested to learn about his temperamental side and how he turned his life around and became a leader in the world’s battle with AIDS. Photo - Taron Egerton Before I share a few, brief interesting takeaways, I must urge you to listen to the audiobook rather than read it. While Elton does read the opening [...]

By |2020-03-05T13:33:58-05:00January 23rd, 2020|Books, Just Plain Interesting|

To Collaborate Think “Outward” – 6 Skills

What makes for effective collaboration? I pondered this question while reading Elton John’s new autobiography, Me, and seeing how he worked on hundreds of collaborations. I also re-read an article on how Pixar got started and the incredible collaboration required when they made their first full-length movie, Toy Story, in 1994. These stories made me curious about effective collaboration and here are two resources I discovered that deepened my understanding. Six Skills Needed to Think "Outward." In a recent Harvard Business Review article called Cracking the Code of Sustained Collaboration, Professor Francesca Gino, shares her research into collaboration at Pixar [...]

By |2020-03-05T13:39:55-05:00January 9th, 2020|Team Leadership / Teamwork, Teams & Culture|

Millennials Love Spending Money on Pets  

When I saw our dog, Nico, looking at me helplessly before a recent cold spell, I knew what he was thinking - “Give me a break! Can’t you buy better things with your money, like toys?” I told him, “I agree, Nico, why do we spend so much on stupid stuff for our pets?” While I think there are some interesting psychological reasons for what we do, I was equally curious about the pet market itself, which continues to be one of the strongest growth retail segments in the United States. Here are some fun and interesting things I learned [...]

By |2020-03-05T13:36:21-05:00December 20th, 2019|Business, General|

Fred, Use Your Credit Card

I have a confession to make. Last weekend I was finally relaxing on Saturday and was looking at my cable-tv guide for something to watch for a few minutes and stumbled on a very old Flintstones cartoon. I loved the Flintstones as a kid and watched it faithfully on Friday nights in the early 1960s when I was 7 or 8 years old, even when we lived in Hawaii. I don’t think I’ve watched any part of an episode since then. So, yes, I tuned-in for a few minutes on Saturday. In this episode, which I confirmed was from 1961, [...]

By |2020-03-05T14:35:59-05:00December 6th, 2019|Business|

A Penny for Your Song, Not

If a song by your favorite singer has been streamed or played a million times, did they get lots of money? I wondered that myself and I’ll share what I learned in a moment. As a marketing major in college many years ago I still remember a question our professor asked while opening the first class of a logistics or “physical distribution management” course. The verbal sequence went something like this. Professor: What is the most valuable function in business? Student 1: Manufacturing Professor: Nope Student 2: Finance Professor: Nope Student 3: Advertising Professor: Nope Me: Given this course we [...]

By |2019-11-21T14:53:56-05:00November 21st, 2019|Business, General|

Two Sides of Your Responsibility Coin

We have many roles in our lives and each role brings with it different responsibilities. This week when I was talking with someone about leadership roles I found myself using the two sides of a coin as a metaphor for the discussion. On the “heads” side of the responsibility coin are those leadership responsibilities you have because of your “positional” leadership role. Examples of these types of roles might be as a Team Leader, Manager, Chairperson, or President. With these roles come responsibilities unique to each organization. On the “tails” side of the responsibility coin are those leadership responsibilities that [...]

By |2019-11-07T15:25:23-05:00November 7th, 2019|Credibility & Inspiration, Leadership, Uncategorized|

Leaders Decide Challenging People Grow or Go

Photo by Anthony Tran One of the most stressful parts of life is dealing with people that have high-conflict personalities. And, if you have to manage one, your life just got worse. It is a leader’s job to manage and decide whether these types of team members can grow or have to go. In a moment, I’ll share a few simple steps for making “grow or go” decisions. Upcoming Webinar. Last year in my article One Narcissist You Want Off Your Team I described one of the worst types of personalities you might encounter as described by Bill [...]

By |2019-11-07T15:11:57-05:00October 24th, 2019|Bullies & Misbehavior, Human Behavior|