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|