Archive for November 2017

Unfulfilled Commitments (You’re Screwing Up!)

It drives me bonkers when one of the guys working directly under me fails in the simplest tasks. These are not entry level employees or people who do not know what they are doing. These are seasoned veterans; the people I need to count on so I can focus on non-project related parts of our…

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Feeling Empowered

Empowering those around you is consistently a trait of all great leaders. Teams of empowered people can achieve amazingly high levels of success. My question is “what is empowerment?” How do you learn it, can you pass it on, can you take it with you, and can you delegate it?  Is it measurable, manageable, and…

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Give Me Some Respect

“I just want some respect. Give me some respect!” What a silly comment. Everybody wants some respect.  Everybody wants to be respected for something whether they acknowledge it or not.  Who in their right mind would ask for some disrespect? I just had an employee asking me to tell someone else to respect him. My…

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Un-Answered Questions

I just finished a two-hour conversation and walked away without a single answer. Frustrating! I’m sure we all know people who seem incapable of answering a simple question. One of my best friends growing up had a mother like that. “Is Jimmy home,” I would ask. Even though that sounded simple, her response was “What…

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Keeping Your Culture

Author’s note: this is part of a long blog series on corporate culture.  Feel free to look back on previous blogs to explore previous material on evaluating, changing and establishing your corporate culture within the business context. Changing your businesses culture is hard work. And once those changes start to manifest themselves through your entire business,…

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Changing Your Culture – Step 4

Author’s note: this is part of a long blog series on corporate culture.  Feel free to look back on previous blogs to explore previous material on evaluating, changing and establishing your corporate culture within the business context. So far, we have decided what we want our culture to be, we have converted that culture into a…

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Changing Your Culture – Step 3

Author’s note: this is part of a long blog series on corporate culture.  Feel free to look back on previous blogs to explore previous material on evaluating, changing and establishing your corporate culture within the business context. Simply selecting a set of corporate vales and hanging them in the lobby is not a guarantee that changes…

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Changing Your Culture – Steps 1 & 2

Author’s note: this is part of a long blog series on corporate culture.  Feel free to look back on previous blogs to explore previous material on evaluating, changing and establishing your corporate culture within the business context. I see four overall steps to changing your current corporate culture. The first is defining your new culture as described in…

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