Do You Inspire Others?

An important element in leadership is the ability to inspire others. Inspiring others should not be confused with motivation where someone is providing a motive for action. Inspiring others stimulates or arouses the mind, feelings toward a special activity or creativity. In other words, stimulating a special activity or creativity can cause an individual to […]

Leadership in Chaos

True leadership emerges when unusual or extreme circumstances occur. Ordinary decisions become risky with outcomes threatening long term impact to the company. Delay or deliberation may result in the loss of opportunity to solve a crisis before it rushes out of control, creating organizational confusion and affecting the long term impact on company reputation. The topic […]

Lukewarm Leadership: Knowledge without Practice

A surprising condition among those in leadership positions is a tendency to avoid taking or deferring action when various business challenges or crisis occur. This might be a difficult or complex organization issue, supporting an ambitious new product plan, standing up for the organization to senior management or the board, or engaging in a difficult […]

The Pathway to Delegation

Delegating management responsibility is a problem for many in leadership positions and particularly business owners. Delegation is a core concept to being a leader. However, there can be resistance by leaders to letting go of responsibility (and recognition) to subordinates who might stumble and put them (and the company) in a bad light or to […]

Eight Ways To Stimulate Your Business

Every business organization – large and small – has the tendency, over time, to lose its edge, become complacent, drifting into a level of mediocrity which reduces the competitive position of the company. Employees feel it first, then supervision, management and leadership levels notice. Along the way the customer notices that the product or service […]

Stand Tall: Stand on Principle or Go With the Flow?

As an owner, CEO, senior manager or supervisor of a small group, you are often called upon to “stand tall” on making not only basic business decisions but also upholding the principles and values of the company. Most business decisions can be reduced to numbers, rules, and standards. But pressure on company management to compromise […]

What Keeps You Awake at Night: Sales?

One of the more common business issues that weigh on owners and senior leaders, particularly at night when they should be sleeping, is the ability of their businesses to meet sales objectives. A business is committed to daily expenses that must be absorbed by incoming sales in the form of orders from customers that can […]

Experience and Risk: The Basis for Success

From owners to employees, the goal is the same – business success. Sounds good, but have they prepared themselves for the journey. Business success does not happen over night for most people. It is a journey of many years, undergoing many experiences develops your professional skills and prepares you to deal with various risk conditions […]

Successful Leaders are not Conflict Averse

Through my observations of successful leaders, I recognize that they have many attributes. In addition to vision, ability to articulate and communicate vision successfully, motivate followers, high integrity plus other qualities, I find that successful leaders are not conflict adverse. Successful leaders are problem solvers, either directly or through others, and are action oriented. They […]

Exit Strategy: Do You Have a Roadmap to Success?

There are many business owners today that are approaching the final phase of running their business where they have to consider how they are going to exit (leave the company) and on what terms. While there are many scenarios that can be played out there are at least three key questions that come into play: […]