Tag: Strategy

As A Leader, What Foundational Tools Do You Provide For Others?

Leadership Lesson: In order for leaders to expect the best, they should provide that best, and that means understanding that people need the right tools to do the best work.

Although a main attribute of leadership is extracting the skill out of those being led, nothing can truly happen as effectively as possible if the right…


Do You Believe Business Can Step In To Make Government More Effective?

Can business step in to make government more effective?

From the outside, these two institutions may look very different, but at their core, there is so much they have in common. How far apart are these worlds, really?

Because business has suffered some well-known, controversial, and ethical wounds and maintained some long-lasting scars in its…


7 “Presidential” Lessons: Trump Vs. the Mainstream Media

Weekly leadership and professional development lessons seem to be ripe for the taking in the era of the Trump Administration.

This past week, President Trump continued declaring his distrust of the media, hammering the mainstream outlets during his now-infamous first major press conference since assuming the Presidency.

During the presser, which he peppered with more unsubstantiated claims,…


When You Want To Move Forward, Avoid The Dead End That Is “I Don’t Know.”

Leadership and professional development culminate in, ultimately, a goal we have for ourselves, but it begins by serving others.

It begins with serving others because, very rarely, can such goals be accomplished without others buying into, believing and investing in, or contributing to what we are trying to achieve, whether they are customers, staff, or other stakeholders.

And there are various ways…


Can You Find The Middle Ground Between You and Your Opponent?

Leadership Lesson: Merely talking at someone and repeating your own talking points repeatedly does nothing to move the overall message, relationship, and environment forward.

The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election has already gone down as one of the most contentious, divisive, and combative election cycles in United States history.

The term “trickle-down,” aside from being used for economic purposes, could also be used…


How Do You Balance Your Power Once You’ve Ascended In Leadership?

Disrupting the balance in an environment undermines the steps one can take to evolve and improve the environment. Through disruption which is too powerful and “unhinged,” you risk not just resetting policies, but relationships.

Politics aside, leadership needs to be about assurance and reassurance. Part of those assurances is that, in addition to meeting the goal desired by and for the…


As A Professional, In Addition To “Yes,” How Do You Say “No?”

In the game of chess, for each move made and piece utilized, there is a reason which could be revealed either immediately or a few moves later.

Whether the moved piece is used in that instant to make a fatal blow to the opposing side or for setting the stage for…


As Demonstrated In Brexit: How Do You Include A Former Opponent?

The Brexit Referendum has come and gone, and through it the people of the United Kingdom–England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland–decided to leave the European Union with the decision to leave winning by a relatively slim margin.  There are various reasons both sides of the argument supported their side and opposed the other…


For A Well-Rounded Approach To Your Development, Be Sure To Take Advantage Of Your Friends

You should not take your friends for granted, but you should definitely take advantage of them.

This does not mean taking advantage of them in the traditional sense, where they are used to their detriment for your gain, but instead to take advantage of the value that they provide.

It means looking to your friends and…


To Be As Effective As Possible, Consider That Everyone’s a Customer

Everyone loves great customer service. Great experiences of customer service are few and far between, and almost unbelievable. It might get to a point where it seems so good to be true that it almost feels as if someone is playing a cruel joke on us.

It’s so rare, but it’s also something that we…


Never Assume You Can Speak For Others Unless It’s Agreed Upon

It’s always been advised that one should never judge a book by a cover. Hand-in-hand with that advice is the understanding that we should not make assumptions about anything or anyone.

These pieces of advice have as much to do with leadership as they do with surveying one’s entire environment and keeping an open mind as one seeks…


Return on Time and Just Plain ROT — Look Out For Them Both!

There are two types of particular ROT. One is Return on Time (ROT) and the other is, well, rot.

Upper-case ROT and lower-case rot are each spelled in their respective ways for a reason. The former serves as an acronym for Return on Time (ROT), representing a gauge or measurement such as Return on Investment (ROI)…


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