Category Archives: Personal Development

How to Work With a Jerk

            From Joe Calloway:   OK – here’s my answer. It’s the answer for me and not necessarily for you. The answer is that you don’t work with a jerk. My vendors and colleagues aren’t … Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Corporate Culture, Execution, Leadership, Leading Change, Managing Change, Performance Improvement, Personal Development, Randy Pennington, Results, Trust, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Truth About Your Results

Your business, and your life are perfectly situated, organized, and operated to achieve the results you are achieving today. In short, you are exactly where you have earned the right to be.

Don’t you hate that?

Every great business and every really successful individual value candor and honesty. They relentlessly tell themselves the truth about their strengths and weaknesses. And, they are constantly on the lookout for opportunities to leverage and threats to avoid based on a legitimate assessment of reality. Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Add value, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Execution, Growing your business, Leadership, Leading Change, Performance Improvement, Personal Development, Results, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Leaders and Posers

I have stayed away from any direct public comment about the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. I don’t know the facts, and any comment would be pure conjecture. But, I do know what I’ve seen in the way … Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Add value, Ethics, Execution, Integrity, Leader, Leadership, Leadership Development, Leading Change, Personal Development, Randy Pennington, Results, Trust, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

What is a Leader’s Most Important Job?

From Larry Winget: A leaders most important job: To lead. Duh. How do you lead? Not from behind, that’s for sure. Leaders have to get out in front with their ideas, vision, energy and presence. As I watch movies and … Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Add value, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Corporate Culture, Execution, Growing your business, Innovation, Larry Winget, Leadership, Leadership Development, Leading Change, Managing Change, Performance Improvement, Personal Development, Randy Pennington, Results, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Break the S-R Loop to Make Change Work

We taught mice and pigeons to do all sorts of interesting things during my graduate school class in behavioral psychology. The principle is simple: provide a stimulus and elicit a response. The stimulus-response cycle still plays an important role in animal training today. And, it is evident in virtually every routine action we take.

You don’t think about your response; you just make it. And at some point, it becomes automatic. On most days, those automatic responses are benign routines that allow you to effectively navigate.

Unfortunately, they can also become anchors that prevent you from making a change that will transform your business and your life.
Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Add value, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Corporate Culture, Execution, Growing your business, Innovation, Integrity, Leadership, Leading Change, Managing Change, Personal Development, Resonate, Results, Trust, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Focus on What Truly Matters

These days it seems that we’re all so busy, overcommitted, and information-obsessed. Our never-ending to-do lists are long and we run around trying to “keep up” or “be important,” and in the process stress ourselves out. Unfortunately, it often takes something bad to happen to slow us down, wake us up, and force us to focus on what truly matters most in life. Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Add value, Communication, Decision Making, Execution, Integrity, Leader, Leadership, Leadership Development, Leading Change, Managing Change, Personal Development, Results, Trust, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Generating Urgency: What’s Keeping You from Changing?

The willingness and urgency to change are based on emotional readiness not intellectual understanding.

If intellectual understanding – knowing what we should do – was all it took to change, the gap between realizing we need to do something different and the work of implementing that change would be non-existent. But that’s not how it works. Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Add value, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Corporate Culture, Execution, Growing your business, Leadership, Leading Change, Managing Change, Performance Improvement, Personal Development, Results, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Motivational Prescription for Failure

I saw this quote by David Frost posted on Twitter: “Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will naturally come.”

It sounds great, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, it is not true. Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Business Growth, Business Speech, Execution, Growing your business, Larry Winget, Leadership, Leading Change, Performance Improvement, Personal Development, Randy Pennington, Results, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

You Can’t Lead if You Can’t Develop

There are three realities in leadership: Leaders are defined by their results. The act of leadership is about the ability to influence others to accomplish the desired result. You will never succeed at your first two responsibilities if you can’t … Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Add value, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Corporate Culture, Employee Retention, Employee Turnover, Execution, Growing your business, Leader, Leadership, Leadership Development, Leading Change, Managing Change, Performance Improvement, Personal Development, Randy Pennington, Results, Trust, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Why Most of Us Won’t Achieve Our New Year’s Resolutions

Most of the talk about New Year’s Resolutions is just that – talk. Despite all of our good intentions, most of us won’t achieve our goals for the year. Research released by the University of Scranton Psychology Department reports that only 8 percent of Americans are regularly successful in achieving their resolution. 49 percent achieve occasional success, and 24 percent are never successful. So in other words, the odds are stacked against you even if you set a goal for the New Year Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Decision Making, Execution, Leader, Leadership, Leading Change, Managing Change, New Year's Resolutions, Performance Improvement, Personal Development, Randy Pennington, Results, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off