Tag Archives: Excuses
My friend Larry Winget (www.LarryWinget.com), blew up his Facebook following last week when he posted this comment:
“If your life sucks, it’s because you suck!”
A number of people missed Larry’s point. Your life isn’t defined by your circumstances unless you allow it. There are many people – like my friends W. Mitchell and Chad Hymas – who have refused to allow tragic circumstances that were not their fault define their lives. And, there are others whose lives have spiraled out of control despite living in ideal circumstances.
Circumstances can make it easier or more difficult to succeed. They can define your environment. But ultimately, the choice to be personally responsible and accountable is more important than your circumstances.
It is time to stop thinking about new management initiatives and start embracing leadership principles. Programs and initiatives come and go. Principles never end.
There is only one leadership principle you will ever need if your goal is a culture where everyone is committed to consistent results, strong working relationships, and volunteered accountability. Continue reading
What if the unemployment rate is the wrong measure?
The U.S. economy added 243,000 jobs in January 2012, and the unemployment rate dropped from 8.5 percent to 8.3 percent.
That’s huge, and everyone should be excited regardless of their political affiliation. This is the type of employment gain that solidifies the economic recovery.
But, what if the right number turns out to be the wrong measure? Continue reading
Once in a while someone comes along with the unique ability to blend life’s circumstance with solid business advice. And in the case of Chad Hymas, he’s also an incredibly good person.
As you are about to find out, there is much to learn from Chad.
Two months and counting. Truthfully, did you believe that the Occupy movement would have lasted this long?
Protests happen all the time in this country. Travel to Washington, DC on virtually any day and you will see some group making their presence felt and beliefs known. The freedom to assemble and communicate your opinion is a sacred right in our country that was founded on a protest movement.
And yet, we haven’t seen a movement like since … last year if you understand that the Occupy movement – while different in its goals – was born out of a frustration that shares striking similarities to the Tea Party.
So what can leaders learn from a movement that has captured the news and proven to be more than just a group of people gathering to share their dissatisfaction? Here are four lessons:
Would you pay two hours of your life for a bus ride? Would you choose to sleep late if you had less than one day to live? Would you work harder to deliver results if it added extra time to … Continue reading
“Culture” is becoming the catch word for virtually every new business book, training program, or speech.
There are people out there who want to help you develop a culture of accountability, service, innovation, celebration, learning, listening, sustainability, trust, recognition, teamwork, engagement, and change.
The only culture that matters is the one that helps you and your organization achieve your desired results. Continue reading
The reality of today’s market-driven world is brutal. We are all better at some things than others. Most of us are actually excellent – or at least better than average – at some aspects of our business or personal performance. And, that doesn’t matter unless what we do well adds value to the customer. Continue reading
What separates the marketplace heroes in every industry from the has-beens and wanna-bes?
It can’t be just products, services, or price. Your competitors don’t hire all geniuses and leave you with the dunces. Their computer systems, compensation, and operational processes are not dramatically better than yours. When they discuss strategy, the words on their flip charts are not significantly more insightful than yours.
The difference is an intangible. It is a culture where every person at every level is focused on and committed to delivering results that are critical for success. Continue reading
Remember the definition of insanity: Doing what you have always done and expecting to get different results?
That truth has never been more relevant than today, and yet we are all guilty of failing to heed a piece of wisdom that would help us deliver amazing results.
Mark Sanborn has written an excellent new book titled Up, Down, or Sideways. In it, he devotes a chapter to what prevents us from doing what needs to be done to achieve results. I asked him to share his key observations in this this blog.