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February 2010

Real World Decisions - When You Know You Need to Make a People Change

It’s usually not an easy decision to release an employee. This past week three of my clients decided to release members of their staff. One employee had been with his business for over four years, while the other decisions were employees who just recently started. ... More > >

Posted: Saturday February 27th, 2010

Subordinates Failure – Management’s Responsibility

A comment from the book The Set-Up-to-Fail Syndrome: How Good Managers Cause Great People to Fail made me recognize management is more responsible for subordinates’ failure than we may have admitted to in the past.  “We would argue that the overwhelming majority of perceived weaker... More > >

Posted: Friday February 19th, 2010   Updated: 8/9/2011

Why Subordinates Fail

When I planned to write on this subject after my last blog More Questions to Get the Monkey Off Your Back I had thought this would be a simple blog on measures to assure that the people we manage don’t fail. In doing research for this blog I came upon a book, Set-up-to-fail Syndrome: Overcoming... More > >

Posted: Thursday February 18th, 2010

More Questions to Get the Monkey Off Your Back

Napoleon Bonaparte is considered one of the world’s greatest leaders on the battlefield. One would argue that in today’s business world often decisions and issues need to be resolved in a climate as tension filled, congested and heated as a battle. Fortunately no one gets killed, although... More > >

Posted: Friday February 12th, 2010

Getting Your People to Solve Challenges – Get the Monkey Off Your Back

Last blog we discussed The Problem with being the Chief Problem Solver. If you feel that this is not the case for you or the people you manage please pick up a copy of Harvard Business Review’s Habits of Highly Effective Managers and find out why only 10% of managers are really doing their... More > >

Posted: Friday February 12th, 2010

The Problem with being the Chief Problem Solver

As a manager, leader or owner of your company do you find yourself asking these questions?

How do I get my people to become more self-motivated and self-driven?
How do I get them to be more accountable?

This weekend I listened to a podcast from The Sales Buzz that author Keith... More > >

Posted: Tuesday February 9th, 2010

Failure to Execute – Leadership’s Inability to Achieve Strategic Priorities

A recent blog I read “Why is Executing Strategy So Hard?” indicated that of 70-90% of business strategies fail. 
Why do so many businesses strategies fail? The reasons are many, yet you will be surprised to discover that the greatest majority of these are internal reasons and not... More > >

Posted: Monday February 8th, 2010   Updated: 8/9/2011

Unsportsmanlike Conduct – Doing Your Best

Just finished reading Aubrey Daniels’ blog How The Mighty Fall. It has nothing to do with Jim Collins book by the same name, however it might give you pause the next time you feel a sports team is running up the score on an opponent.... More > >

Posted: Thursday February 4th, 2010

The Greatest Hurt – Being Ignored

I loved someone very deeply.   I cared about her, asked her to marry me and she accepted!  Shortly thereafter she rejected me. I was heartbroken! Not only did she reject me she ignored me. While it is 15 years ago since this occurred if I think about it, the painful memory of it still... More > >

Posted: Wednesday February 3rd, 2010

People or Systems Cont. - What’s Your Strategy?

You’ve just become the coach of an expansion team, and you’re talent pool includes cast-offs from the other NFL teams that no one really wants. Included is a quarterback who has never completed more than 50% of his passes and is perhaps known more for his running ability than his passing... More > >

Posted: Tuesday February 2nd, 2010