Archive for November, 2010

Manage Your Priorities to Be More Effective

Monday, November 29th, 2010

[This post is excerpted from our new ebook, ROADMAPP]

The highest priority when discussing Priorities is recognizing that there’s not much to say about prioritizing. But what there is to say is important.

Inevitably, as you execute your business plan, you will find yourself overcommitted. Unexpected crises will demand attention. What looked simple will turn complicated. You will unexpectedly discover that your perfect money machine has too many moving parts, and you can’t keep them all oiled. You, the master juggler, will suddenly find there are too many balls in the air.

How to get back in control? If you can’t grow more hands, which balls should be dropped? Read the rest of this entry »

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Why I’m Thankful to Work in Business

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Before carving the turkey, I’d like to pause and appreciate. Why I’m grateful to advise business leaders:

  • There’s always something to learn. Every business is unique, facing unique challenges. Cookie-cutter solutions rarely work because they don’t celebrate uniqueness. Uniqueness always gives me opportunities to learn, grow, get better, be challenged…
  • My experience is always relevant. The other side of bullet one is that all businesses share many commonalities. Having acquired 30 years of business experience, I can always find ideas or insights that are relevant. It feels good to add value.
  • Business is a discipline for self development. It’s not like there is a border where work ends and life begins. They are completely mingled. By approaching business with the mindset of self development, it can be a marvelous yoga or meditation. Everyday it confronts me with opportunities to become a better person.
  • Business lets me serve. I enjoy my life, but that’s not enough. I want to leave this world a better place. Business is my vehicle.

Make sense?

Why are you grateful? How does business help you on your path?
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Happy Thanksgiving

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

We generally publish new posts every Monday and Wednesday. This week, we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving with family. We wish you a Thanksgiving Day filled with gratitude for the year that was, and a year of gratitude for the day that is.

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How Can Leaders Manage the Unforeseeable?

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

[The following is excerpted from our new ebook, ROADMAPP]

Great leaders have a bias towards Action. They plot their course, set their sails, and point their helm at their destination. They strike a noble pose, appearing to all as masters of their fate.

Except that even the best sailors get blown off course with great regularity.

The Bad News: No matter how good your preparation and decision making, plans never, ever, ever go according to plan. Build your plan knowing that something else will happen.

The Good News: You can correct your course. Read the rest of this entry »

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Micro-Managing? 5 Steps to Stopping

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Many managers got to their positions by being very good at a particular function. Not surprisingly, they want to be deeply involved in their subordinates’ projects – after all, the manager has been doing it longer and more successfully. Almost always, he has a better idea and doesn’t hesitate to share it. Unfortunately, this is often counterproductive. Subordinates feel stripped of ownership, become demotivated, and perform poorly.

Fortunately, you can reprogram yourself to stop micro-managing. Here’s a straightforward 5 step process that will wean you from your bad habit and help liberate your team’s potential…without abdicating your responsibility to get great results. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why You DON’T Need a Business Coach

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Coaching was only recognized as a helping discipline in the ‘80s, but has already become a global phenomenon. Where once the noun coach had little relevance outside of sports, there are now life coaches, business coaches, executive coaches, career coaches, spirituality coaches, study coaches…professionals whose profession is helping others to excel.

I pursued training as a coach for entrepreneurs and executives primarily from a desire to become better at one of the core competencies of business leadership – nurturing subordinates’ potential. I had benefitted from some outstanding coaching during my career, but also encountered some awesomely incompetent coaches; I was determined to give better and more consistently than I had received.

To my surprise, my journey through the world of coaching has led me to conclude that coaching as taught by major schools such as CTI, Newfield, College for Executive Coaching, and others, is a flawed model. Read the rest of this entry »

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Making Useful Business Models

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Economists, consultants, theoretical physicists, and many others in the thought leadership business couldn’t function without models. Models facilitate communication by simplifying the complex. But is there a model of making models?

Here is a simple 4-part model for modeling. Read the rest of this entry »

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