The other day I was out on the lake, canoeing. It was sunny so I was wearing dark sunglasses. As the sun started to go down, I was amazed at how beautiful and red the sunset was. So I stopped and took off my sunglasses to get a good look. But without my sunglasses, the … Continue reading What color are your lenses?
Ah…the dreaded Monday morning leadership team meeting looms each week as something most people hate. No one can blame them. Most of these meetings consist of discussions of the same problems that have limited progress for many months or even years. But it’s generally not the problems themselves that limit growth, but the meetings. Our … Continue reading Meetings Stink!
I recently finished reading Paul Ingrassia’s Crash Course: The American Automobile Industry’s Road from Glory to Disaster and was struck by this passage: In late January , [CEO] Bill Ford announced a corporate overhaul called “The Way Forward,” under which Ford would close factories and shed tens of thousands of employees, both salaried and hourly. … Continue reading Keeping Strategy Off Culture’s Menu
“I’m running so fast in my business that I am exhausted…but I don’t feel I am really making much progress.” That’s a pretty common complaint from the business owners we work with every week. Virtually all of them have a tough time keeping pace with their customers’ needs, changes in their markets, competitive threats, and … Continue reading Simplify and Clarify to Improve your Execution
I am amazed at the number of leadership lessons I run into while I am getting my monthly hair cut, of all places! Visits to the local hair salon have produced wonderful examples of how leaders should and should not behave as they attempt to get the most out of their people. During a recent … Continue reading Leadership Lessons from the Hair Salon – Part I