Makarios Consulting Blog

Go to the Danger Zone

The scene is the conference room. The actors are the leadership team members of the business. You are there, sitting at the table. You have hard problems to solve – perhaps customer-related, perhaps product-oriented, perhaps financial, perhaps strategic. You have a decision to face: will you tackle the really tough problems that are facing you? … Continue reading Go to the Danger Zone

What Do You Really Value?

As a leader, what are your core values? Have you ever spent time sitting down and defining the core values you live out of every day? If the answer is “no,” the odds are that your behavior isn’t as consistent as it could be … and if your behavior isn’t consistent, neither will be the … Continue reading What Do You Really Value?

Your First Commitment Is to Your First Team

An organization’s top executives usually sit on two teams. They are members of the company leadership team, but they are also leaders of their department teams. So, as you circle the conference table, you find the people in charge of Business Development, Finance, Operations, IT, Sales, Manufacturing, and so forth. This is all well and … Continue reading Your First Commitment Is to Your First Team

Don’t Confuse Work with Accountability

If two or more people are working on a project, who is accountable for ensuring that tasks are accomplished and goals are met? (Hint: the answer is not “everyone”!) We have often found in our consulting that people confuse “working on a project” with “being accountable for the project.” For instance, a client may say … Continue reading Don’t Confuse Work with Accountability

Where Are You on the “Leading on Purpose” Bell Curve?

In the fifteen years that we have been providing The Complete Leader training program, we have discovered something: the traditional bell curve applies when it comes to how purposeful people are in their pursuit of leadership development. And, in a 1:1 correspondence, the bell curve also applies to how successful those same people are as … Continue reading Where Are You on the “Leading on Purpose” Bell Curve?

4 Steps to Getting Your Team Onboard with New Processes

Entrepreneurial businesses are fueled by innovation and exploration. Their beginning stages are often characterized by rapid decision-making to capitalize on opportunities, quick adjustments to meet customer needs, and individualized approaches to getting work done. But at some point, the leadership team in such an entrepreneurial company realizes that they need to firm up operational processes … Continue reading 4 Steps to Getting Your Team Onboard with New Processes