Know what business you are in!

Not every business owner, or manager, truly understands what business they are in.  They all think they do – but more often than you might suspect, they are wrong.  And as you can imagine – this leads to sub-optimal business decisions.

I learned this early in my professional career.  I started university straight out of high school in 1979 – and by the end of 1980 I sent my resume, along with the my willingness to accept a ludicrously high salary if employed – to every firm listed under accounting in the Orlando Florida yellow pages.   I actually got a job – though not the ludicrously high salary – but with many incredibly valuable lessons and insights.  Let me tell you a story….. More »

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Leadership worth following – a recommendation

I’ve had some requests recently to post more on my blog about leadership – and I will.  I have a number of draft ideas almost ready to share.  But in the mean-time, let me recommend Cory Godwin’s Blog – iLEAD/iSERVE, as well as the youtube channel ILEADISERVE TV.

Cory is a lot more prolific in his sharing of ideas – and at root, his belief seems to equate leadership with service – which over the years I have learned believe myself.  So … if leadership is your thing – head on over to iLEAD/iSERVE.  And if something you read there really speaks to you … share …here and elsewhere.  I love to learn what speaks to others.

GK

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The one list that everyone needs

As I write this the year 2015 is fast approaching.  Many people will make a list of New Years resolutions, and a large portion of those will break them.  I recommend for your best year ever, just make one list – and look at it regularly throughout the year.  It’s what I like to think of as a magic list. More »

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On the drive to work this morning I was listening to a TED Radio Hour podcast titled Courage.  During the show the first speaker, Margaret Heffernan said:

“Culture is the accumulation of everyone’s actions.”

While I’ve read many definitions of culture – this one spoke to me – this one is actionable.  It says that my actions contribute to the culture of my organization.

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