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….. Continue reading
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.
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. Continue reading
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.