Category Archives: Personal Success

Empathy – A Crucial Leadership Skill

Henry Ford said it well: If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own. This … Continue reading

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Getting Things Done

A crucial success factor for business leaders is getting the right things done. Visionary leadership, brilliant strategy formation, and outstanding man-management are all for nothing if we cannot execute and get done what we need to get done. I offer … Continue reading

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Clarity

With so much going on in our companies today, our employees have a large number of competing priorities as they do their daily tasks. What is most important? What should they focus on first?

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The 4 Innate Qualities of Great Employees

With title inflation, clever wordsmithing, and self-marketing campaigns, every employee or potential employee appears to be a great employee. However, we all know the truth; few people are stars. In order to differentiate people and find the gem, seek out … Continue reading

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The Leadership Machine – Developing Skills for Your Leaders and Executives

In their book, The Leadership Machine (Architecture to Develop Leaders For Any Future), Michael W. Lombard and Robert W. Eichinger discuss ways to build leaders and develop leadership competencies (skills) in any company. Although the book is a bit too … Continue reading

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The “Hard Work” Myth

A few months ago, there was a lot of discussion and a bit of vitriol about Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, and her habit of leaving the office at 5:30 pm in order to have dinner with her family. … Continue reading

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Lady Luck Always Has Her Day

Whether we like it or not, a good deal of what happens to us in our lives, our careers and our businesses comes down to luck and fortunate timing. The chance meeting with someone that led to a job and … Continue reading

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The Oz Principle – Be Accountable, Be Responsible, Be Answerable

In their book, The Oz Principle – Getting Results Through Individual and Organizational Accountability, Roger Connors, Tom Smith and Craig Hickman discuss the pervasive lack of accountability in the corporate world. Dirty Little Secret The dirty little secret is that … Continue reading

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To Get Things Done, We Need More Meetings…With Ourselves

The majority of businesspeople are drowning in meetings – staff meetings, review meetings, planning meetings, etc…. The majority of businesspeople are inundated with distractions – colleagues stopping by open offices, a tidal wave of E-Mail, the allure of Facebook and … Continue reading

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Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength – A Critical Book to Help You Realize Your Business and Personal Success

In their excellent book, Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney discuss the importance of willpower in ensuring that you get done what you need to get done and thus achieve your goals. Please use … Continue reading

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The Essential Drucker: Insights from the Original Management Guru

The Essential Drucker: The Best of Sixty Years of Peter Drucker’s Essential Writings on Management is an indispensable read to help you enhance your business leadership and improve your business. What makes it particularly interesting is that much of it … Continue reading

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Stephen Covey’s “Habits” Books – Still Valuable After All These Years

Stephen R. Covey is justifiably famous for his books on business and personal success. In this blog, I briefly summarize two of his best and most relevant books for moving you and your company forward. The 7 Habits of Highly … Continue reading

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‘Tis a Gift to Be Simple

In a previous blog (Why is Business So Complex?), I highlighted the factors that drive business leaders and businesses towards greater and greater complexity and more and more work. Yes, business is complex. And that complexity cannot be ignored. But, … Continue reading

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It is Better to Be Good in Fact than Great in Fiction

This is my 100th blog post in my blog “Helping Leaders Win.” If I had to sum up one line that describes my approach to business success and “winning leadership” over the previous 99 posts, it would be the title … Continue reading

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How to ‘Do What You Say’ and Distinguish Yourself from Everyone Else

A fundamental for business relationships and business success is to do what you say you are going to do. ‘Doing what you’ say builds trust and confidence that you are reliable, dependable, and will live up to your commitments and … Continue reading

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The Most Seductive and Dangerous Mistake Smart Leaders Make

Business leaders are on the firing line, making it happen, and trying to realize ever more difficult goals. Far too often, for every one step forward, they take one, two or three steps backwards by making that most seductive and … Continue reading

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Go Home!!! Work Fewer Hours and Get Better Results

Business leaders pride themselves on working hard, putting in the long hours required to achieve success. Paradoxically, the extra hours many of us put in may actually hinder our effectiveness and the performance of our companies. In short, working fewer … Continue reading

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Speed – A Key Element of Business Success

“The secret to success lies in careful preparation followed by speedy and decisive execution.”  Napoleon In successfully executing on your business goals, speed matters. The quicker that you complete a task, the sooner you can get on to the next … Continue reading

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Minimize Distractions for Better Results

In business today, the opportunity for distraction is endless.  This includes all the distractions of the urgent but unimportant that range from meetings to E-Mail to Internet surfing.  Due to these distractions and constant interruptions, employees and companies often do not … Continue reading

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6 Ways A Leader Wins by Doing Nothing

“Just Do it” “Make it happen” “Be a Doer” So much of leadership is about getting things done and accomplishing goals. As such, business leaders are often fixated by activity, motion, and action. The more that is done the better. … Continue reading

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