Have you ever personally had to fire someone?

Our reader poll today asks: Have you ever personally had to fire someone or lay someone off? – Yes. I’ve done it many times: 49% – Yes. I’ve done it at least once: 39% – No. I’ve never been in that position: 10% – No, but I should have done so once and regret not […]

The Importance of Remembering How to be a Team Member

I was very lucky to be reminded lately of what it’s like to be a team member instead of being a team leader.  It was fun, refreshing, and insightful.  Too many times as leaders, we forget what it’s like to be led instead of doing the leading. I tried to achieve some balance in my […]

How You can be a Predictive Leader

Today’s post is by Kirk Dando, author of Predictive Leadership (CLICK HERE to get your copy). If only you had seen this coming… Your business keeps you energized and on your toes. You’ve been enjoying uninterrupted growth, and are now being recognized by peers and competitors in your industry. You’re expanding into new markets, introducing […]

The Strategic Value of Saying No

Repeat after me: “No.” Try it again. This time with conviction: “NO.” Strategy is inherently about saying “no.” It’s about the choices we make and the choices we don’t. I’ve seen plenty of strategies completely derailed due to an inability to say “no” to that incremental initiative that’s kind of “on strategy” but not really. […]

Victory through Successful Networking

Today’s post is by David Bradford, author of UP YOUR GAME: 6 Timeless Principles for Networking Your Way to the Top (CLICK HERE to get your copy). The story is told of two woodcutters who decided to compete against one another to see which of them could cut down more trees in an eight-hour period […]

How to Find Your Internal Motivation in Difficult Times

As leaders, we’re always going to go through difficult times. When we were more junior we had other people to pick us up when we fell down. As a kid it was a parent or a coach who would dust us off and say “Get back out there.” We’ve had bosses who have been helpful […]

Driving Strategic Change by Focusing on Fundamentals

Today’s post is by James M. Kerr, author of The Executive Checklist – A Guide to Setting Direction and Managing Change (CLICK HERE to get your copy). How does a company position itself to respond to the changes that the era of business globalization holds in store? Certainly, we can attempt to define the next […]

5 Phrases that Make You Sound Ridiculous

“At the end of the day…” You sound ridiculous.  You just don’t know it. Word choice matters.  We spend countless hours in meetings with colleagues discussing big, important ideas.  We write hundreds of documents making our case for one initiative or another.  We write thousands of emails.  We give dozens of presentations.  And you know […]

Tuning Up Your Strategy so the Wheels Don’t Fall Off

Today’s post is by Rich Horwath, author of Elevate: The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking (CLICK HERE to get your copy). We’ve all heard the phrase, “The wheels came off,” to describe a situation where things went bad. Meetings, projects and even relationships all have the potential for “the wheels to come off.” Ironically, […]

Business Execution Lessons from the Kitchen

Today’s post is by Patrick Stroh, author of Business Strategy; Plan, Execute, Win! (CLICK HERE to get your copy). After 20 plus years of life in corporate America, it was time for a bit of a sabbatical. Or maybe better said, it was time to knock some stuff off my bucket list. You know, that […]