In 2013, I Want You to Learn from the Movies

Business owners and leaders are busy people. Many of them say they do not have time to read books or articles, attend workshops or watch webinars.

My hope for 2013 is that individuals in leadership roles will take the time to combine the pleasure of watching a movie with the need to continue to learn.

Here are my top five recommendations for movies to watch about leadership and business in 2013.

“12 o’ Clock High” is the most comprehensive leadership movie I’ve seen. ...

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My unwrapped Christmas gift for you

Leading up to Christmas, business owners and leaders are not in the mood for anything but the essentials. Once the holiday passes, there is time to reflect and plan for the New Year ahead.

Here is a simple plan to start your 2013 strong; by assigning you a thought-provoking lesson for each business day in January.

If you follow the formula, when the month is over, you be a better leader and have a better organization.

Day One: Make sure your organization has ...

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Three recommendations for an effective planning session?

Through the years I have facilitated and participated in many year-end strategic planning sessions (sometimes they take place early in the year).

Many meetings of this ilk fail. Let me share with you three suggestions on how you could conduct a successful year end planning session.

The first suggestion is to be clear about what the session is for and who attends. I’ll explain using four major mistakes as examples made before the agenda is even printed.

The first mistake is that there ...

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My Christmas list for business owners and leaders

This is the time of year when children of all ages create a list for Santa. These lists consist of “wants” and “nice to haves” but not always “what’s really needed.”

This year I’ve created a list of “what’s really needed” for every owner and leader. These items are for those who are already successful and wish to maintain that success; for those that desire more success; and for those who want their employees, vendors and clients to be affiliated with ...

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People fail without clear direction, so be specific

The day after Thanksgiving I visited the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

I stopped at one of the exhibits where Reagan was quoted as saying, “Trust but verify.” At that moment I had a flashback to a meeting I participated in that took place about 20 years ago.

A group of five managers were invited to the conference room to discuss how the organization could be more efficient, more productive and reduce costs.

The group was to focus on a ...

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