Recognizing Your Bad Apples

Years ago I joined a company, reporting to one of the vice presidents. It quickly reached the conclusion that he was a terrific interviewer and externally, he represented the company well.

He had a “Jekyll and Hyde” personality. Outside of work, he was funny, charming and friendly. At work he was selfish, lazy and uncommunicative. He was a lousy leader, manager and supervisor.

Later I came to the conclusion that there is almost always someone on every management team like my former ...

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Why you need A Players

One popular leadership training exercise is called “Mission to Mars.”

CEOS are told to select from their company not more than five passengers to accompany them on a rocket going to Mars.

There are three criteria. First, every individual must have high creditability with their peers. Second, they must be the most competent in their roles at work. Third, they must have a gut-level understanding of the core values of the company.

A decision of this kind is hard. There are plenty of ...

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Your Main Thing Can Drive Success

Churchill, in the darkest days of the British Empire, stated simply “We Will Never, Never, Never Give Up” giving hope to hundreds of millions fighting around the world.

Lincoln, as he took his oath of office as president in early 1861, told a divided nation that it was the intention of his administration to “hold, occupy, and possess” Federal property in the states of the seceded South. Those words unified the North and left no doubt as to Lincoln’s aim and ...

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Lessons learned from WWII veteran Dick Winters

Lebanon_Dick-Winters-cropIt’s been 72 years since the Battle of the Bugle, the last significant engagement of opposing ground forces in Europe in WWII.

What is most remembered about this specific battle was General McAuliffe’s message to the German Commander who had demanded the surrender of the American troops defending the surrounded town of Bastogne. McAuliffe responded with “NUTS!”

According to Stephan Ambrose, author of the book Band ...

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A New Year; a New Mindset

order 75652 raw2017 is here.

It’s time to review, renew and refresh not just how your business is doing but how business is being done. Here are six critical areas to consider.

First, clarify what business your company is in. Railroads used to be in the transportation business. Now, with the exception of Amtrak, they move freight.

Walgreens was once a drug store. It has morphed into ...

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