Seasoned leaders know the importance of balance. But finding the right balance doesn’t mean moderation in all things. Rather it means being versatile and flexible. It means using the appropriate mix of various ingredients to help people grow and blossom. Great leaders have the wisdom to know what actions are needed and necessary to achieve […]
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Leaders focus on change. They see possibilities. They are optimistic and willing to take risks to achieve something better. Leaders have the courage and confidence to speak up for what’s right and needed. Their tremendous drive and determination allow them to see their visions become reality. They inspire us to change and achieve bigger goals.
Over the past twenty years I have collected and analyzed many of the quotes leaders post on their office walls or keep on their desks. Many of these quotes are the guiding principle they followed to achieve success. Here are my top 15.
Implementation is where the rubber meets the road. Implementing change requires strong leadership and perseverance to make it happen. When implementing any major change, it is important to understand the following roles, and these seven important aspects of the project plan.
Implementing a major organizational change is hard work. The senior leader who’s sponsoring the change must understand the roles and responsibilities of the support group, the project manager as well as his/her own role in making the change happen. Leaders not only challenge the status quo they take steps to achieve a better future.
Having a highly motivated workforce is critical to compete in today’s marketplace. Managers need to provide an environment that triggers motivated behavior. Pay attention to what’s important to the person. As Will Rodgers said, “When you go fishing, you bait the hook not with what you like, but with what the fish likes.”
Customers have lots of choices. If I don’t get what I want or like the way I was treated at one restaurant or store, I simply don’t return. I find the restaurant that will happily give me a half sandwich. And I keep going back to that store/restaurant because I know they’ll take care of […]
Like a good doctor, managers must diagnose the situation before deciding what management style to use. Using the appropriate management style provides employees with the direction, involvement, support or freedom they need to be successful.
Pursuing what’s possible requires change. Leaders help people and organizations make changes to achieve the desired vision. This article describes some important aspects of implementing change.
More and more work is being done by teams. The ability to build effective teams is a critical leadership skill. Team leaders have to focus both on the task to be accomplished and how team members are working together. Team leaders must use the appropriate management style to help the team consistently achieve its best […]