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Leading a Small Business vs. Large Organization

Leading a Small Business vs. Large Organization

I learned my leadership very early in my career.  In fact, I learned even before my career began. My leadership training came while I was in Air Force ROTC in college.  From there I spent 7 1/2 years applying what I learned in the best organization you can practice leadership – the United States military!  ... Read More
 
A Few Simple Things Bring Business Success

A Few Simple Things Bring Business Success

Business success doesn’t just happen. It’s a takes a lot of hard work. But, that hard work needs to be focused like a laser on what success means to you. Once you know what it looks like, it becomes a passion, a force more powerful than anything you can imagine helping you accomplish things you ... Read More
 
Slaying the Big Hairy Monster

Slaying the Big Hairy Monster

As human beings there is one thing that we all struggle with – fear.  No matter how big or strong you are we all have some deep seated fear that influences us in some way.  Our maturation and success as a human is directly related to our ability to understand the form which our “big ... Read More
 
How Does Accountability Impact Business Execution

How Does Accountability Impact Business Execution

Accountability was 1 of the 10 items mentioned in the previous post titled Business Execution – 10 Things Make You More Effective.  But why is accountability important to business execution? According to Webster’s Dictionary, accountability is defined as “an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.” In the post, accountability was ... Read More
 
Why Business Execution is Critical to Successful Business Growth

Why Business Execution is Critical to Successful Business Growth

Businesses plan for growth all the time.  The difference between the successful ones is that they executed the plan!  It seems kind of simple.  But, how many times have you planned something and then never followed through?  Business execution is just a fancy word for “follow through.” Business execution takes commitment and discipline.  So does ... Read More
 
Why Passion is Critical for Business Success

Why Passion is Critical for Business Success

This week I figured I would talk a little bit about the first step in the strategic planning process – defining your passion.  A while back I wrote a posted titled Why So Many Small Business Owners are Unhappy where I made an observation of why small business owners get dissatisfied by life and business. ... Read More
 

Does Good Leadership Meet Needs?

A few weeks back in my article title Answering the Hard Questions About Leadership, I asked the question “what is the nature of leadership?”  I received several dozen responses to the question via a variety of social media channels. It was more than I expected.  Most seemed to agree with my belief, good leadership is ... Read More
 
Answering the Hard Questions about Leadership

Answering the Hard Questions about Leadership

In my post last week titled Why Leadership is Critical to Business Growth I mentioned my recent reading of James Hunter’s book The Servant.  He makes some interesting statements in the book as he leads you toward what he believes is leadership. I am interested to hear how you feel about some of these positions. ... Read More
 
Why Leadership is Critical to Business Growth

Why Leadership is Critical to Business Growth

A few weeks ago in a presentation a local business leader whom I very much respect suggested a book that I had not heard of before on leadership – The Servant by James Hunter.  So I wrote it down in my Evernote and looked it up over the weekend.  He said it was a quick ... Read More
 
Do You Have the Courage to be the Leader Your Business Needs?

Do You Have the Courage to be the Leader Your Business Needs?

With the passing of Stephen Covey, of 7 Habits of Effective People fame, I have been in deep thought about the impact self-improvement has on leadership and business growth.  I was an early advocate of Covey’s model, as I felt it simplified a very complex problem we all have – in what order do we ... Read More