Monday Quick Tip ~ Don’t Take the Blame

“A poor workman always blames his tools.” As leaders we are in the business of making others successful.  I had a boss at General Electric who used to say, “Your success is my success.” His words were backed up by a commitment to meet with me regularly, coach me, guide me and make sure IContinue reading “Monday Quick Tip ~ Don’t Take the Blame”

Monday Quick Tip ~ Focus on Mastery

“They are a Jack of all trades, but master of none.” This phrase has been used in a derogatory way to describe a person who is scattered and undisciplined.  We all know people who are so sidetracked they can’t get anything done.  Focus eludes them.  They are driven by distraction. We know others who are overworkedContinue reading “Monday Quick Tip ~ Focus on Mastery”

Monday Quick Tip ~ Admit When You Don’t Know it All

Experience keeps a dear school, yet fools learn in no other. – Benjamin Franklin In almost every leadership position we hold there is a honeymoon period that allows us to get settled in and learn the lay of the land.  Very soon reality sets in and we realize there are challenges that are rising toContinue reading “Monday Quick Tip ~ Admit When You Don’t Know it All”

Monday Quick Tip ~ The One Who Laughs Lasts

Laughter is the best medicine Have you ever been a cranky leader? I have on too many occasions.  I’m currently going through a very busy season that only promises to get busier in the coming weeks.  I find myself with a bad attitude that is in need of some serious adjustment.  Here are some signsContinue reading “Monday Quick Tip ~ The One Who Laughs Lasts”

Monday Quick Tip ~ Flattery Will Get You Nowhere

As leaders we want to be liked.  We want people to follow us and have fun doing it.  But one of the perils of leadership is to be so emotionally needy of the adulation of our followers that we compromise our identity. We have people on our teams who will praise us excessively to theContinue reading “Monday Quick Tip ~ Flattery Will Get You Nowhere”

Monday Quick Tip ~ Live the Golden Rule

Do unto others, what you would have them do unto you – Jesus I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ― Maya Angelou This quote from Maya Angelou has been running through my head a lot lately. Continue reading “Monday Quick Tip ~ Live the Golden Rule”

Monday Quick Tip ~ Shake and Stir for Best Results

A rolling stone gathers no moss. – Publilius Syrus, 1st century writer of Latin maxims In the organization I lead, we’ve been going through a time of assessment and transition.  My days have been filled with charts and graphs of income and expenditures. In my research, I’ve discovered the health of the organization is notContinue reading “Monday Quick Tip ~ Shake and Stir for Best Results”

Monday Quick Tip ~ Get Lucky by Working Hard

Diligence is the mother of good fortune. Very few people are lucky in the purest sense of the word.  It is possible, but extremely rare, that infrequent lottery ticket buyers hit it big. Most of the time we create our own “luck.” I know people who win big at sweepstakes and to the outside observerContinue reading “Monday Quick Tip ~ Get Lucky by Working Hard”

Monday Quick Tip ~ Take Stock of What Matters

There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven…  A time to plant and a time to uproot.  Ecclesiastes 3:1, 2b My current leadership responsibilities include helping the organization I lead to take stock of how it is doing in light of the current reality.  To do that, we areContinue reading “Monday Quick Tip ~ Take Stock of What Matters”

Monday Quick Tip ~ Take Down Your Worst Enemy

We have met the enemy and he is us. – Pogo, comic book character In a recent post I talked about “stinking thinking” that we can fall prey to in our role as leaders.  (Read it here.)  The same phenomenon also happens in our self-leadership.  Self-doubt can grip us in its scaly tentacles and weContinue reading “Monday Quick Tip ~ Take Down Your Worst Enemy”

Monday Quick Tip ~ We Are What We Think

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature. ~ Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor & Philosopher Our life is what our thoughts make it ~ Marcus Aurelius It’s true that garbage in leads to garbageContinue reading “Monday Quick Tip ~ We Are What We Think”

Monday Quick Tip ~ Help Team Members Get Over Their Mistakes

The burnt child dreads the fire – Greek Proverb On a beautiful sunny summer day at southern California’s Coronado Beach, I was enjoying people watching near the water.  The idyllic scene was pierced by the sharp cry of a 5 year old girl.  She was walking along some rocks, slipped and cut her toe.  SheContinue reading “Monday Quick Tip ~ Help Team Members Get Over Their Mistakes”

Monday Quick Tip ~ Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth

This week we’re celebrating another Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.  An attitude of gratitude is a positive leadership quality, not just during this week, but every week of the year. Gratitude attracts, entitlement repels. “Gift horses” come our way regularly if we have eyes to see them.  The phrase “gift horse” refers to beingContinue reading “Monday Quick Tip ~ Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth”

Monday Quick Tip ~ Don’t Become a Dull Person

Fans of writer Stephen King will remember one of his main characters in The Shining repeatedly typing the phrase, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”  It’s a phrase that serves as a good reminder to us in our “get to work” world. We struggle with “work-life” balance as leaders.  The peopleContinue reading “Monday Quick Tip ~ Don’t Become a Dull Person”

Monday Quick Tip ~ Silence is Golden

“Silence is golden and I want to be rich” was my teacher’s way of getting us 2nd graders to be quiet and listen.  The phrase, “silence is golden” has been around for centuries. Wise leaders know when to speak up and when to give their tongues a rest.  It is no secret that our mouthContinue reading “Monday Quick Tip ~ Silence is Golden”