We all have a few harmless bad habits in our personal life, but when we let bad habits develop in business it means trouble. Unfortunately, I have seen many leaders develop bad leadership habits. Here are 4 of the most common bad leadership habits and how to break them.
Let’s be clear. I HATE meetings. Most meetings that I’ve attended in my career have been boring, frustrating and an insane waste of time. Luckily, over the years I’ve discovered the 5 most common reasons why our meetings suck, and how to fix them. 1. Pure Anarchy (no meeting leadership) Problem: Because all of us [...]
Every organization wants to hire an exceptional out-of-the-box thinker who is going to revolutionize something. This is true of all industries I’ve worked in, whether it’s corporate, nonprofit or government. Contradiction Alert: We want out-of-the-box thinkers, but we want them to work within a specific box. We define this box when we try to monitor [...]
There’s this big myth that an employee needs to adapt to a boss, much like a servant to a king. A typical boss will re-enforce this age-old misconception by saying “I am the manager – employees need to adapt to the way I work, because I am the leader.” But is that the most effective way to get results?
Business is a race. Everyone understands that. But people usually don’t understand what type of race it is. It’s a marathon, not a 100-meter dash. The key difference between marathons and 100-meter dashes: Marathon runners pace themselves using up to 80% of their energy, and keep 20% reserved if needed. The focus is on maximum [...]
These are the 5 types of people that will make you successful in life. These 5 will provide you with added perspective so that you are free to do your best work. Is this the same group you’d want on your team for a project? No. These are your advisors. They serve only one purpose, to guide you. They are the Simplifier, Naysayer, Innovator, Visionary and Optimist.
“Why do you want to work here?” Most potential employees can easily answer this question – they will talk about the company’s accomplishments or flatter you in some other manner. But this rarely gives you insight into what type of employee they will be. I propose a different set of questions to replace the standard [...]