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Managing an Organization with Multiple Locations

“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.” – Ronald Reagan There’s no longer any room for the old top-down leadership paradigm in today’s workplace; that approach is counterproductive and impractical in our fast-paced multifaceted business culture.  With access to so much information at our fingertips and the necessity of retaining employees with a variety of specialized skills, the old “one-man” show is unnecessary because it’s impossible to maintain. A new generation in today’s workforce is fiercely independent, and many are quite capable...

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5 Thoughts for a Successful Change Later In Life

“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old” - Peter Drucker It’s April 1978, and Bernie Marcus an executive at age fifty is now unemployed after being let go by his company. Marcus is thinking big when he joins forces with another unemployed executive Arthur Blank, with the help of a friend who arranged financing to help them with a start-up. From their first two locations in 1978, their Home Improvement Company Home Depot has more than 2500 locations today and reporting more than $100 billion in total revenues. Many people start over later in life and become...

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10 Tips That Help Leaders Prepare Their Organizations for Change

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr Some leaders who experience fantastic growth in their companies, and themselves, can fall prey to the idea that what put them on top will keep them there. When it comes to good character, this is true. Unfortunately, if they’re relying on their past accomplishments to keep them competitive, the rest of the world will soon be leaving them behind. At one time, Nokia was at the top of the cell phone industry controlling more than 40 percent of the cellphone market in 2007. Within seven years,...

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Why Doing the Right Thing is Always the Right Thing...

“Stay focused on your mission, remain steadfast in your pursuit of excellence, and always do the right thing.” - Mark Esper Bernard Madoff, once chairman of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, formerly a penny stock brokerage firm, grew his business until it was among the top market brokerage firms on Wall Street. Madoff respected and liked by many was riding high until pleading guilty to 11 federal felonies in 2009, authorities discovered that his firm was a massive financial fraud, the largest in U.S. history. Madoff was operating the biggest Ponzi scheme the world had ever seen.  In the end, nearly...

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Why Repetition is the Forerunner of Success

“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality” - Earl Nightingale I’m a teenager watching professional bowlers throw two or three strikes in a row making it look easy, igniting a desire in me to learn how to do the same. My goal is throwing successive strikes and eventually bowl a 200 game. My high game of 226 comes while bowling in a league game after many practice sessions, hundreds of throws developing my form rolling the ball over my target arrows and numerous trips to the bowling alley...

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Are You an Emotionally Healthy Leader?

“I didn’t like myself; I was ashamed because I couldn’t cope with the pressures” -Princess Diana July 29th, 1981 is the day Princess Diana burst onto the global stage, by marrying into the Royal family the British throne immediately becomes her identity. I cannot imagine the intense pressure that the international spotlight brought to Diana only 20 now a Princess. I believe the responsibility of having to measure every word, carefully think through every decision, understanding the protocol of royalty with the world watching her every move left her feeling trapped and very alone. Although publicly gracious and compassionate Princess...

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3 Ways to Become a More Inquisitive Leader

“Cats are inquisitive but hate to admit it.” - Mason Cooley There’s an old saying that says “Curiosity killed the cat,” though it may have killed the cat, the inquisitiveness of many entrepreneurial inventors has changed the world for the better many times over and still do. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines inquisitive as: given to examination or investigation inclined to ask questions Every generation benefits from the inquisitive minds of men and women who persistently ask questions, examine, and investigate the possibilities. How different the world is today because of inquisitive minds as Steve Jobs (Apple), Amanda Jones (vacuum canning process...

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Leading in a Culture of Many Generations

Many organizations are thinking through the Impact of the Millennial generation as they grow to become the majority in the workforce. I have written about how this is already making an impact in the world of sports. I noted that younger and older generations are an asset together on the same team. More than adjusting to the workforce being made up of Millennials is the fact that since they’ve entered the workforce, many ages 50 thru 70 have been opting to remain employed in larger numbers be it part or full time, this has given us five generations working together...

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5 Points to Overhauling Unhealthy Attitudes

James Allen says, “As a being of thought, your dominant mental attitude will determine your condition in life. It will also be the gauge of your knowledge and the measures of your attainment. The so-called limitations of your nature are the boundary lines of your thoughts; they are self-erected fences, and can be drawn to a narrower circle, extended to a wider, or be allowed to remain.” It’s Entirely Up to You to Decide What Attitude You Will Have Have you worked with leaders who lack people skills and seem distant, rude, or pessimistic? Leaders with negative attitudes tend to...

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5 Ideas for Managing a Successful Turnaround

“Culture is the ever-present force behind an organization’s long-term success.” -JSP As a child going to Toys "R" Us was atop my list of places to go. Watching the news report of the mega toy store giant filing for bankruptcy in 2017 made me sad. How does Toys "R" Us successfully navigate numerous changes during its 70 years fail? One thing hampering a successful turnaround for Toys "R" Us is servicing billions of dollars in debt. You cannot continue investing in updating and stocking stores with money you don’t have. Toys "R" Us was falling behind its competitors in several areas...

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