Mission, Vision, Values: Your [Marriage Is] Dead Without ’em

Have you ever stopped to think about the contrasts between your work and personal lives?  Why is it that we proactively work to navigate our careers while we fail to navigate our lifelong journey?  Why do we spend so much time defining a mission, vision, and values for our company but fail to even think…

On Empowerment

People don’t want to punch a time card and put their heads down and their butts up each day.  People want to influence decisions, make choices, solve problems and make a greater impact. From CMOE via Michael Hyatt

Are You an ‘A’ Player?

I’m continuously surprised how difficult it is to find ‘A’ players.  I’m even more surprised by how many people think, erroneously, that they are one of the few. Here’s a quiz to help you determine whether you are an All Star.

Why no one likes your idea

Impressions matter.  For better or for worse, most judgements and decisions are made with at least a minor emotional bias. When presenting a new idea or proposal or seeking buy-in, too many people depend solely on substance and forget the importance of good communication. Here are a few tips on how to convey your message…

Leaders don’t make tough decisions…

…they live for them. Making hard decisions is – well – hard! Pulling the trigger on a decision which has a material impact on others or balances significant risk and reward can be trying. Many people know how to analyze, opine, and criticize these decisions, very few are good at actually making them. Here are…

The Power of Realistic Optimism

I’m aggressive. Ask anyone who works with me and they’ll line up to tell you that I don’t settle for small goals. What I push our team to achieve many people believe are pie-in-the-sky fantasies. I’m optimistic. Ask my teammates how often I look at a situation and see the glass half empty and nearly…

Passion will send you to the moon

Professionals undervalue passion.  Passion is everything.  If you genuinely care, pour your heart into your work, and strive for delivering excellent results out of a genuine intrinsic motivation, you will be a rock star.  In my experience, those people that excel at what they do, do so because it is the labour of love. [featured-image…

Don’t forget the fun

When people think about keeping employees happy, most focus on financial compensation – salary, benefits, and perhaps a bonus here or there.  Astute managers, HR personnel, and others who are in tune with the troops likely include environmental factors including respect, a diverse workplace, and maybe even challenging work.  I’m starting to wonder if FUN…

A Convergence of Passions

When I graduated from college in 1999 I assumed a career in media lay before me.  Passionate about leveraging the media for good and wholesome entertainment, I spent a large portion of my time in school trying to “get ahead” in the industry.  I worked as a sound technician for nearly all four years, helped…

Three PIllar’s Top Five Traits: What Takes a Company to the Top?

Over the years I’ve read plenty of “Top 5” lists of what it takes to successfully navigate the startup phases of a business. Some of these lists speak to entrepreneurs, describing the personality and character of good leaders. Others are specific to the company, conveying what is critical to a successful organization. I read another…