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Four Keys To Overcoming Failure

What now?

What if I fail?  There are no “If’s”!  You will fail.  We all fail.  We all fall flat on our faces at some point.  Some of us have more scars from those falls than others.

I am convinced that whatever success I have achieved in this life can be traced back to the failures that preceded the successes.  Thomas Watson once said, “If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.”

If leaders, employees, spouses and children changed their attitude from fearing failure to embracing it, they would all increase their success rate. Continue Reading…

My Un-Resume: I Failed My Team

My Un-Resume

My un-resume is my list of screw-ups.  They are things I am not proud of.

Periodically I share my un-resume with the world.  Most people who speak and consult on leadership are sure to present their successes to their clients.  I’m doing something different.

Yes, I’ve had success through the years and received awards and recognition as a result.  But rarely did my successes teach me as much as my failures.  Rest assured, I’ve had plenty of opportunity to learn!

Edited since originally posted in April 2012.

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Three Things That Kill A Good Idea

Idea Killer

The death of a good idea is a tragedy.  Many individuals bring forward great ideas only to see them assaulted by three different assassins.

I have watched the assaults and done nothing.  Yet, I wondered why my team was stagnating and not moving forward.  I was asleep at the wheel.

These assassins were individuals, groups and/or processes.  All three were the result of an inattentive leader-me.  But once I learned how to identify these assassins, I was able to save some great ideas from the clutches of death. Continue Reading…

The Cornerstone of A Bad Attitude – Self

It Starts With Self

Some people are joy suckers.  They can enter any situation and suck the fun right out of the room.  It is a gift really.  A gift I appreciate as much as a good case of pink eye.  The unfortunate thing is, a bad attitude is just as contagious.

We can all have off days.  This is not what I am talking about.  I am talking about people who choose to have a bad attitude on a consistent basis.  A bad attitude is a choice.  I discussed that in:  Your Attitude Is A Choice:  Make A Different Choice.

But what is the cornerstone issue someone is dealing with?  What does that person need to change to become a joyful person versus a joy sucker?  They need less – self.

Originally posted in July 2013.

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The Self-Serving Leader- Another Oxymoronic Leadership Yarn

The Self-Centered Leader is an OxyMORON

Sam spoke to both the VP’s he had targeted during the three day planning meeting in Orlando. He was able to tell them exactly what was happening in his department.  There was no doubt he had impressed them with his knowledge of the company, and how he handled his troops.

When Sam got to the airport, he called his wife, Joanne. She asked him about his trip.  Sam smiled,  “I nailed it.”  Joanne smiled and asked for the details.

Meanwhile, the two VP’s were sitting on a plane together comparing notes.  Continue Reading…

A Mentor Attitude

Mentoring Attitude

Looking back, the eye rolling was inevitable.  Everyone on the leadership team knew the idea was unlikely to work.

Our boss had sparked the doubts. “We need to initiate a mentoring program.  The Human Resources department can work on developing a program we can roll out in the fourth quarter.”

We were all thinking one thing:  “Oh no. Another program.” Continue Reading…

Three Rules To Leading Peers

What do you attract?

“What can I do?  If I step up and try to lead my peers, I don’t think they will follow.  I’m not as direct as you are Dave. ”

The quote above is representative of a lot of conversations I have inside of companies who ask for my help.  There are many people who know they should be a leader among their peers.  They just aren’t sure how to accomplish it. Continue Reading…

Two Ways I Beat Procrastination

Maybe later...

I’ve been meaning to write this blog for a while…. (See what I did there?)

I am a world-class procrastinator.  I have years of experience under my belt in putting off things I do not like doing.  I have also spent a lot of time trying find ways to stop procrastinating.

I have read books.  I have bought planners.  I have hired people who I ask to remind me to do things.  All of these have helped.  But, I now realize I will never be rid of this trait.  Procrastination will always be there.  Continue Reading…

Two Problems With Team Standards

How High Is The Hoop?

“I met the standards.  What is the problem?”  There are likely two problems here.  Problem #1 is the attitude.  Problem #2 is the standards themselves.

I have either caused or witnessed both of these problems. Some people believe the first problem is with the follower and the second problem is with the leader. This is a fallacy.

Originally Posted January 2013.

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How Calm People Stay Calm

Are You Really Calm?

He was more amped up then a Chihuahua after a can of Red Bull.  Here was my peer yelling at me because some people were sitting in the wrong area of a conference room during a sales meeting.

When I told him we could “make it work as is”, he said “Well I am glad you can be so flip about this Dave!”

Some people do not react well to stress.  In fact some people create their own stress and then don’t react to it well.  On the other hand, other people never seem flustered by the most stressful circumstances.  What do the calm have that the amped up Chihuahua does not?

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