Tag Archive - Values

Staying Strong In A Crisis

Stroms are coming!

Business crisis, family crisis, personal crisis – no matter who I am or how blessed a life I’ve led to this point, I will face a crisis sooner or later.   How I respond in a crisis says a lot about who I am as a person and a leader.

Do I run from a challenge or towards one?  Do I act selfishly or selflessly?  Do I disappoint others or do I lead them?

In other words, do I come through the crisis weaker or stronger? Continue Reading…

Leadership Depends On Character

Leadership Philosophy

I believe leadership is inherently a positive term.  Some well known experts whom I respect define leadership as influence, or influence towards a common objective.  However, I believe these definitions do not go far enough.

In my mind, being a leader is a positive statement.  There is a moral component to leadership.  Leadership is not simply about influence.  If I convince someone to perform immoral acts, I am influencing them, but I am not a leader. Therefore. I do not use the word leadership when discussing historical figures like Adolf Hitler or Joseph Stalin.   Continue Reading…

Contracts Versus Covenants – In Business, In Life

Covenants Depend On Me Alone

“If you do this, then I will do that.”  This is the basic language in most contracts. The problem with contracts is that if one party does not comply, then the other party is not obligated to comply either.

I call this a problem because a lot of people consider all their relationships contractual ones.  “If you do this, then I will do that.”  This type of arrangement rarely makes for strong or lasting business or personal relationships.

A covenant on the other hand states, “I will do this.”  Period.  End of story.  Regardless of what you do.   What if we treated our business relationships and our personal relationships as covenants instead of contracts?  Continue Reading…

Teamwork: What Good Looks Like

What's Good Look Like

Values, values everywhere.  Every company seems to have a list of values they claim to be important.  Most of the time those values are a list of words on a website or a poster.  Integrity, Service,  and Teamwork are among some of the most common values companies claim.

But, we all know that just because a company or an individual claims a value, it does not mean they live by that value.  The values a company demonstrates truly is the character of that organization.

What does integrity look like in practice?  What does service look like in practice?  What does teamwork look like in practice? Continue Reading…

What Would William Wallace Do?

WWWWD or W4D

WWWWD or better W4D.  I am sucker for the movie Braveheart.  I love the action, the humor and the history of it.  My wife always knows when I have watched clips of the movie, because she comes home to my bad Scottish accent.

But, beyond that, I love the hero.  William Wallace sets an example of leadership and of manhood all of us should aspire to.  What if leaders used William Wallace as a filter to for our own leadership?

I have been off for two weeks spending time with my family.  New blogs begin again next week.

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Where Mediocrity Goes To Die

Die Mediocre! Die!

What does good look like?  That is what many companies do a poor job of defining when it comes to their core values.  What follows is one company’s core value of Excellence.

I was fortunate enough to help them develop all four of their core values:  Excellence, Integrity, Teamwork and Service.  The team that developed these values is setting themselves up for success by defining what good looks like.

Imagine doing business with a company like this! Imagine working with people like this daily!  Read on and see how they define Excellence. Continue Reading…

Integrity Is A Lousy Core Value

It's Lousy!

Most corporations claim to have core values.  Most of the values that organizations claim are lousy.  They stink.  They have no meaning!

  • Integrity – Lousy.
  • Teamwork – Lousy.
  • Service – Lousy.

What does integrity mean?  What does teamwork mean?  What does service mean?

A corporate value like integrity doesn’t work.  It is just another word on a website or on a poster hanging in a cubicle.  Who cares what values an individual or a group claims to have!  They don’t mean a thing!  Unless…. Continue Reading…

A Team That Values Communication

When in doubt...over-communicate!

“No team ever failed because of too much communication.
It is almost always the opposite.”

At Acme Inc., we believe that good communication is the bedrock for all successful relationships in business and in life. From good communication flow trust, understanding and teamwork both with our customers and with each other.

Acme Inc. Is A Communication Company “When in doubt, over-­‐communicate.” Continue Reading…

How To Get Rid Of HR Departments

The Golden Rule

I had a dream that I worked for a company that got rid of it’s Human Resources Department.  There were no more HR manuals or HR classes.

This was not a result of ineffective HR professionals.  They just weren’t needed in that company. Was this heaven?

No.  It was a dream.  But, after rereading John Maxwell’s book, There Is No Such Thing As “Business” Ethics, I believe there is one Standard Operating Procedure that could make the dream a reality.  The Golden Rule. Continue Reading…

Hire and Fire For Values – Part 2

Fire For Values

It takes a lot of work to fire someone these days.  Our friends in the legal profession have made the process of firing employees incredibly time consuming.  For some leaders, this process is a disincentive for doing the right thing.

When a leader  allows a low performer to stay, that leader is failing.  In the same way a leader who keeps a person who displays disdain for the organization’s values due to this legal disincentive is failing as well.

Hiring For Values (previous blog) is a critical first step for leaders who believe in the values they claim.  An equally important step is being willing to Fire For Values as well. Continue Reading…

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