Work Remotely, Are You Kidding Me?

This week I am pleased to share this guest blog by Andrea Simon, Corporate Anthropologist. These times are presenting us with a new world where most of us are working remotely or, maybe, will be doing so shortly. The pandemic crisis is here, and the best solution is to separate us all. It is an important time to have to learn new skills. And even enjoy morphing into your new daily routine. For most of us, we hate this type of crisis-induced change. Turning lemons into lemonade requires being willing to change Change is pain. But especially now, change is absolutely necessary. Here are the challenges and opportunities: First, your brain hates to change. It is happiest when it is doing what it has always done. When something critical happens, like this pandemic, your brain is creating a lot of cortisol, and its decision-making parts are going into overdrive. You have to learn a new routine from the time you wake up until you head...
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Planting The Seed

Today’s post is offered by guest blogger and fellow Vistage Chair, Steve Larrick.  As leaders, we develop our own styles, and ways of getting things done over our careers. What works against us at times is that early success in leading others and in getting things done convinces us that our ways and methods are the one best way. Quoting Bill Gates, “Success is a lousy teacher. It convinces smart people that they can’t make mistakes.” I have observed over time many leaders who pronounce or dictate a course of action with the result that his or her subjects follow that course. Their own experience is that the smart leader has always been right. They bury their own reservations. The Socratic method of using questions is one way to change the pattern of leadership communication. However, if overused, that method can become annoying to the listener. Another way to approach this is what I call planting the seed. Suggesting in conversation that...
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Thoughts For The Coming Year

As I was pondering what to write as we close 2016, I visited my post from the close of 2015 and discovered, sadly, that the December 2015 blog could have been written today. With that in mind, I am reposting the same guest blog from my friend and fellow Vistage Chair, Larry Cassidy. For me, Larry's commentary continues to express the challenge we face as a nation and as leaders. With that in mind, I am making it visible here once again, offering you some food for thought as you begin the holiday season. Wishing you peace and opportunity in the New Year. Larry's Post from December 2015 My first newsletter was sent on June 27, 2011, some 230 newsletters ago. And for those 4½ years I have stepped carefully around politics. Today I will take edge up to that tricky topic, not so much traditional politics, but rather on who we are, and what price we 322-million folks are willing to pay to be that. We have undergone many serious gut-shots in the past...
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What Does All This Mean, What Will We Do, And How Will We Go About Doing It?

  I've decided to end the year with a guest blog from my friend and fellow Vistage Chair, Larry Cassidy. We've been having a discussion amongst us Vistage Chairs about the recent tragedies, hate crimes and terrorism and the related impact some members have begun to see in their companies. For me, Larry's commentary expressed the challenge we face as a nation and caused me to pause. With that in mind, I am making it visible here, offering you some food for thought as you begin the holiday season. First, a couple of stories and then Larry's post. One Chair began this conversation by sharing these stories One member reported an angry customer screaming in the lobby of her financial services company that the customer service rep he dealt with (second generation Pakistani American) should go back to her home country. Another member reported, after I asked if he had seen any evidence of workplace intolerance, that he had four Muslim employees in his IT department and he overheard one...
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Leadership Quote: Knowing Our Impact On Others

  This month's leadership quote: "Of the many, many things about which we are unclear, or of which we are unaware, our impact upon others is at or near the top." -Larry Cassidy, Vistage Master Chair Today's blogpost is offered by guest blogger Larry Cassidy, fellow Vistage Master Chair and author of this month's quote. Larry has been a Vistage chair in California for 27 years and his words of wisdom inspire all of us. Are you aware of your impact upon others, for better or for worse? We all too often live in our own personal bubble, unaware of how what we say and what we do land upon others. So come with me on a short walk, to the wood fence behind our house..... If each time we did something thoughtless or rude or unkind, we had to pound a nail into our fence post, over time the post would resemble a metal porcupine. And if we could pull a nail out of the fence post each...
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Last Of The Series – Leadership View #13: Balance Your Life

Last Of The Series – Leadership View #13: Balance Your Life

I began this series as a tribute to my friend, Marsh Carter, whose leadership has been an inspiration to me for at least 25 of the 45+ years covered in his View of Leadership. As I have written these blogs each week, using Marsh's topic lines, it has been interesting to me how relevant Marsh's large company experience is to the entrepreneurs  I work with each day. For the final post in this series, I decided it is fitting that Marsh author the post, drawing this time from his experience rather than mine.  Leadership View #13:  Balance your life – 3 legged stool analogy (balance between work, family and a strong outside interest for yourself) Many people we've all known, including ourselves at times, have a tendency to regard our careers or jobs as the most important aspects of our life---this is especially true the last few years where hand held devices link us 24/7 to the office, our bosses, our employees and coworkers.  It may...
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It’s A Dream Until You Write It Down

It’s A Dream Until You Write It Down

Today's blog post is offered by guest blogger Rick Landuyt, Vistage member and CEO of RFIDeas, One of the Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America.   It’s a dream until you write it down, then it becomes a goal. Stretch goals were explicitly designed to push people to think differently about the tasks at hand. Suppose your revenue in 2012 was 20 million. You want to grow it 10% to 22 million, you tweak your marketing ideas, try to get another big account etc... What if you decided to stretch your goal to 30 million - a 50% increase? How would you do it? As you begin to think about this, you will start to realize the benefits of "stretch goals". It's not the new revenue number, it's the thought process. An interesting side note, my wife and I had the pleasure of spending 10 days at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. There we were able to meet and talk with several ex-Gold medal winners. The one...
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Leadership Quote: Those Who Win….

Leadership Quote: Those Who Win….

This month's leadership quote: Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can. -- Dr. Paul Tournier Today's blogpost  is offered by guest blogger Mary Lore, Vistage speaker and author of Managing Thought. Mary's book and program are all about managing thought and getting the results we want. In my experience, a lot of leaders think “positive thinking” is about thinking happy rah-rah or touchy-feely thoughts or re-framing a thought to make it sound positive, for example changing the word “sh—“ to “fertilizer.” Or they think of that Stuart Smalley character on Saturday Night Live who made positive affirmations in the mirror. (I don’t want to be that guy!) That’s why I don’t use the term positive thinking,coined the term powerful thinking, and developed theManaging Thought® process. Because to me, positivity isn’t about getting rid of the negative thoughts we have and replacing them with positive thoughts. It is about being aware of the 60,000 thoughts our brains present to us every day – one a second – and...
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