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

July 21, 2013

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 … Read More

Leadership View #12: Watch For (Perhaps Unintentional) Malicious Obedience…

July 14, 2013

Leadership View #12: Watch for (perhaps unintentional) malicious obedience… Early in my career, I learned this valuable lesson. I had the opportunity to lead a transition of a client reporting group from a fully manual process to a fully automated process. This area was the last functional area to be automated in this company (guess that … Read More

Leadership View #11: Hardest Task

June 23, 2013

Leadership View #11: Hardest task – changing your leadership and management styles as your company grows or you go up the ladder.  I often hear entrepreneurs say, “I don’t want to lose the culture as I grow this company” or “We are like a family, I want to keep this feeling as we grow”. And … Read More

Leadership View #10: Take The High Risk…

June 16, 2013

Leadership View #10: Take the higher risk / higher reward job. Much like when choosing investments, the higher risk choices lead to higher returns. And much like with investments, intentionality is the key. If you truly want the higher reward (or greater leadership role) and are willing to take the risk to modify both your … Read More

Leadership View #9: An Absolute Skill Of An Effective Leader…

June 9, 2013

Leadership View #9: An absolute skill of an effective leader is the ability to grow and adapt. So often we find that what has made us successful in the past, is not working for us today. From the entrepreneur who built a successful company what I hear is, “I got here because I know my … Read More

Leadership View #8: Merging Two Organizations…

June 2, 2013

Leadership View #8: Merging two organizations gives a leader an opportunity to form a new culture / leadership team / operating style.  A common mistake is to adopt one or the other, thereby creating winners and losers.   This leadership view is actually a continuation of Leadership View #7 where I talked about getting buy-in during … Read More

Leadership View #7: When Merging Or Combining Two Organizations..

May 19, 2013

Leadership View #7: When merging or combining two organizations, it has been estimated that 60% of the people will be relatively indifferent, 20% will be strongly supportive, and 20% will be strongly non-supportive.  Focus on the 20% that are strongly supportive and converting the 60% who are neutral. It is so easy to be drawn … Read More

Leadership View #6: Some Problems Can’t Be “Solved”

May 12, 2013

 Leadership View #6: Some problems can’t be “solved” (and, hopefully, made to go away) – they must be managed and may require the leader’s repetitive attention and time. As leaders and managers, we have been taught to find the root cause and fix the problem. This Leadership View seems to fly in the face of that. … Read More

45 Year Leadership View #2: Sometimes, The Most Effective Techniques…

April 7, 2013

Marsh Carter’s Leadership View #2: Sometimes, the most effective leadership techniques are the simplest. We often strive to find a method or a framework that we can employ to become more effective as leaders. Sometimes, as Marsh reminds us in his Leadership View #2, it’s the simple things. Sometimes, all we need to do as … Read More

A 45 Year View Of Leadership

March 24, 2013

This past Thursday was the first day of spring and while here in Chicago it still feels like winter, I did see a crocus today. Spring, for me, represents new beginnings. With that in mind, I am launching a 15 week series entitled “A 45 Year View of Leadership“, honoring my friend, Marshall Carter. Marsh … Read More