Comparing leadership and athletic performance is tenuous at best. You cannot bluff your way onto an Olympic team. People can, however, sometimes bluff their way into leadership roles without the essential talent or experience.
Saying that culture is important to your business and actually taking the necessary steps to ensure it thrives are two different things. These six actions will strengthen your work environment and make sure it lasts.
Chasing shiny objects is dangerous, and leaders who fall prey to this almost always have one thing in common: There’s no clear strategy driving their behavior.
Without alignment, you’re wasting energy in the form of capital, payroll, confusion in the market and opportunity costs. You most likely don’t see it. It’ll slow you down and eventually kill you if you don’t eliminate or reduce it.
Even if you’ve established a major local stronghold, taking your business to the national level is a completely different animal.
This kind of thinking created a dual perspective where employees saw HR as a provider of perks and protection.
Many of us are too fearful of looking different, of making mistakes, of trying to achieve wild things. We self-edit our great ideas. Maybe we should blame our parents, but perhaps we ought to own it and create a different definition of success.
Rather than settle for second best when it comes to talent, mid-market companies should develop an intentional culture that offers a uniquely different experience — maybe more personal, more flexible, and closer to the company purpose.
In addition to acknowledging the contributions of these "mom-and-pop" shops, we also need to recognize the unique and broad set of challenges small business owners face every day.
A CEO client of mine recently realized that he was the reason he hated all the meetings he called. After adopting a few new rules and changing some behavior (much of it his), he felt like he had a new lease on life.
The idea of partnership with a friend and business colleague — someone you’ve never done business with and very much want to keep as a friend — can feel daunting. Think of the things that can go wrong.
It's one of the best-kept secrets for thriving and for gaining new business. Even if you never meet the client face-to-face, behavior is everything. It's the key to having and maintaining a golden reputation.