Archive for March, 2011

leadership lessons from the trenches

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Lessons learned These are lessons I either learned early (thankfully) or I wish I had learned earlier (regrettably).

1. The responsibility and service of leadership always outweigh the recognition and status.

2. Responsibility is rewarding, but it isn’t about rewards

3. Anyone can lead but not everyone should lead. If you don’t have your heart in it, you’ll be mediocre at best.

4. Leadership doesn’t make a difference; leadership makes the difference, personally and organizationally.

5. Anything the leader does that benefits only him- or herself    Read More

break the “trying” rut

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
Commitment What do Oprah Winfrey, Donald Trump,Steve Jobs, Ghandhi, Madonna,  Mark Zuckerburg, Tony Robbins and Valerie Pendergrass all have in common?  Hint: I am not a multi-millionaire----yet.... Many things may come to mind........
  • Most are well known.
  • Most are mega millionaires.
  • Most are considered leaders in their field.
  • You may even say some of them were lucky.
I submit to you that while many of the above statements may apply to most of the names above, we know their names because of two things: Read More

when life gives you lemons…

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
Lemonface Whoa!  I am still in shock and shaking my head from a conversation I had this morning.  It happened to be with an old client that I hadn't spoken with in a while (at least a year) and I quickly found out why: My ex-client has been living in a parallel universe......... as bad-luck-schleprock. I know it sounds as if I'm making light of someone else's misery but my ex-client (I'll call her "Mary", not of course her real name) would be the first to    Read More

one of the most powerful movies i have seen in a long time

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Secretariat photo With my schedule, I don't get to watch nearly as many movies as I would like (older or newer) but I recently had the chance to watch the movie Secretariat and I LOVED it.  It is only fair to tell you that I am a bit biased because 1. I LOVE horses and 2. I am a sucker for anything remotely inspirational but, in my opinion this movies still moves to the top of the list.  

Most biographical movies    Read More

it’s a culture thing

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Puzzlepiece I was recently reading a blog post that invited companies when hiring to "Hire for Culture First, Skills Second".  While it was an interesting read, it was also a frustrating one.

Why?

Because the fact of that matter is that YOU (as the hiree) should do your best to ensure that the company fits you culturally first.  That is your responsibility and should not be left to the auspices of the    Read More