Leadership Landmines

Smoking%20Shoes2As this leadership tip is being released, I’m in Las Vegas presenting at the annual conference of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Institute for Leadership and Development.

The 2 – presentations I’m giving at this conference are:

1. Employee Disengagement: The Dog That Will Bite You
2. 29 – Leadership Landmines That Will Rock Your World

The ABC audience will receive a number of nuggets out of the presentations and I thought it would be beneficial to share a few with you.

My leadership tip of the week this week is to identify 3 – leadership landmines in your world and formulate the appropriate action to keep your team focused and engaged.

“Leadership Landmines are 100% controllable actions, inactions, behaviors, wordswhich negatively impact a leader’s ability to profitably grow their business through others.”

Here are 3 – common (but often overlooked) leadership landmines to get you started:

1. Culture – if we are not careful, our desired company culture can change to an undesirable culture seemingly overnight. Leaders have to constantly reinforce the organizations culture by speaking about it, referring to it when decisions are made or actions are taken. Think about the last time you acknowledged or addressed culture with your team … or are their silos growing in your organization?

2. Enthusiasm Level – Leaders must set the tone with enthusiasm. The bounce in their step, the tone of their voice, the smile on their face and the positive words that they use are just a few ways leaders display their enthusiasm for their business. Think about your enthusiasm level … is it, ramped up to a level that generates excitement in your organization?

3. Goals – In my travels, I find most people don’t have goals – many of them want goals but they don’t know how to create meaningful ones, so they don’t. Others don’t see the value in them. Think about the opportunities being missed because of misplaced, unmeasured or undefined goals … a huge leadership landmine. Goals matter!

Where are your landmines?

Leadership is an extremely challenging assignment. However, being aware of the numerous ‘leadership landmines’ and learning to navigate through them makes the journey very worthwhile and rewarding.

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Halloween = Creativity = Exceptional Leadership

untitledHappy Halloween!

Halloween is a fun time for the kids. It’s also an opportunity for the adults to enjoy the kids and the ‘spirit’ of the Halloween – which is many things, including the massive amounts of creativity surrounding this annual event.

There are creative costumes, creative decorations, creative treats, creative tricks, creative invitations, creative parties, creative food, creative drinks … Halloween is full of creativity.

It just takes a little imagination to get everyone enthused and engaged … but the effort is always worth it. .

My leadership tip for you this week is to heighten your organizations level of creativity. Think about how the simplicity of Halloween can inspire you and your organization to become more creative, which can lead to a more fun and productive workplace … which can lead to improved customer satisfaction and greater employee engagement.

Creativity is not a leadership characteristic that we all possess …for some, creativity comes naturally, but for others,

it is a painful challenge that we struggle with, so we avoid it or ignore the importance of it. Don’t give up, creativity can be developed.

If you need a little creativity boost, here is an article entitled 25 Ways to Be More Creative which may help you.

Creativity is work and it requires us to embrace change – which could be the root of the problem – most people don’t like change … however, exceptional leaders do.

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Stay on Top With Drive and Unwavering Character

19022941_thbIt’s been quite a week for leadership lessons … I’m not sure where to start or finish … but let’s focus on just two stories.

Detroit, what happened to you?

Its way too complicated to dissect here, but I encourage you to extract what you can from the multiple reports coming out of Detroit. The best source I found for complete information is here.

Ryan Braun, what’s wrong with you? If you don’t know his story you can read it here.

My leadership tip for you this week is to understand what went on with these two major stories and make sure their ugly doesn’t happen to you.

A good take-away from the Detroit story is that you may be number one today … but you should never lose sight of the fact that you must continue to be relevant and competitive.

Ask yourself this question about your organization: What needs to be fixed, recalibrated or overhauled for us to remain relevant and competitive. Then go do it.

A good take-away from the Ryan Braun story is you may be on top of your game today, but cheating and lying won’t keep you there … they will ultimately bring you down.

Next time you find yourself doing something or hiding something that could possibly jeopardize your character … then you probably will. Then stop to think about Ryan Braun and the impact on your long term credibility – career – team – family – finances. Fix it now before it’s too late.

Remember, there is no room at the leadership table for complacency, cheating and lying.

There is however, plenty of room for honest mistakes, honest failures and for those with drive and unwavering character.

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Don’t Let Creativity Take A Vacation

37648383_thbWe all need to be very careful … and we can’t let our guard down.

This is about the time of year we are all very busy doing and creativity escapes us.

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like creativity disappears during the summer. Maybe it’s because we are busy implementing our plans and we’re distracted by a number of different seasonal activities.

My leadership tip for you this week is stay busy with your business but continue to actively seek creative and innovative approaches to the way you do things … don’t let creativity take a summer vacation.

Let’s not forget why we love creativity:

Creativity drives new products
Creativity brings us new processes
Creativity improves quality
Creativity stimulates great thinking
Creativity promotes teamwork
Creativity solves problems
Creativity can save us time
Creativity can make us more money
Creativity makes a great work environment
Creativity can be fun
With all of these positive things going on, why would you give creativity a summer pass?

Let’s keep creativity at work this summer. Here are a few things you can do to keep creativity visible:

Create a short term contest or incentive

Share a relevant article, blog or book on creativity

Share examples of recent creative activities in the marketplace

Seek out and recognize someone for their creative solution / approach

Demonstrate leadership by doing something creative yourself

Or as Albert Einstein once said, “Creativity is contagious, pass it on.”

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It’s Time For An Exceptional (+) Team

Logo1Do you agree with me when I say:

Poor teamwork generally generates poor results.

Good teamwork generally generates good results.

Exceptional teamwork generally generates exceptional results.

Why do you think some teams perform better than others?

I start with this definition of team by authors Katzenbach and Smith;

“A team is a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals and common approach for which they hold themselves accountable”

If a team is not performing at an exceptional level, you’ll likely find the solution somewhere in the details of this definition. What I mean by that is, the key points in this definition have greater depth to them and they can be further analyzed.

My leadership tip for you this week is to think about what has to be done to have your team perform at the exceptional (+) level.

I’m sure that many of you think your team is already performing at an exceptional level … and you probably are … so there’s really nothing for you to do. It’s your call; I’m suggesting you take it to the next level.

However, if your team isn’t at the exceptional level think about what has to be done to get there first.

Think about your leadership – is it unwavering and consistent

Think about the talent on the team – do you have the best available talent – what one or two things should you change in the recruitment and selection process?

Think about everyone’s role – are the roles correct – does everyone understand and embrace their role – what one or two role adjustments could be made that could make a significant difference?

Think about communication – does the right hand truly know and understand what the left hand is doing? … How about vice versa?

Think about the top 3 to 5 things that are hindering your team’s ability to deliver results – fix them

As the leader it’s your responsibility to ensure your team is positioned to deliver exceptional plus results for your organization or business unit … and you are always accountable for the results.

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Are You Ready For The Unexpected ?


Unfortunately there are a few people in this world who make it dangerous and unsafe for the rest of us.

I read an article about an upset customer in Kansas who returned to the fast food restaurant to complain about a mix up in their order, which led to a confrontation with another customer – a crow bar thrown – a shotgun blast – a police standoff … fortunately no one was injured.

You can read the article here if you’re interested.

This, plus the other incidents that we hear about has to heighten our awareness for preparedness and challenge our mental toughness.

My leadership tip for you this week is to have you think about 3 – different workplace scenarios that could go bad for you. In the office – on a flight – driving to work – in the lunchroom – there is no shortage of. Then ask yourself do you know exactly what you’d do to calmly divert the pending disaster?

If you do, then keep searching for the scenario where you’re not fully prepared, because there is always something out there ready to challenge your preparedness and mental toughness.

If you’re not sure, think through the solutions / actions you would take now, so in the event something unexpectedly bad happens, you’re ready.

Exceptional leaders who are good at mindful preparedness are always ready for the unexpected.

Enjoy your leadership journey !

Seven Proven Ways to Finish Strong

Join Randy Goruk and Van Deeb for “Seven Proven Ways to Finish Strong,”  September 20th at 1:00 pm Eastern.

The difference between mediocrity and greatness lies not only in how you finish but in how well you prepare to finish. ”Seven proven ways to finish strong in the fourth quarter of 2012” will not only get you excited about accomplishing your year-end goals but also help you create a game plan that carries over to 2013 and gives you one heck of a jumpstart on the new year. This game plan involves creating disciplines that will turn into habits that become natural to you. Follow the game plan to the letter and you WILL finish strong in 2012… period.

Here are just a few of the points we will cover during the webinar:

•Discover how to pinpoint exactly what you want to accomplish between now and December 31—not just your end goal such as how many sales you will make or what your 2012 income will be. Maybe your idea of finishing strong has nothing to do with sales or income but instead means creating a better work ethic with more discipline in your daily routine. If so, you can utilize this last quarter to practice and experiment with the new you. What better time to get more productive than right now?

•Explore the characteristics of successful goal setting and find out how to implement these seven disciplines immediately. You will receive instruction and encouragement on what you need to do the morning after our webinar and every day from that point on to accomplish these disciplines.

•Understand how preparing yourself to finish strong in the fourth quarter of the year is no different from the way a football team gets fired up to play the fourth quarter of a game. The objective is to win not just the quarter but the game. If you limit yourself now, you’ll regret it later. Instead, think about how creating a fourth-quarter plan can give you the kind of life you deserve to have. During this webinar you’ll learn how to incorporate this mindset into your career. When you follow these techniques, watch what happens—you will succeed.

Join our complimentary webinar with  Featured Guest Presenter: Van Deeb – on Thursday September 20th at 1:00 pm eastern for “Seven Proven Ways to Finish Strong In 4th Quarter of 2012.”

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