My first book - "Weapons of Mass Distinction" - has been re-released and is available as a free download on Amazon. Get it here.
Guest Post by Sarah Jacobs | At first glance, hiring employees for a company is not too difficult a task. However, if you take a closer look to what every company really needs, it might not be as easy as it looks. Yes, every company definitely needs employees to keep it up and running. But no … Continue reading Five Perceptions to Make Team Members Try Harder
What would a story about business practices be without a Peter Drucker quote? “So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.” – Peter Drucker New manager soften make the mistake of feeling like they have to make every decision – and exert control over subordinates - rather … Continue reading Five steps to empower your team
You’d think in this era of declining circulation a newspaper would jump the chance to add a print subscriber. Apparently not. I’m a bonafide news junkie. I watch TV News primarily and I’m online every day. But I still like to sit down and read the Sunday paper. There’s something about the experience that just translate … Continue reading My (failed) attempt to subscribe to the local newspaper
“Jeff, what does Day 2 look like?” That’s how Jeff Bezos started out his annual letter to shareholders. While the text talks about what he’s been trying to instill into the culture at Amazon, the message applies to any business and its leaders. Bezos has been reminding people that’s it’s Day 1 for Amazon and has … Continue reading Lessons in Leadership from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos
Here are 19 quick quotes to help you remember, happiness begins by looking inward: “People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” — Mark Twain “Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” — Margaret Lee … Continue reading Morning inspiration: 19 quick quotes on being happy
PHOTO: (CC) Brian Solis, http://www.briansolis.com / bub.blicio.us, via Wikimedia Commons Original Source To our community, On our journey to connect the world, we often discuss products we’re building and updates on our business. Today I want to focus on the most important question of all: are we building the world we all want? History is … Continue reading If you haven’t read Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s 5,000+ word “letter to the world,” here it is
I was honored to be included in the list of 16 "media influencers" as named in the 2017 monthly edition of Local Media Today, by the Local Media Association (an industry trade association of more than 2,400 newspaper, TV, radio, pure plays and other media partners). It's a pretty impressive group to be included in and I was … Continue reading Paul Dughi named as one of 16 “Media Influencers” by Local Media Today
Here are several of my favorite quotes about leadership. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams “The growth and … Continue reading Looking for inspiration? 17 quick quotes about leadership
When William “Bud” Post won $16.2 million dollars in the Pennsylvania lottery, he had less than $3 in his checking account. It was life changing, but maybe not in the way you would think. He got hit with lawsuits. Oh, and his brother tried to hire a hit man to try to get an inheritance. … Continue reading Why did Columbus take three ships?
In the mid-90’s, I used to teach a seminar called “Thinking Outside the Box.” But that was way back when “thinking outside the box” really was a new way of thinking. It’s not so new now. In fact, it’s a cliché. I realized that it’s really about thinking “inside” the box that really matters. What … Continue reading It’s Really About Thinking “Inside the Box”
I remember being fired for “philosophical differences.” It was an ugly time for me and my family. It wasn’t about my performance, I was told, they just wanted to “go in a different direction.” Just a few months earlier, everything had been great. Our company was performing at a high level — one of the highest rated … Continue reading What I learned about firing people… from the time it happened to me
After all, there’s a lot of information out there. Just Google it. There’s not just one way to do it: different styles seem to work. And the people you want to lead, want to be led. “Even Ray Charles could see this,” said Major General Vincent Boles. So what gets in the way? People, personalities, … Continue reading Leadership should be easy
“All of us have too much complexity in our lives,” said Kathleen Eisenhardt, professor at Stanford University’s School of Engineering. In studying how product development teams with complex rules, no rules, and a few simple rules tackled projects, some simple truths emerged. In companies that had very complicated rules, people would take a long time … Continue reading How to create your own simple business rules
He wasn’t brought it to change the company, but he was expected to grow it a significant amount. On his first day, he gathered the key managers together and asked us to pull out a notepad. He asked each of us to think about the worst case scenario at our company: revenue drops, layoffs, a … Continue reading Ten things great leaders do
Think about this case study. You’re company is 100 years old and highly successful. In fact, your company is the gold standard by which others are judged. You have achieved the ultimate praise: you’ve become a household name! Here’s the problem. 80% of your core business makes up 100% of your profit. Technology threatens that … Continue reading Lessons learned: An industry in transformation