July 4, 2017: It's Time to Pick a Fight

July 4, 2017:  It's Time to Pick a Fight

Tyranny comes in many forms.  The revolutionaries had the mad King George. Your tyrant may have a different name.  Like fear.  Or failure. Yours might be called the economy, or the industry or the competition. For some tyranny goes by the name debt or addiction or disease or death.  

The worst of our tyrants tend to be the ones of our own minds and our own makings. 

PLANNING: Why Your Good Ideas Don't Get Done

PLANNING:  Why Your Good Ideas Don't Get Done

Most teams have smart ideas about how to make their business work better.  Very few teams are great at efficiently and continuously putting their good ideas into action.

If your team is one of them, you probably feel pretty frustrated; caught, like most leaders, between the need to focus on the big picture and the relentless demands of the day-to-day. 

Below are 7 common mistakes that make it hard to execute.  I’ve also included a strategy from the Critical Factors method I use with clients to help you do it better.

Bad People or Bad Management?

Bad People or Bad Management?

 The truth about a lot of the complaints we have about people is that they’re not bad people problems.  They’re management problems.

Good solid management training is rare.  Learn how people default to Micro or Good Luck Management and end up creating the people problems they complain about. More important, learn how to Actively Manage people for fewer headaches and better results.

MANAGEMENT: 7 Ways to Manage Without Micromanaging

MANAGEMENT:  7 Ways to Manage Without Micromanaging

NOBODY wants to be micromanaged.  And most of us don’t want to be a micromanager. 

Most micromanagers end up that way because they don’t really know how to delegate and/or they don’t have good people to give the work to.  Other managers, trying desperately to avoid being a micromanager/jerk, swing too far in the other direction.  

Good Luck Management isn’t actually better than micromanagement.   It’s just bad in a different way.

Learn the difference, and 7 smart ways to manage without micromanaging in this article.

HOW TO SCALE: The Problem with Personality Leadership

HOW TO SCALE:  The Problem with Personality Leadership

A lot of great entrepreneurs are essentially unicorns.  Smart, creative, high energy, enormous drive, and the ability to move people—they are not your average anything.  They can withstand the pressure and risks associated with starting a business and they have the smarts and willpower to run one. 

These “Personality Leaders” win because THEY can do things that other people can’t.   And that’s what gets them into trouble.