Choose stretch goals carefully. Exceeding “redline” too long will cause damage to engines, people, relationships & before long, your company.
Delegate once you’ve hired. Let them prove they can handle the work you hired them for. Leverage the time gained on the work you’re best at.
Three hours of focus time in a single block is the same as 1 focused hour in 3 parts scattered across a single day. Or is it?
When we don’t take the time to learn enough about a candidate, we risk hiring badly. That can disrupt our business more than the need we’re trying to fill.
The news seems to document a consistent parade of unethical behavior by executives. You see it both in “startups” (Uber, Theranos) and in more traditional large corporations. Even if you ignore Enron, Tyco, and the well-known cases, they’re in the news almost every week. Have you ever wondered how so many people with a severe […]
Labor Day seems like a good time to talk about…. labor. Montana has a few labor conflicts going on right now. A commonly solution to such problems is for the employees to organize. In other words, they’d become employees subject to collective bargaining done on their behalf by their labor union. Why do my employees […]
This is a little long, but bear with me, even if you aren’t into football. The football details are just a setup. Written by ESPN’s Matthew Berry about drafting fantasy football players, think about this when dealing with your team. “Quarterback A is, well, a work in progress. And that’s being kind. There were 31 […]
Last week in “Reflecting on Leadership“, I said “The more I thought about it, the more disturbing this reflection became. I thought back to any number of employers and client businesses and the training they offered to new team members. Training was never about preparing a new (albeit, sometimes experienced) employee to succeed / survive […]
Recently, I’ve been catching up on the Jocko podcast. Jocko is a former Seal who has built a leadership training business. As you might imagine, the podcast tends to focus on military leadership. Sometimes there are guests on the show, sometimes they’re going over a book, which could be anything from recent works to a […]
I graduated from college with a BS in Computer Science back in 1982. The timing was unfortunate. Interest rates had gone through the roof, cratering hiring, so the tried and true 1980s “every programmer graduate can find a job at an airline or oil company” situation was gone. My school’s BSCS was a very new […]