Never Turn Down An Opportunity To Add Value

Each rung of the ladder requires you to produce more.

Each rung of the ladder requires you to produce more.

A company once hired me to organize their global e-mail system. The business had been quickly formed through acquisitions, and no time had been spent organizing technology, or taking advantage of economies of scale.  There were over 300 offices worldwide with nearly all of them on completely independent and different e-mail systems. There was no way to even know what the email addresses of most, let alone all of the company employees were. Sending an email to “everyone” was not possible. Continue reading

Choosing Leaders Is Not Only About Choosing The Confident

More on the outside than on the inside?

More on the outside than on the inside?

He was gregarious, funny, confident, understood what needed to be done and appeared to be a perfect leader candidate. His pre-show trailer was quite good, but once in the position the damage began. Confidently managing up was his best skill, and with brutality was how he confidently managed down.  Everyone has seen this scenario play out; like going to a movie with a great trailer, but the actual movie is offensive.

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True Leaders Cannot Be Bribed!!

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The 2002 Winter Olympic games was won from the experience gained by losing the 1998 bid to Japan.  The Utah bid committee had spent over $16 million on the 1998 Olympic bid. Later analysis implied that they had been out “gifted” by the Japanese. The Nagano Japan region’s governor said the city had provided $4.4 Million in just entertainment costs alone to win the bid. The 2002 bid committee made an adjustment.

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