Great Leaders Are Anxious To Give Credit To Others!

Helping others to their own success

Helping others to their own success

Story #1. I gave David, the board member, several ideas privately on how he could improve the new business strategy of the startup.  I expected him to go directly to the CEO and explain these to him. To my pleasant surprise he made all the suggestions in an email and attributed all the ideas to me, thus giving me full credit for them. My respect for him increased exponentially.  I will always be willing to help David.

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Great Leaders Don’t Swear!

Woman-SwearingShe was fairly attractive and very engaged in the project, but every time you spoke to her, you had to mentally dodge garbage coming from her mouth.  Simply speaking about an upcoming launch of an Intranet project meant that you had to deal with injections of references to the sex act, as well as her other litany of repeated oral puss. How did she think that fit into the context of this project. Its not like it happened just once, this thing for her was a real habit.

I did not look forward to meetings with her, and she did periodically apologize for swearing, but the apology did not make up for it. I was always glad when the meetings with her were finally done. She was a burden on many levels.  Continue reading

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

Five Critical Character Attributes of Great Leadership with Authority

Great leaders do not need to have authority or positions of power.  There are many examples of leaders who have changed the world without any type of authority, such as Mahatma Gandhi and his Salt March in 1930, or Dr. Martin Luther King and his March on Washington in 1963. Mahatma Gandhi on Salt March in 1930They did not hold political office, or military authority.  They had no authority over employment, wages, or social services.  Yet, it was still only through authority that the laws were eventually changed to reflect their goals. Leadership may provide the motivation, but authority still holds the necessary keys to change. Dr. Martin Luther King at the March on Washington 1963

A business leader will need to have  the following five required leadership skills and the authority to be the most affective. Continue reading

The Golden Hour and Leadership


Leadership, just like good photography, has to take advantage of the “Golden Hour” 

Sunset on Mauna Kea Hawaii

Sunset on Mauna Kea Hawaii: Photo by John Tanner

Photographers are acquainted with the term “the golden hour”. It refers to the timing related to where the sun is when you take photographs.  The golden hour is that time just around sunrise and sunset and it usually is no longer than an hour.  Colors and shadows are unique and vibrant, and you can take advantage of the angles of natural light. To catch the golden hour takes time and effort. I took the above photo during this golden hour in 2014 on the Island of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea. Continue reading