Category Archive: Leading

Seven Ways Leaders Move First for Best Results

Image source Moving first is the difference between leading and following. Seven ways leaders move first. Leaders: Move toward people first. When you wonder if you should greet someone, you should. Extend your… Continue reading

Getting Smart at being Wrong

Whoever said, “Fail often, fail fast, fail cheap,” has my respect. One challenge, however, is organizational expectations. Some within your organization have a low tolerance for failure. They choke creativity, stall innovation, and… Continue reading

Pareto: 80% of Your Time is Spent on Trivialities

The 80/20 rule (Pareto Principle) indicates 80% of your activities are trivial and 20% deliver results. Who wants to go to their CEO and say I’m wasting 80% of my time? It’s shocking… Continue reading

Gain Influence with Others by Seeing Yourself

I’m from Maine. My parents are from Maine, and so are my parent’s parents. We refer to ourselves as MAINEiacs and we have a reputation for stoicism. Maybe the cold winters make us… Continue reading

The Pain of Round Pegs in Square Holes

Passion is essential but it doesn’t solve everything. About a month ago I invited one of our lead people to take on a new role. It’s not working out and it’s my fault.… Continue reading

Crash! Smash! Bash! You’re Engine Hash

Image source I remember the day we found Shel Silversein’s children’s book, “Where the Side Walk Ends.” We were Christmas shopping in downtown Bangor, Maine. We laughed like children. Years later, we read… Continue reading