Articles on: Leadership

The Futility of Pushing a String…

You’re familiar with this situation. You’ve got an employee or someone on your team who does exactly what you tell them… but never any more than that, and to make things even more challenging, they’ll only do it when they’re explicitly told to do it. It’s the frustration and futility of pushing a string.  Dwight […]

The Art of Empowerment

As Baby Boomer business owners continue to race towards retirement, the Gen X’s and Millennials are being tasked to carry the mantle of business onward.   Whether it’s by sale, transition, or succession the torches of ownership are being passed at a record pace.  A by-product that has resulted from this mass exodus is an […]

Leadership or Management? You Need Both!

Leadership or management – which one is more important if you’re a business owner? It’s a bit of a trick question – the reality is they’re both critical if you’re going to succeed in the long run. When you first start a business, as the owner you’re responsible for it all. Finding the opportunities, delivering, […]

Tripwires, Van Halen and M&Ms – How to make better decisions

Sometimes the most important decision you need to make is the one that you don’t even realize needs to be made…  We all get stuck in ‘autopilot’ mode at times – we’re busy, things are moving, we’ve got a lot going on, but we’re not really paying attention. It’s human nature to put things off, especially […]

Do you have a Thoroughly Modern Workplace?

It’s likely you’ve never heard of Frederick Winslow Taylor…but it’s almost a certainty that he’s impacted  your business to a large degree. Back in the late 1800’s, Taylor was a pioneer of sorts.  As the son of a wealthy family, he could have done almost anything, but he found himself drawn to working in a factory…starting […]

Tired of pushing that rock uphill? Try this…

I met with a business owner a few weeks ago who was exhausted.  This wasn’t just your common ‘I’ve had a long couple of days and I need some sleep‘ exhausted. This was more like ‘I have been pushing a huge rock uphill for years and I can’t take anymore‘ exhausted. He was burnt out. […]