My wife’s grandfather used to walk around his factory every morning, greeting each employee by name and catching up on what was going on with their work and their life.  This morning routine took a good amount of time, but whenever someone mentioned that he might want to stop, he assured them that this was critical to the success of the factory.  He wanted his employees to know that they could always come to him and he felt that these morning chats also helped him stay on-top of everything going in his business. Management by walking around may seem basic, ...

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Leaders are decisive.  And this is not an easy thing for many people. And here’s the great thing, you can learn to be more decisive.  You’re not stuck with your current ability to make a decision and take action.  It comes down to something you’ve probably heard from me time and time again, confidence.  Confidence is the key to being decisive. When you have confidence you tend to focus on the future and not agonize over “mistakes” from the past.  This does something very powerful for you, if you give yourself permission to make mistakes, learn from them and move ...

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You are so talented! You have a gift. You’re a natural. Have you ever heard those words? Ever said them to someone else? On the surface, they seem like positive, encouraging words. But the question is…what did they have to do to earn them? Well, if someone is talented, they have a gift, or are a natural, the answer is nothing. They simply had to be born. So if someone is born talented, how do they get better? Get born-again? Of course, the answer is practice, but why should they practice? They are, after all, a “natural.” Undoubtedly, talent can ...

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Do you remember when you were a kid and you did things just because…just because it was fun…just because you wanted to? Maybe it was playing sports or a musical instrument. Do you remember those moments? And then someone comes along and says, “Oh, you’re really good, to get better you should set a goal and practice every day.” Did you ever notice how when that happens, all of a sudden, it no longer seems as fun? In fact, it became almost like it was work or a chore. And since it was no longer fun, we didn’t perform as ...

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What do we do at a green light? Right…we go. Red light? Stop. Yellow light? Go faster! Well…maybe we shouldn’t but that’s what Jeff Bridges’ character observantly comments in the 1984 sci-fi classic Starman. In business, as in life, we have our green lights, yellow lights, and red lights. Green and red lights are easy. It’s the yellow lights that give us cause for concern. Do slow down and stop or do we speed up to get through it? There’s no one right answer because it depends on your situation but you can become aware of your default response. For ...

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