Nothing is more destructive to a leader than his ego. Our ego is never more present that in an argument.
It’s our ego that insists our idea is the best, that we know the answer, that people just need to do what we say and everything will be good.
It’s our ego that makes us say snarky, sarcastic, cruel things to the people we love the most.
And it’s our ego that makes us get the last word in and do whatever it takes to “win” the argument.
Here’s a secret. You don’t win an argument by being right. You win an argument by being humble and curious. (more…)
If you avoid going to networking events even though you know they are good for your business, this article is for you.
Here’s a secret, I had a big problem as a self employed business owner who gets 100% of his new clients through word of mouth and referrals…I hated networking. I felt like a fraud; going to chamber of commerce mixers, rotary club meetings or other business networking events. The last thing I wanted to do was make small talk as I passed my business card out to a dozen people, hoping that they would hire me or send me business. (more…)
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, but the most adaptable.”
~Leon Megginson summarizing Charles Darwin’s book On the Origin of Species.
Your boss, whom you adore, leaves the company and is replaced by someone you don’t know.
Your wife tells you she’s leaving.
You lose your job.
Big changes that shake up our world are a regular, recurring part of life. So why is it so damn hard to respond quickly and move through the change? (more…)
This article is for managers, or people who want to be in management.
When I start coaching a manager, I ask them what a really good manager does. They inevitably tell me that good managers put out fires, answer questions, and remove obstacles that get in their employees way. “WRONG!” I tell them. Great coaching huh? (more…)
Its cliche for a business owner to say that his employees are the company’s greatest asset. But it’s extremely rare for an owner to actually act that way.
In fact, many leaders don’t have a clue when it comes to building a culture and a company that fosters loyalty among their best employees. (more…)