Sunday, May 12, 2019

Shifting of the Leadership Dialog

Yesterday's Leaders vs. Today's Leaders

Yesterday's Leaders say
   "You should..."
Today's Leaders say
   "I believe that..."

Yesterday's Leaders say
   "I can't believe you did..."
Today's Leaders say
   "How did that happen?"

Yesterday's Leaders say
   "Why didn't you...?"
Today's Leaders say
   "What other options were available...?"

Yesterday's Leaders say
   "Just do it!"
Today's Leaders say
   "We need this now!"

Yesterday's Leaders say
   "You better get it together..."
Today's Leaders say
   "I'm concerned about your behavior, how can I help?"

When it comes to Leadership; What got you here, will not get us there.

Lead better, or be replaced by better leaders.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

What Got You Here, Will Not Get You There

"What got you here, will not get you there." ~ Marshall Goldsmith

Tomorrow's organizations will need to be both Smart and Healthy-

Smart Organizations are excellent in:
  • Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Technology
These organizations are task-oriented and focus on getting things done.

Healthy Organizations demonstrate:
  • Cohesiveness
  • Clarity of purpose, direction and communication
  • High morale
  • High productivity
  • Low turnover

These organizations are people-oriented and focus on building better people and a better team.

Common threads in both Smart and Healthy Organizations:
  • Vulnerability trust
  • Healthy conflict
  • Team commitment
  • Peer accountability
  • Results driven

Championship-level performing organizations are both Smart AND Healthy.

Both models combine to answer the following questions:
  1. Why do we exist?
  2. How do we behave?
  3. What do we do?
  4. How will we succeed?
  5. What is most important, right now?
  6. Who must do what?

Monday, March 4, 2019

Leadership and Joy

Leadership and Joy

Leadership and joy are not finite games.
Leadership and joy are infinite games, played by continuously improving participants.

When it comes to leadership and joy, there are no finish lines.

You will never be "the best" leader.
You will never be "the most joyous" person.

You will always be learning to be a better leader and learning to find more joy.

Leaders find joy in learning.
Learning will help you teach others to find joy.

Leaders are dealers in joy.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Encouraging the Empowered

When leaders empower, they give qualified team members control over their work.
Encourage the "empowered" to find their way, not yours.

Everyone must agree on the vision and goals, but how to get it done is up to the "empowered" and small teams who are closest to the work.

Keep in mind, encouragement isn't telling someone they did a good job when they fell short. That's a lie that affirms indifference and mediocity.
Never affirm lackluster performance due to lack of preparation, low effort, or want of commitment.

Leaders need to be empathetic, yes, because empathy says, "I understand you".
Encouragement says, "I believe in you".
Too much empathy validates lack of effort and causes self-indulgence.
Encouragement says, "You can reach higher."

Bottom Line: Guide the "empowered" by showing a little empathy, and giving lots of encouragement.



*This posting was inspired by Dan Rockwell, Leadership Freak

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Monday, December 31, 2018

Coaching the Un-Coachable

I often hear that so many entrepreneurs are not coachable.

 5 tips to enhance your coaching experience with entrepreneurs:

1. Ask "how can I help?", before helping.

2. Ask for permission to coach, before coaching.

3. When they ask you for help, ask them what have they done so far.

4. Be an expert on not being an expert.

5. Most importantly, never say "you should have done it this way." say something like... "what would      it look like if you do it this way?"

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Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Eve 1989

***Worth Repeating***

It was 5:00 pm Christmas Eve 1989, and I was locking the front door of the supermarket where I was Store Manager.

Over the years, I had made it a tradition for me to be the "closer" of the store on Christmas Eve.

Inside the store, my employees were rushing around counting their register tills, sweeping the floor, and generally preparing the store for closing down, so they all could rush home to their families for Christmas.

At approximately 5:30pm, I heard someone tapping on the front door.

“I just got off work and I need to shop for my family", the gentleman on the other side of the glass door shouted.

“Sorry, we are closed.” I answered.

“Please, I really need to shop and you are the only grocery store open.”

In the background several of my employees yelled out to me… “Mr. Gambone, I hope you don’t let him in, we all want to go home.”

I turned to my office manager and said , “Cindy, I feel bad for this guy…will you stick around with me until we get him checked out.”

She looked at me with a frown, “Well, I hope he only needs a few things, OK.”

We let him in…he was very gracious, grabbed a buggy and started to shop.

“I’ll only take a few minutes,” he said.

Then all of a sudden, he turned around and looked at Cindy and me in desperation… “Shit!..I’m sorry for swearing, but I left my wallet in my overalls at work….I can’t believe this!!!”

He abandoned the buggy and started walking towards the front door to leave.

Cindy looked at me and said… “Well, I guess we can leave now.”

“Hold on!” I said… “Sir, you pick up what you need and come back the day after Christmas and pay us.”

Cindy looked at me as if I was crazy. The gentleman was overjoyed and continued to shop.

When he completed his shopping, Cindy and I checked him out and bagged his groceries. He purchased lots of milk, cereal, bread and basic groceries along with some gift-wrap and children’s toys.

We wished him a Merry Christmas as he left and Cindy and I locked up and went home to our families.

.....wait for it...........................................................



...............the gentleman never returned...................

Yes, I took some heat from my Regional Manager when he found out…but that’s okay. I knew in my heart that it was right thing to do at the time.

It is moments like this is my life when I am reminded of the words from my mentor, Lou Z....

“The good you do, will come back to you.”

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and may you and your family have a safe and glorious New Year.

Bob Gambone, The Pecan Pie Guy
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Friday, December 14, 2018

12 Reasons Why Meetings May Suck!

Team meetings are very productive when leaders take charge.

I'm not just talking about starting and ending the meeting on time, that's a given.

I'm saying that leaders need to be aware of the following 12 reasons why meetings may suck:

1. Bloviators

2. Texting under the table

3. No agenda

4. We covered this last time

5. Irrelevant attendees

6. Pretending to take notes, but really sending emails.

7. Ignored or disregarded remote participants.

8. Rabbit chasing

9. Could we please do something

10. It could have been an email.

11. No call to actions

12. Meeting hijackers


I'm sure you can add to this list. 


Bottom line: eliminate bad meeting behavior.

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