In talking with small business owners, I am surprised how many have trouble off the top of their heads responding to simple questions like what are your revenues, how much is in your bank account, and what is your cash flow? Research studies find over… Read More »Really Understanding Financials: A Key to Small Business Success
The purpose of this blog is to weave the story that power is the interwoven fabric of leadership. You might say, “You will have to convince me. Rosabeth Moss Kanter once wrote that “Power is America’s last dirty word. It is easier to talk about… Read More »Is Power a Dirty Word?
Leadership does not have a simple formula for every situation. A lot of the leadership theory comes from academicians studying a formulation of their leadership model from observing the real world. They test the model with empirical research to determine results on performance. Then, it’s… Read More »Maturing your leadership: Situation Based
Change is rapidly accelerating and becoming more chaotic. Leadership agility is a competency every leader should learn. The main purpose of this blog is to say that will not be enough for your company. If you want your company to survive without a premature death,… Read More »Learning Organization: Your Company’s Survival Depends on It
It is undeniable that change is accelerating and becoming more chaotic. Leaders need to understand this change. What is driving the change? What are the implications on your leadership? Technology is driving the change. Model of Technology Change I have put together a model to… Read More »A Rapidly Changing Chaotic World Requires Leadership Agility
What is Servant Leadership all about? Robert Greenleaf’s ideas on Servant Leadership have gained quite a group of dedicated followers since the publication of his essay in 1970. He articulated, “It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then… Read More »Why isn’t Servant Leadership more Pervasive?
Are you a manager or leader, or both? When I taught Strategic Leadership, the students had to read John Kotter’s 1990 article on “What Leaders Really Do.” Kotter was very effective in setting out different functions for leaders and managers such as leaders align people as… Read More »What’s the difference between a Manager and Leader?
Many researchers find your character to be the most important leadership ingredient. Over multiple decades, research studies on character and its derivate corollaries such as authentic leadership, emotional IQ, ethics and so forth find character to be core to leadership success. Some authors have coined… Read More »Your Personal Character: Ignore at your own Leadership Peril
You often hear about the triple bottom line for companies or the 3 Ps of People, Planet (as in save the planet), and Profits. I am a fan of this thinking on what a company must achieve. I think there are some similarities with leadership. My 3 Ps for… Read More »The 3 P’s of Leadership
Would you like your small business to Take-off? In 2018, 9% of small businesses made more than one million (SBA.gov). If you are one of these 1 out of 10 small businesses and have revenues less than ten million, then you have reached a unique… Read More »Achieving the Take-Off Stage in Small Business