Miscellaneous

September 2015: What Does “Success” Look Like To You?

September 2015: What Does “Success” Look Like To You?

This month I ran across quite a few articles on things that successful people do and don’t do. I am going to share those. But, first, I wanted to mention what happened. When I ran across the first two articles, I got excited to write about success and the things people do. Especially persistence. But then – I realized these are about wealthy people habits – it caused me to reflect on exactly what is success. Like a lot of people I mistakenly tend to define success in terms of career achievements or monetary success vs. some of the things that are actually the most important in life.

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July 2015: Pareto Principle Applied to Productivity – What Is A Leadership HPA?

July 2015: Pareto Principle Applied to Productivity – What Is A Leadership HPA?

Many people have heard of the Pareto Principle. Also known as the 80/20 rule. In sales I was taught that 80% of your sales come from 20% of your clients. In quality control, I was taught it represents the most common sources of defects or the highest occurring type of defect. In client services, 80% of a company’s complaints come from 20% of its customers. In finance, 80% of profits come from 20% of products. The applications go on and on. So what does this have to do with leadership – or productivity?

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June 2015: Green Berets: Business and Leadership Advice from the Original Special Forces

When I was growing up, I hadn’t heard of “Special Ops”, Navy SEALS or even a Delta Force. I thought we had one group – THE SPECIAL FORCES who wore Green Berets and were the best of the best the U.S. military had to offer. Now we have US Special Operations Command USSOCOM and all the branches have an elite Special Operations unit or units.

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May 2015: Motivation For Vets Who Want To Start Or Own A Business

What do the founders of WalMart, Wendy’s, Motown Records, FedEx, AOL, GoDaddy, and Walgreens all have in common? That’s right. They are all veterans who started their own business after their service to the nation.

I am writing this month to a smaller, more niche audience. My apologies. But if just one Vet who was thinking of launching a business or buying into a franchise takes the leap it will be worth it. If you are not a Vet – I think you too will enjoy the personal stories and advice in the articles below, but also please forward this link to a Vet friend or two.

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March 2015: How Can A Business Leader Use the Army’s WARNOs, FRAGOs And OPORDs?

This past month I had the pleasure of picking up and reading a book from a friend of mine Tom Magness. It is called Leader Business: Battle-Tested Leadership Strategies For Any Organization. Great read for new and established leaders alike. It helped to refresh and remind me of the many simple and easy to use [...]

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January 2015: What Makes US Navy SEALs So Special?

This past weekend like millions of others, I went to watch “American Sniper” and loved it. I also finally watched “Captain Phillips” on HBO this week. Tom Hanks was phenomenal. Both films highlight the elite Navy SEALs. I have yet to see “Lone Survivor”, but that is another real life combat story turned into a [...]

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December 2014: Two Things All Leaders Can Learn from Eagle Scouts

As part of TD Foundation I have had the great pleasure of working with two Boy Scouts as part of their Eagle Scout projects. One from New Jersey and one from Massachusetts. They both selected our charity to be the recipient of their project. When the second one approached me about a year after the first, I unknowingly offered to send him the first project plan. He insisted that he could not review or use the work of another Scout and must do it entirely by himself. No one would have known. I didn’t. But, he would have and that is all that mattered.

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November 2014: Delegation: What Are You Waiting For? A Practitioner’s Guide

A recently promoted friend of mine joined me for lunch. He had something on his mind. He loved being a manager and yet had difficulties passing on tasks to his team. 6 months into his new role he asked his former colleagues, now direct reports, for feedback on his performance so far – they said give us MORE. His own team was telling him to delegate more and do less of his old job. My buddy is not alone.

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May 2014: Grit: Persistence Alone Is Omnipotent

I read a lot about performance, leadership, success, management, and relationships. Many will suggest that raw intelligence is the primary success factor (IQ), a more popular one in the past 25 years is (EQ) from an article called “Emotional Intelligence” by Peter Salovey and John “Jack” Mayer in 1990. Having a strong network and little bit of luck can be contributing factors as well argue others. But this month for 90-Second In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) blog I want to address a trait that I believe has a great deal to do with my own success as well as the success of many others. I want to talk about persistence.

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