How to handle the Buzzkill on your team

Everyone hates a buzzkill.  You know who I’m talking about, that person in the office that smiles during a meeting but then starts a behind the scenes revolt with their negativity. I hate those types of people. In fact, there is nothing that will kill my creativity, energy, and focus quicker than a buzz kill.  … Continue reading How to handle the Buzzkill on your team

Getting the Pit Crew Involved

In continuing the quest for a strategy for having an efficient meeting, let's look at where most of the real answers to for most successful business strategies begin. Again, using our NASCAR analogy, I would like to take some time exploring the talent of the pit crew. In most cases, the driver, although extremely skilled … Continue reading Getting the Pit Crew Involved

Go Faster, Get Over, or GET OUT OF THE WAY!

No, the picture is not of me, but it could be.  I am not known for my patience in any capacity, most notably on the road.  Being the driver I am, I blow a gasket when I get behind an idiot driver who is in the center lane, not going the speed limit or even … Continue reading Go Faster, Get Over, or GET OUT OF THE WAY!

Calling in a Threat During a Meeting

Go ahead and admit it, you've thought about it.  There you are, sitting in another one of those marathon meaningless meetings, wishing you were on an episode of SAW rather than sitting in that cramped room listening to the same speech over and over again.  Then, one happy thought skips across your mind as a … Continue reading Calling in a Threat During a Meeting

Why You Never Heard “Follow the Manager”

In case you haven't noticed in previous posts, I have a thing against managers. Notice I said managers and not leaders. You never hear people refer to Steve Jobs as a great manager do you? Or that a president was nominated to be the Manager of the Century. The fact is, we do not look … Continue reading Why You Never Heard “Follow the Manager”

Tip for Success: Know When to Shoot the Bird

Have you ever tried doing something to push yourself out of your comfort zone and against the odds, only to have nay-sayers constantly balking at you every step of the way? Like the poor climber in this picture, leading a change or striving toward success can be extremely difficult all by itself. However, when you … Continue reading Tip for Success: Know When to Shoot the Bird

$28,000 Worth of Education only Taught Me the P-Factor

A couple of weeks ago we moved and as always with the process, I found items I had forgotten about. One of these was a stack of notebooks from some of my college courses. Of course, this began a trip down memory lane of my college years. I had a number of extraordinary professors throughout … Continue reading $28,000 Worth of Education only Taught Me the P-Factor

Why You SHOULD “Date” Those Who Report to You

Why You SHOULD “Date” Those Who Report to You! Posted on April 21, 2011 by wtrentcotton One of the most misunderstood leadership concepts surrounds recruiting. Most managers botch the recruiting function in two ways: They are reactionary to openings Once someone has joined, they stop recruiting In essence, recruiting is much like dating and the relationship … Continue reading Why You SHOULD “Date” Those Who Report to You

Being a “Ghost Hunter” Leader

There are tons of shows out there around the whole idea of hunting for ghosts. Some are incredibly ridiculous and could be a better fit on the Comedy Channel rather than the channels they are on. My favorite is Ghost Adventures with the muscular frat guy and his two pals who like to make themselves … Continue reading Being a “Ghost Hunter” Leader

How to Avoid The Age of the Ego

Yes, we are all witnesses to egomania weren't we? I'm not even a basketball fan and got tired of all of the hype regarding Lebron's epic decision. Then, as if that were not enough, we had to continue to hear more about his epic skills throughout the year. Yeah, how'd that work out for the … Continue reading How to Avoid The Age of the Ego