High-Performing Jerks in the Office

Sitcom producers have made millions by capitalizing on the person in the office all of us love to hate. You know the person I'm talking about-the high performing jerk. The one no one likes but everyone caters to. The person everyone secretly wishes could be taken out by a hitman but would never say that out loud. So what do you do when you have a high performing jerk in the office?

The One Question to help Leaders Focus on Strategy-Lesson from Intel

When you think of Intel, you most likely think of the its dominance in the microprocessor industry. Most of us have forgotten how Intel broke into the market depending primarily on the production of its memory chips. This shift in product strategy altered the brand, making Intel a household name. What was the one question that helps leaders focus on strategy?

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

Do the Team a Favor-Get Rid of the Loser

If there is one thing that sends my blood pressure into orbit quicker than getting pulled over by a cop, it's managers who say, "But I can't get rid of them."  Um, to quote the recent presidential campaign, YES YOU CAN and to add to it, YES YOU SHOULD! Robert Weinberg’s book on cancer, “One … Continue reading Do the Team a Favor-Get Rid of the Loser

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!

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”

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

What Leaders Can Learn from The Costa Concordia Tragedy

The Costa Concordia was Europe's largest-ever cruise ship when it launched in 2006, however, not a lot is being said about that now with the ship being on the rocks.  Considering the age with high tech GPS and mapping systems,it is pretty hard to believe something like this could happen.  Furthermore, it is more than tragic the … Continue reading What Leaders Can Learn from The Costa Concordia Tragedy