Monthly Archives: October 2016

Do the Right Thing When No One is Watching

When I was an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, we took the concept of honor pretty seriously. Later, as a professor at the US Air Force Academy, we also thought honor was pretty important, and discussed the concept a lot with cadets before they went off to be Air Force lieutenants. One of the […]

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New Book: Cross the Lines

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I am very happy to announce that my new book, Cross the Lines: A Journey to Complete The Marathon Grand Slam, is now available. In 2008 I knew I wanted to get into better shape, but I also knew I was likely to get bored and quit. A friend suggested I sign up for a […]

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What’s In A Name?

People change, organizations change, needs change, and as a result, roles often change. When that happens, when it’s time to move a good performer out of a role but hold onto them for something else, think about what you’re going to call them. It matters. A recent article explored “the Chrysalis effect” in startups. This […]

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Right vs Right

Making decisions is one of the key elements of leadership. When all is said and done, that’s what you get paid to do. While it’s important to have technical skills and an understanding of business needs, the real usefulness of your knowledge lies in terms of helping you make decisions. Your employees create the product, […]

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“Idiots” is Often Too Strong of a Word

“Why, why, WHY would they do that????” How many times have you asked that question? How many times have you yelled it? When one of your employees does or suggests something that seems completely irrational, or when they refuse to accept what you know to be a perfectly logical idea, you might wonder why they […]

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A Pat on the Back

There is a lot to be said for getting positive feedback from your boss and your peers. Your employees probably didn’t enter their field to have someone patting them on the back, but still, it’s nice to know when your talents are recognized and appreciated. You should look for ways to acknowledge the talent that […]

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Recruiting Motivated Recruits

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If you are looking for people who are persistent, ambitious, and willing to try new things, you cannot always find that simply by looking at their CV. Consider looking at what they do outside of work, and see how that fits the image of the person you want working for you. I recently had a […]

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Making Up for Lost Time

We said earlier that you should not let someone’s long stretch of unemployment prevent you from hiring them. Your goal when hiring is to find people with the right talents who can fit well into your organization. Being unemployed should not be an automatic disqualifier. There is a good chance that this person has spent […]

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Bondage

When you provide your employees with professional development opportunities, you want to try to hold onto them afterwards, rather than having them run off to your competitors with skills and training for which you have paid. This makes sense. But try not to overdo it. When I was in the military, they paid for all […]

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