Tag: b3l1

Becoming a Best Boss – Level One – “Know Thyself”
This is the level where we come to know the unchanging parts of ourselves and learn to manage the person we are. To manage oneself, one must first know oneself.

To be an effective CEO or manager, you must know and control your time and priorities. This means you must track your time and priorities. You need to do it. And, you need the managers who report to you to also do …

How to Track your Time and Priorities in 15 Minutes Read More »

Tagged with: , , ,

For the manager who wishes to become a Best Boss, there is no learning without reflection. Yet I sometimes find clients or potential clients who are unwilling or unable to reflect or journal. This inability prevents coaching and learning from …

How to Reflect in a Daily Journal Read More »

Tagged with: , , , ,

Face-to-face communication remains the most powerful persuasion tool humans have. That is why every leader needs to be able to create and deliver a speech. No other communications modality gives you the leverage of an in-person speech: You reach more …

How to Create the Outline for a 25-Minute Talk Read More »

Tagged with: , , ,

Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done. – Peter Drucker I interviewed Tripp Babbitt, host of the new Deming Institute podcasts and author of an excellent free e-book, The …

Your Service Quality Journey and the 95 Method – with Tripp Babbitt Read More »

Tagged with: , , , ,

Experience is mandatory. Learning is optional. Today’s headlines include the news that Washington State is legalizing the recreational sale of marijuana. How should a leader — or aspiring leader — handle such a potentially disruptive event? By learning from it. …

Selling Pot in Washington State, and How to Predict the Future by Journaling Read More »

Tagged with: , , ,

Bosses are merely human. A little more likely to be male, to be older, to be a “D” (Decisive) on the DISC profile. But no more or less virtuous than the rest of humanity. Which is exactly why they should be held …

How to Not Be a Jerk Boss Read More »

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

My client Mick has a friend he admires — Jo. They’re both solo professionals, both lawyers, with adjacent specialties. They refer work to each other and don’t compete directly. Jo is a monster of efficiency. When they compare results, Jo …

How to Ask your Efficient Friend for Help Read More »

Tagged with: , ,

Jim walked out of a recent meeting with his promising, smart new teammate, Jill, seething with frustration. “I can’t tell which Jill will show up — Jeckyll or Hyde,” he spluttered to his coach. Jim’s gestures were sharp, fast slashes at …

Not Knowing Communication Styles can Sabotage your Work Read More »

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,

Portlanders will vote on the creation of a new water district in May, potentially wresting control of water from the City Council. In other words, a reorg. It’s not just voters who feel this urge, when frustrated by performance. Too …

Don’t Reorganize — Instead, Fix the Fundamentals Read More »

Tagged with: ,

Auto recalls come and go. The current recall is for ignitions. Previously it was, I believe, floor mats. Next it’ll be turn signals, or perhaps fuzzy dice. (My tone here is light, however let’s not forget that faulty ignitions and …

Car Ignition Recalls and Lean Product Design Read More »

Tagged with: , , , ,

As I look at current events in Syria and Ukraine, and talk to young adults, I realize how fragile our freedoms are. Life Liberty and Property When our forebears spoke and wrote about “Life, Liberty and Property” they were really …

Life Liberty and Property are the Future Present and Past Read More »

Tagged with: , ,

As the world watched the unfolding mystery of Flight 370, and the seemingly inept response by various officials and agencies, the wise manager or leader should feel worried.  (The horrible mud-slide in Washington State is even closer to home, for …

Flight 370 and Scenario Planning – How to Handle the Unexpected Read More »

Tagged with: ,

My mornings are best when I start them off reading something stimulating, challenging and enlightening. These are the books I couldn’t put down over the past few months. Each has an Amazon links, and many are available at your local …

Leader Bookshelf – Old and New Read More »

Tagged with: ,

This year’s State of the Union address holds many lessons for all leaders.  Here are three, and the actions I suggest for you. Know your Strengths and Weaknesses Know your Strategy Negotiate Dispassionately Know your Strengths and Weaknesses Peter Drucker …

State of Your Personal Union Read More »

Tagged with: ,

January needn’t be a time to make well intentioned promises to yourself that you soon break. (And most do get broken. According to a University of Scranton study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, 1/4 of resolutions only last a …

How to Simplify Your Life Read More »

Tagged with: , , , ,

By continuing to use the site, including clicking on navigation links, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close