I recently returned from an overseas trip where I worked with several clients. The long trip back to the United States took 25 hours and needless to say, these long flights can be tedious. Yes, I packed my magazines and my books. I had my iPhone and my iPad and everything else that I needed to watch movies and entertain my self. But on the return trip, I tried to focus not so much on
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Do you have a leadership exit plan? That’s right, a leadership exit plan. In other words, have you developed leaders so that you have an exit plan? This is a way to move up in your organization, a way to develop further, a way to take on new responsibilities. You see, until you develop the people that are going to take your responsibilities, you’re not going to have the time to take on additional responsibilities.
Recently, I was in Nashville, Tennessee working with a client, speaking at a major conference. I had the opportunity to go downtown and have dinner at Jack’s, which is a famous barbecue restaurant. And why do I tell you this? Simply because what I found is Jack’s is a very accountable restaurant. They’re incredibly successful and I believe one of the reasons is that they are accountable to do the right things consistently. They know
I was studying an organization the other day and I realized that that organization had grown nicely over the course of two or three years and then they started to slip. So, I wanted to research why was the organization moving backwards after several years of sustained growth? And what I realized was that their offerings had become very diverse. Their strategic intent was not nearly as focused now as it had been in its
Recently, UPS eliminated all left hand turns. That’s right. They scheduled their freight deliveries only making right hand turns. Well, 90 percent of the turns are right hand turns. They basically said, “We don’t want to turn left. If it means going around the block, we’ll make those right hand turns.” As a result, they found they could save time and ultimately miles. How many miles? They saved over 2.8 million miles on their fleet
It seems lately that natural disasters are the order of the day. It’s an earthquake. It’s a tornado. It’s a hurricane. No matter what, it seems like in some part of the world, we’re experiencing hardships and companies and countries are having to face these hardships. Where does accountability come into this? One of the five accountabilities that I discuss in my latest book “No More Excuses” is that we’re accountable to make contributions to
As you can imagine, magazines’ editorial pages tend to rise or fall depending on the number of ad pages that they have. In the year 2000, magazines published by the Publishers Information Bureau had almost 287,000 ad pages while by the year 2009, the number of ad pages had diminished to almost 170,000 pages. That’s a 41 percent decrease. As you can imagine, these magazines were thinner. They were using less paper. Paper mills had
A few years ago, my wife and I went to Santa Fe, New Mexico. It’s a tremendous artist community and we wanted to look at many of the galleries that were there and enjoy the sites. We had no intention on buying anything. There’s a road just outside of the downtown market area called Canyon Road. It’s about a mile long and all of the homes on both sides of the road have been converted
Yesterday, I conducted a radio interview and after the interview, I realized that I’ve probably done hundreds of these over the years and I’ve shared hundreds of great ideas. Thinking back, I realized I probably heard an equal or greater number of ideas on the TV or on the radio. I’ve come to the conclusion that it is easier to learn than it is to apply. The difference between what we don’t know and what
I was working with a client yesterday and the client asked me, “How do I know what my strategic intent is?” Wow! That’s a powerful question because that’s the core of any enterprise. What is your strategic intent? Your strategic intent is what it is you’re trying to become. It’s the target that your organization revolves around. Maybe you’re trying to create or offer the number one selling accounting package for small and medium-sized businesses.