I recently returned from a trip to Saudi Arabia. While there I had the opportunity to work with several major companies and organizations and develop both personal and professional relationships. It was an amazing experience. Prior to leaving on this trip I sat down and thought about my strategic intent. My goal was to be able to deliver ideas to the organizations I went to serve that would allow them to grow and flourish. I
Communicating with people in business is critical. Proper communication leads to excellent results. Improper communication or lack of communication means that we’re probably not going to get the results that we need. One important way to communicate is by establishing the right expectations. We are in fact accountable to establish those expectations. Expectations help drive results. Your team members will work towards those expectations that you together created. Those expectations will motivate them, it will
On a recent trip to San Diego I was involved with a group of 25 people. We were at the beach in front of the Del Coronado Hotel and decided to eat lunch there together. The restaurant we wanted to eat at was full but the restaurant right next door had a long table already set up and it was on the patio right adjacent to the patio of the operating restaurant. We spoke to
One of Steve Jobs’ famous quotes is, “Dream Bigger.” Steve understands that many times we are not limited by other people or elements beyond our control but rather we limit our self. Small dreams do not motivate us to try big things. If we set our activities on small goals then that is all we can achieve, and we naturally stop when we reach those goals. By expanding our dream we expand what is possible
“I’m not a quitter.” We’ve heard this battle cry before. But sometimes we need to be objective enough to evaluate our progress, our current position and the possibilities that lie ahead if we continue down the same path. Many times the true “winners” are those people who know when enough is enough, eliminate allocating valuable resources in a losing effort and move to a new direction that can be significantly more profitable. Learn three important
I was in Boston this week. I always enjoy Boston. It’s great to run along the Charles River and I have to have my clam chowder at Legal Seafood. But, the real treat was being invited to speak to the graduate students at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Each year MIT suspends classes for a week and has the Sloan Innovation Period. I was honored to be one of the outside faculty brought in to
With the release of the new Apple iPad Apple Inc. is changing the game. Already Seaton Hall University has announced that it will issue iPads to all students this fall. In the past two months since Apple announced the impending release of the iPad, 22% of all new mobile application developers’ projects were based on that platform. Apple is not only changing the game for their industry and with their competitors, but the devices they create are changing the game for other industries as businesses look to leverage and incorporate Apple’s technology moving forward.
While working with an organization’s board of directors recently we discussed the components of great leadership. Many ideas were expressed and it was an amazing experience discovering the differences and the commonalities between everyone’s views. In the end three traits stood out.
True story: Early in the Minnesota Twins 2009 exhibition season, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire discovered a note on his desk from Justin Morneau, his star first baseman. It read: “Gardy: I forgot to run sprints after the workouts yesterday; I am fining myself.” Next to the note was a hundred-dollar bill.
Was Justin Morneau accountable because he was a superstar, or was he a superstar because he was accountable?