All Blog Posts Tagged 'leadership' (75)


Non-Operator
The turnaround is at hand

A friend of mine recently left his comfortable corporate mid-management position returning to manage and own a restaurant. This particular restaurant is one in a well-known regional chain with a quality reputation. The location is an excellent one in a growing north Dallas suburb with great visibility and an outstanding sales history. That is until a couple of years ago when a significant competitor opened near one of the up and coming regional shopping mega centers (malls and strip centers)… Continue

Added by Mark Frank on December 9, 2008 at 7:29am — 4 Comments

Myth #5 – My Boss is Stupid!



“If I were the boss I'd…..”

“He just doesn’t listen…..”

“I think she's having a bad day and taking it out on us…”

“I mean, come on, he doesn’t get it…”

“What a Micro Manager…”

“How did she get to this level….?”




You've heard them, the snide remarks about the boss' effectiveness. You may even have engaged in a conversation or two yourself about your current leader's abilities or lack there of. Ever think,… Continue

Added by Andy Swingley on October 21, 2008 at 8:03pm — 16 Comments

Myth #3 - His is Bigger than Mine!!



In our continued discussion about “Myths of Advancement,” we have explored the concept of team in "Don’t Outrun the Bear, Outrun the other Hunters” and drilled down on the individual in the “Blind Squirrel Syndrome”. This week’s installment is about how to properly seek… Continue

Added by Andy Swingley on October 7, 2008 at 6:17pm — 6 Comments

A story of transparent leadership

One of my favorite quotes is,



“being the authentic, unapologetic you is totally on trend.”



I wish it were more true. We all harbor a burning desire to be able to just “be ourselves.” I’m confident that in an environment where this is possible our potential is limitless.



I’m convinced that leaders wanting to inspire others to action should be transparent. With our recent economic crisis, failing businesses everywhere and the… Continue

Added by Amanda Hite on October 7, 2008 at 9:56am — 2 Comments

Blind Squirrel Syndrome



“Even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes."



Last week's first blog in my series, "Myths of Advancement" was about getting everyone to the promised land in results and keeping that hungry bear from eliminating any from your team. This week's blog drills down more to how you can advance by ensuring others around you understand fully what THEY… Continue

Added by Andy Swingley on September 30, 2008 at 12:22pm — 7 Comments

The Cornerstone to Your Management Success

Imagine, if you will, two individuals with equal intelligence and equal ability entering the marketplace.

Both given the same opportunities, what causes one individual to achieve average success, and the other to excel, really excel?



I used to ask myself this questions, because I really wanted to Excel.



As a matter of fact, ‘My Story’ was fashioned by the answer to this question.



I went to work everyday. I showed up on time, I kept my uniform looking good.… Continue

Added by Bill Baumgartner on September 20, 2008 at 2:59pm — 7 Comments

Corporate BS, terms to 86 from your vocab.

Ever since I relocated my office in walking distance from my bedroom I've been working on detoxing my tongue from corporate linguistics. Here are 10 of the many played out terms ( and what they really mean) from the Dictionary of Corporate BS. If you want to be relevant and authentic in your leadership I recommend 86ing them from your vocabulary.



The 'tone' is all in fun, enjoy..



I’ve… Continue

Added by Amanda Hite on August 19, 2008 at 4:51am — 175 Comments

Overcomplicating…..your next leadership road hazard!



So I am standing downtown a few days ago waiting to give my wife a ride home and it's 2:00pm, well past the lunch hour, downtown, and a nearby hot dog stand has a line of 15 people waiting for a hot dog. Are hot dogs really that good? I have heard about some of the things those tubes of death have in them, so why are so many people waiting to be disappointed?



I move up closer to evaluate it in consultant stealth mode. Here is what I… Continue

Added by Andy Swingley on August 6, 2008 at 2:00am — 6 Comments

Loopholes in leadership

No matter where we work, we discuss leadership a lot — very understandable since it's an important facet of running our businesses. But let's take a step back and look around us. How many great leaders do we know? Some of us may know quite a few, while others may just shake their heads or shrug.



I say that for every good leader I know, there's one or more who doesn't live up to his or her promise. Incidentally, just as I was thinking about this, I received a very timely… Continue

Added by restaurantdotorg on August 4, 2008 at 7:28am — 5 Comments

Victim Mentality….Another Leadership Road Hazard



Do you wait and hope it gets better?

Do you blame others?

Do you blame the current economic conditions on your business struggles?

Is your boss impossible and doesn’t listen?

Despite all your hard work does no one notice and acknowledge your contributions?

Are you underpaid, overworked, taken for granted?

Do people just not “get you”



If so you may be suffering from the age old syndrome…Victim… Continue

Added by Andy Swingley on July 30, 2008 at 3:30am — 13 Comments

Measuring Effort ahead of Results… a Leadership Road Hazard!





I have recently found myself caught up in this leadership issue. As you are developing a new concept, brand, or operation there is always a road to success that is potholed with setbacks, employee issues and redirections based on the business environment. As we know from any leadership book and personal successes, people do enjoy winning and I believe that the largest percentage of us get up every morning intent on… Continue

Added by Andy Swingley on July 23, 2008 at 3:00am — 5 Comments

Something Might Happen!

I have FohBoh to thank for this, my first foray into blogging. It's a culmination of a few things actually.



I love technology. I grew up with it. My first real computer was a time-sharing system. Dial up? Yes, but the "keyboard and monitor" were a clunky teletype system. On a good day you might even hear me tell some stories about DARPAnet. I've played with mainframes, minicomputers and PC’s starting with DOS 1.0.



I’d giggle inside my head when visiting friends and I saw… Continue

Added by Mark D. Dion on July 17, 2008 at 8:15pm — 1 Comment

What is DIVERSITY and Why Should I Care?

By Gregg Ward, CMC

Workshop Presenter at CHART Conference: August 10, 2008



A few months ago, I was sitting at a swanky professional association dinner in a nice hotel in San Diego chatting with a corporate attorney, a chief financial officer and a number of other corporate officers - all white people - when one of them asked me what I do. I replied "I'm a diversity expert." Blank faces...none of them, not one, knew what I meant.

To be honest, I'm pretty used to that… Continue

Added by Gregg Ward, CMC on June 10, 2008 at 4:45pm — 4 Comments

4 stepsof leadership growth

this is from a book i read by john c. maxwell, it shows that not everyone is a natural born leader and just like most things in life in order to get good at something you have to practice and know your strengths and weaknesses in what you are trying to improve.

step 1 I don't know what i don't know.

its simple...as long as a person doesn't know…

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Added by ethan seiden on February 17, 2008 at 12:18am — 4 Comments

Vision And Examples of Great Leaders



Moment of Euphoria, Moment of Happiness!…

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Added by Euphoria Smoothies on January 25, 2008 at 11:48am — No Comments

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