See Dick Run…His Team Into The Ground

“Everything you do affects other people down the line!’ were the words that bellowed, angrily, from Dick’s reddened face as he pushed the team to work faster with fewer errors. It was four o’clock in the morning and I was packing trucks at UPS during the peak holiday season.  The kids were young and I […]

Are You A Talker Or A Doer?

In order to navigate today’s rough waters we must do more than talk about it, we must do! One of the best action leaders I have ever served with was a man named, Russ. He had an ability to take an abstract idea and drive it home to completion unlike anybody I had ever seen. […]

2 Ways To Get To Different

I’ve always been a bit different. The stench of sweat, mothballs and fear permeated the room as the timer went off and the instructor said, “Go!” It was our final locker inspection for my graduation from boot camp and we all needed to pass in order to move on to the next “adventure.” 80 sweaty, […]

How To Manage the Remote Employee

I had worked tirelessly on my end of the month report to let my boss know what I had done.  I didn’t see him except for once or twice a year so I figured that he really needed to know what I was doing and how well I was doing it.  I smugly sat back […]

Show Your Ass and Laugh!

RIP!!!  The seam in the back of my dress uniform pants completely gave out.  Admittedly, I had packed on some serious pounds.  I had quit smoking and substituted the smokes for anything sweet around. (Okay, that’s just an excuse…I love donuts and had had a continual stream of them going into my mouth.) That morning […]

How to Establish Your Authority

I was a 30 year old “boot” Lieutenant who had just volunteered to be in charge of a 300 person security department.   Uncle Charlie (whose name has been changed to protect the innocent) was a seasoned Police Officer with over 30 years on the job and one of my Precinct Commanders (I had three Precincts).  […]

Turn Off The Flash

Abby (my youngest daughter) walked over to me and said, “Dad, that is Jenny’s grandma” and, very stealthily, nodded in the direction of an elderly woman waiting (like we were) for her car to get done with its oil change.  I said, “Well, go up and say hello!” Abby looked at me incredulously.  Being somewhat […]

4 “No Fail” Motivation Strategies

Money is great! It makes the world go around. It motivates some to perform better for a while (in it’s pursuit) but that “superior” performance is usually short lived. In the same respect, threats, barking orders and intimidation have never moved any team that I was on to surpassing goals and moving to new levels […]

What’s In A Name?

Growing up, my ol’ man had a nickname for everyone. I don’t know if it was because he couldn’t remember anyone’s name or because he thought it was funny. Whatever the reason, if you knew him (and he liked you) you got assigned a name. At his work there was a Flopjaw, Leo, Goliath, and […]

Unconventional Process!? Unconventional Results!

The stench of sweat, mothballs and fear permeated the room as the timer went off and the instructor said, “Go!” It was our final locker inspection for my graduation from boot camp and we all needed to pass in order to move on to the next “adventure.” 80 sweaty, stinky, and desperate men sped to […]