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Many viewers tune in on Thursday’s nights to watch Kerry Washington in her role as Scandal’s star, Olivia Pope, a crisis management expert to the President and high profiled individuals.
However, some of us need not wait to see the weekly series, when we can get a daily snapshot of scandalous activities in our respective workplaces!
The intriguing / inappropriate accompaniments – lies, harassment, innuendoes – are included in the roundup that has become standard office conduct. How about that!
If shouting matches, humiliating comments, degradation of coworkers, sexual escapades, theft, abuse, sabotage of material, discrediting others’ professional character, intellectual gymnastics to prove who is the smartest …. describe your office environment, you can perhaps identify with several, if not all of the above illustrations/post it notes.
Incredible, isn’t it?
If your office environment can put the successful “Scandal” to shame, send a brief narrative and character descriptions to its creative creator, Shonda Rhimes.
It may become her next blockbuster television series!
You then will “be in the money” and not in your scandalous office!
I’ll drink to that!
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I am feeling tremendously inspired these days.
I feel really blessed to enjoy what I do. I love the tasks, the people, and the environment.
I don’t even feel like I’m working at all.
Am I leading, managing, or just having fun?
I haven’t defined my actions.
However, let’s see what the experts say.
Some folks don’t desire leadership roles.
Why add the additional pressure?
But for those leaders out there, this one’s for you.
Though we use the terms interchangeably, one of the top masters of the game, Peter Drucker, defines management and leadership this way. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”
With that said, the question becomes – what type of leader are you?
According to several experts, leaders are classified like so:
1)“The pacesetting leader expects and models excellence and self-direction. If this style were summed up in one phrase, it would be “Do as I do, now.”
2)The authoritative leader mobilizes the team toward a common vision and focuses on end goals, leaving the means up to each individual. If this style were summed up in one phrase, it would be “Come with me.”
3)The affiliative leader works to create emotional bonds that bring a feeling of bonding and belonging to the organization. If this style were summed up in one phrase, it would be “People come first.”
4)The coaching leader develops people for the future. If this style were summed up in one phrase, it would be “Try this.”
5)The coercive leader demands immediate compliance. If this style were summed up in one phrase, it would be “Do what I tell you.”
6)The democratic leader builds consensus through participation. If this style were summed up in one phrase, it would be “What do you think?”
Management experts like to label the same things differently. So much for the nomenclature, it’s the outcome that counts; agreed?
All right, let’s look at another similar classification of leadership styles to bring the point home.
Here we go:
A laissez-faire leader lacks direct supervision of employees and fails to provide regular feedback to those under his supervision.
The autocratic leadership style allows managers to make decisions alone without the input of others. Managers possess total authority and impose their will on employees.
Often called the democratic leadership style, participative leadership values the input of team members and peers, but the responsibility of making the final decision rests with the participative leader.
Managers using the transactional leadership style receive certain tasks to perform and provide rewards or punishments to team members based on performance results. Managers and team members set predetermined goals together, and employees agree to follow the direction and leadership of the manager to accomplish those goals. The manager possesses power to review results and train or correct employees when team members fail to meet goals. Employees receive rewards, such as bonuses, when they accomplish goals.
The transformational leadership style depends on high levels of communication from management to meet goals. Leaders focus on the big picture within an organization and delegate smaller tasks to the team to accomplish goals.”
Back to me; the original question – that is.
Here lately these days, my passion lies in empowering others; in finding growth and opportunities for them personally, professionally, and to some extent, spiritually.
I consider myself an “old fashioned” motivator with a southern streak.
Maybe, that’s leading; maybe not.
I’ll say, you should follow the leader; whoever that may be.
I’ll help you … to follow the dollar!
Both paths should take you where you need to go!
Let’s go to work!
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Our time is so valuable. How it is used determines integral outcomes in our life. There is “never enough time in the day,” is an old adage whose meaning becomes more realistic daily. Thus, we need a plan, particularly when our utilization (of time) determines our income. What’s primary; what’s secondary? How do we make those determinations? As an entrepreneur, making a daily plan makes sense. Four questions / commands of relevancy may determine how our business grows.
1. What tasks make money now?
2. What tasks make money in the future?
3. Schedule money making tasks everyday.
4. Delegate tasks that need to be done, but not necessarily by you.
In quick simplistic terms, the answer as I see it, is a what and a how.
What can bring in the $$$ now, in the future; and how will it be accomplished.
Time management is a science with our utilization of same equating to outcomes … with generation of revenue being one.
How we spend our time – directly and indirectly – determines how much money is in our pockets!
What is our next step? There may be many. Hiring a full time employee may not be financially affordable, but support – be it virtual or a consultant – may be an avenue to explore.
Many of us learn by example. Oddly, some of us can’t resist learning the hard way. We may insist on experimenting with the “bought sense vs. learnt sense” hypothesis.
With quantitative and qualitative measurements, eventually, we will learn that we cannot do it all … by ourselves. When that realization clicks, we will “be in the money!”
Green is such a spendable and vibrant color! Get started planning the “how’s” and “what’s” of your day!
“The early bird catches the most worms!”
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We entrepreneurs dance to the beat of a different drummer. We are different with unique traits. Here lies –
15 Common Characteristics of Effective Entrepreneurs:
1. “You take action.
You Invent as you go.
2. You’re insecure.
Your insecurity drives you to achieve your goals.
3. You’re crafty.
You figure things out.
4. You’re obsessed with cash flow.
Liquidity is the name of the game.
5. You get into hot water.
You are never satisfied with the status quo.
6, You’re fearless.
You always see the potential.
7. You can’t sit still.
You are energized.
8. You’re malleable.
You are consistently evolving.
9. You enjoy navel gazing.
You are always evaluating yourself and your effectiveness.
10. You’re motivated by challenges.
Motivation comes naturally.
11. You consider yourself an outsider.
You are not a copy cat.
12. You recover quickly.
If you fail, you don’t stay still; you move on.
13. You fulfill needs.
You fix problems.
14. You surround yourself with advisors.
You hire smart people, not “yes” folks.
15. You work and play hard.
When you fall down, you pick yourself up.”
If you are self-confident, perceptive, hard working, resourceful, a risk taker, creative, goal-oriented, optistimistic, flexible, independent, visionary, get along with others ….sounds like to me that you are an entrepreneur.
You fit the mold!
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Before you read this lengthy description, please know that I wasn’t born writing books or marketing plans!
Certainty, I wasn’t born talking! I know many of you find the latter hard to believe, but it’s true.
I do however believe that I was born to follow my passions and dreams. They placed me in the world of entrepreneurship. I am so glad that I landed there! Though a “Mom and Pop” operation, I grew up in a small business environment in Mississippi. The entrepreneurial spirit has always been in my bones. I love what I do! I’m happy!
Maybe, we might be joined at the hip in this entrepreneurial experience if this describes you. Let’s see.
Here are “50 habits that born-to-be entrepreneurs can’t help but show. How many do you possess?
1. You can’t sit still. You’re always itching to come up with something, and do something great.
2. You’re always coming up with ideas. Good or bad, the flow of ideas never stops.
3. You can pinpoint flaws in other ideas. It comes naturally to you.
4. You marvel at successful business owners. Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, John Johnson, Bill Gates are just a few of your heroes.
5. You get excited when you see a successful business in action. Whether it’s a local bar or a supermarket franchise, you can’t help but smile when you see a good business.
6. You constantly think of ways to improve your employer’s business. When you’re at work, you only think about how it could be better.
7. You hate being told what to do. You’re resentful of taking orders.
8. You love to learn new things. How To’s and tutorials are what you’re all about.
9. You take things apart to see how they work. Remotes, toasters, phones — you love to see the inner workings.
10. You dream of wealth. Money isn’t everything, but you can’t help but have it on your mind.
11. You don’t give up easily. You face tough challenges but keep going.
12. You’re disciplined in your habits. You have set routines that don’t get broken easily.
13. You aren’t afraid of hard work. You give everything in your life 100 percent.
14. You have a high threshold for risk. You don’t take blind risks, but you don’t stay complacent either.
15. You meet as many people as you can. You aren’t afraid to branch out and meet new people.
16. You talk to everyone you meet. Strangers aren’t intimidating to you.
17. You bounce back from failure. You’ve experienced crushing failure, but it’s never stopped you from coming back.
18. You like calling the shots. You like the sound of being a director.
19. You set goals for yourself. Big or small, goals fill your life.
20. You help people whenever you can. You’re interested in the greater good.
21. You find challenges in everything you do. You seek out opportunities to challenge yourself.
22. You find ways to inspire people. You’re inspired by inspiration.
23. You plan everything down to the little details. Plans are a prerequisite for any activity.
24. You’re proud of yourself. You like who you are.
25. You help your friends solve their problems. You’re great at problem analysis.
26. You effectively delegate tasks and assign resources. In household chores and business operations alike.
27. You set deadlines for yourself. No excuses.
28. You like telling stories. You love to tell people about your experiences.
29. You’re hyper competitive. You can’t even play a board game without flipping that switch.
30. You get involved with things. You always ask if you can help.
31. You cut out things in your life that don’t work for you. If it’s inefficient or bothersome, it’s gone.
32. You negotiate whatever you can. Flea markets and salaries are just the beginning.
33. You see the potential in people. You don’t see people for who they are. You see them for who they could be.
34. You’re calm in a crisis. When stuff hits the fan, you still think logically.
35. You follow up with people when you want something. You don’t let opportunities go.
36. You avoid things that waste your time. You’re immune to mobile games and idle social-media time.
37. You persuade people to your side. You’re a natural rhetorician.
38. You make rational decisions, not emotional ones. For the most part, you trust your logic over your emotions.
39. You don’t forget people’s emotions. Still, there’s great sympathy in you.
40. You lose track of time when pursuing passion projects. Time seems to fly when you’re heads-down working on something.
41. You frequently start new passion projects. Every week, a new idea is transformed into a hobby.
42. You constantly upgrade your house (or car or anything). There’s always something to tinker with, replace or improve.
43. You’re crazy about new technology. You’re addicted to learning how new technologies can improve your life.
44. You read the news every day. It’s an ingrained habit.
45. You read books voraciously. Every book offers something new.
46. You listen to that internal voice. You trust your instincts.
47. You listen to others’ advice. You make your own decisions, but listen to others’ opinions too.
48. You don’t dwell in the past. When bad things happen, you keep moving forward.
49. You make sacrifices for what you want. You know you have to give things up to see greater success.
50. You never write off your dreams. You take your aspirations seriously. They’re a part of you.”
Welcome to my world!
This description fits me!
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I recently watched the movie, “The Intern.”
In fact, as it was full of valuable takeoffs, I found myself watching it on HBO several times.
Starring Anne Hathaway and Robert DeNiro, it is very entertaining; a must watch; a story of old school wisdom joining forces with a young entrepreneurial approach. A twist of the ordinary, a 70 year DeNiro is the interm. The movie clearly demonstrate that experience never grows old. “The Intern” is full of leadership lessons.
Take a look:
1. Keep moving.
2. Leaders set the tone.
3. If there is a hole in your life, fill it.
4. Leaders can get blindsided. They can’t see everything coming. Step back,
breathe, and see what’s happening.
5. Celebrate good things.
6. Passing the leadership baton can be difficult.
7. Find the formula for fair distribution of work. Stop piling up layers and layers of work on a person where it is not manageable.
8. Your ways may not be as productive as you think.
9. You’re never wrong to do the right thing.
10. We think that we’re less screwed up than we really are.
So what if your boss is not a leader? What if he/she leaves a lot to be desired?
You will soon realize that you can’t change them. You can only change you. Learn to not be like them!
Imitating poor conduct, be it from a leader or not, is not advisable.
By all means, don’t let their mishaps rub off on you!
Maximize your potential which may include leaving an environment where leadership and opportunities are absent or poor.
Rather, carry this cadre of quotes to motivate you:
A. Success never sleeps nor does it wait. It is available 24x7x365 even if
you are not.
B. You will make mistakes. Learn from them.
C. When was the last time that you did something for the first time. Keep
D. Not taking risks ultimately lead to failure.
E. Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.
F. Look back at past mistakes as a lesson, not a regret.
G. Positive things happen when you distance yourself from negative people.
H. Ego, particularly an inflated one, is the enemy.
I. Business success = mission, strategy, and resources.
The list goes on.
Allow these lessons to be learning experiences whereby you can move from Point A to Point Z pridefully and successfully.
Don’t let others be your stumbling block! Keep moving; don’t give up!
Reach for the sky!
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“What’s up doc?” Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, and Goofy are much too sophisticated for some job sites.
Recently, a friend related the “happenings” that occurred at her place of employment.
She indicated that there are two workers who characteristically resemble Wile E. the Coyote and Sam the Sheepdog. OMG!
I remember those two characters.
They were my son’s favorite next to Road Runner!
Wile E. and Sam both punched in together, acted hospitable, and then they would “go at” each other all day!
I am not sure if they were really friends. What I do remember is that they skillfully maneuvered those combative gestures swinging at each other all in the name of a day’s work.
You have seen those types of people; right?
Strangely, Wile E. the Coyote, the speedy one chased Sam’s sheep all day, but the burly slow moving Sam the Sheepdog managed to defeat his attacks with minimal efforts.
Sometimes, the energetic purportedly smart ones are not the victorious ones.
What an invigorating thought!
Interesting … Wile E. and Sam smiled at each other and made grandstanding overtures every morning as if they were bosom buddies.
So much for hypocrisy, but I think you know all about that!
Thus, I need not tell you about the back stabbers.
Remember what they say about them … “They smile in your face … all the time they are trying to take your place.”
Let’s deviate a moment from Wile E. the Coyote and Sam the Sheepdog.
Just watch your back tomorrow and the day after!
You never know who will be standing by the water cooler or the time clock waiting to rip you apart!
No brags; just facts!
As the road runner says, “Beep, beep!”
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Are you a daredevil or do you take calculated steps?
It is better to be safe than sorry!
An associate recently reviewed the path of his successful career. It occurred to him that his recent entrepreneurial experience had him freehandedly “walking a tightrope without a net!”
Strangely, he did not realize that his journey was net-less as he was so entrenched in the company’s day to day operation that he had not taken the time to look down.
Fear he didn’t have!
Sometimes, what you don’t see or know remove fear because the negative consequences are not visibly before your eyes.
However, once the wool is pulled away, the dangers become conspicuously obvious. The negative realities stare you directly in your face.
Then, the realization of not having a safety net is akin to being in the middle of the lake with no paddle!
To survive, refocusing is necessary so that bad outcomes don’t defeat you.
Has the time come to reset the precautionary warning signals that implied trust convinced you to remove?
So what’s next?
Equipped with armors of courage, strength, resources, and knowledge, are you now prepared to walk into greener pastures with keener vision, balance and wisdom?
For certain, as embodied in William Ernest Henley’s “Invictus,” we are “the masters of our fate; the captains of our souls.”
Learn from the past.
Be wise; be smart!
Walk with God by your side as your safety net!
Walk with knowledge and integrity.
You will surely and safely find your way and reach your destination.
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A sidekick is defined as a “close companion who is generally regarded as subordinate to the one he accompanies. Some well-known fictional sidekicks are Doctor Watson (of Sherlock Holmes), Tonto (of The Lone Ranger), Robin (of Batman), and Ethel Mertz (of Lucy Ricardo).” “I love Lucy.” Don’t you?
Anyway, did I mention that some bosses have sidekicks; particularly those who cannot make executive decisions?
Who is smarter; the boss or the sidekick? Who gives the orders? Who is in charge? Let’s see!
Batman was the “man.”
Sherlock solved the crimes!
Though Ed McMahon said “Here’s Johnny,” it was The Tonight Show’s late night host Johnny Carson who was the star!
What happens when the sidekick usurps the boss’ authority that the boss willingly surrenders because he doesn’t want his job?
“Holy Switch A Roo,” as Batman’s Robin would say.
Will the incompetent sidekick’s decisions ultimately kick the boss in his behind? “Pow!”
Stop thinking that these are television examples only. Look around in your office complex. Too bad the walls can’t talk!
Stay tuned to watch corporate dysfunction at its best?
The cameras are rolling! Let’s see who steals the show.
Although it may seem like a comic strip, the Peanut characters and their many sidekicks were smart and on top of their game!
“Where’s Snoopy?” He’ll make sense of this!
The boss sure can’t!
Does your job have too many chiefs?
In order to successfully operate, a company needs organization and a balance of power. It needs someone to give orders and someone to take them. Commands from multiple people who lack the authority or who are not specifically clear may present inherent problems. Conflicting directions are just as bad. Is there clarity in the organizational lines of authority?
Are the directives understandable and clearly defined/stated?
To effectively and profitably move a company forward, defined lines of authority are essential.
Someone has to do the work when the instructions are given!
An imbalanced proportion results in chaos. If you don’t believe me, look outside your office door!
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