Leadership vs. Management

Leadership and management are two very different things. Leadership “pulls” people. Management “pushes” people. Everyone knows traditional management.  Check on the team to make sure they are working.  Clock breaks and punch out time.  If people don’t comply, there are consequences.  In bad situations, it can be exhausting and draining for both the person being managed

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What to Expect with Change

This is a great article in Forbes on the process of change. It takes the “change” process and breaks it into a predictable path for adoption. As technology, society and companies evolve, things change. The evolution goes like this:   Resistance Mockery Usefulness Habitual New Standard I have seen this pattern over and over again throughout the years. 

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Ideal Project Team Size

Studies have shown the ideal team size for maximum efficiency per person on a project is three to five people.  This assumes the highest quality of people where everyone is talented, engaged and driven. There is often a big jump in production and quality when a project goes from one to two people.  The team grows by 100

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Do Sweat the Small Stuff

Everyone says “don’t sweat the small stuff.” People tell me I worry about little details too much. I think the opposite. I need to focus on them way more than I do. Why?  It sets the expectations for what is acceptable. I just read an article on the importance of sweating the small stuff. Every

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Impossible is a State of Mind

“The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible — and achieve it, generation after generation.” – Pearl S. Buck I love this quote. It’s true, as companies age and grow, they need to not let “experience” block ingenuity. Life is always a balance of “learning” from experience, and having bright

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The Power of Speed

I was taking a boxing lesson the other day, and when doing a combination, I asked my trainer whether he wanted speed or power. He said speed. When I was done, he told me he answered speed because he wanted power. Speed is power. Anyone that follows boxing or football has heard the expression power

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Shooting Yourself in the Foot

Would you punch yourself in the face to hurt someone else?  Shoot yourself in the foot to prove guns are bad?  Seems illogical, right?  But people use that logic every day. I’ve never understood when people hurt themselves in an attempt to hurt other people.  We see it all the time with sports stars who

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