Why a Bad Boss Isn’t a Good Excuse for Mediocrity

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My business partner and I have been spending a lot of time discussing the good, the bad and the inept leader, especially with our latest book release,  SuperSTAR Leadership.  Now, all of this is good and intentional. However, I think it’s time (for a moment) we take the spotlight off the not-so-stunning leader and put the employee, maybe you, in the hot seat.

Yes, it’s important to recognize that leaders aren’t always impressive – but, it’s just as important to recognize our role in the relationship. Just because a boss is bad does not give us a good excuse to be a second-rate team member.  After all, it’s easy to see what your manager is doing wrong when you think that  you’re right. It’s normal to think you’d do it differently (and more successfully), but until you’re in your manager’s shoes, you truly have no idea how you’d handle the role. So right now, take responsibility for your […]

By |September 4th, 2015|Comments Off on Why a Bad Boss Isn’t a Good Excuse for Mediocrity

5 Secrets to Accelerate Your Career

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Have you ever been high? I mean really high…no kidding?Did you know you have to be high to accelerate your career?

The Potential

Arnold Lemerand knows what it means to get high. One day, he was driving with his wife through the neighborhood. As he passed by a construction site, he heard some children frantically screaming. He hurried to their location, where he spotted a young boy with his head pinned under a sewage pipe. If he didn’t act quickly, the pipe would suffocate the boy in the sand. What could he do? Without a second thought, he did the only thing possible; he lifted the 1600 pound pipe and the boy was freed.

Later in an interview with the UPI, Arnold explained that he had a heart attack recently and the doctor told him not to life heavy items. The pipe was so heavy that his two teenage sons tried to lift the pipe and couldn’t. How did Arnold […]

By |May 6th, 2015|Comments Off on 5 Secrets to Accelerate Your Career

10 Habits of Truly Terrific Employees

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Truly terrific employees distinguish themselves from all others in ways that are strikingly apparent to their colleagues and bosses.  Much of it is about their behavior and attitude, but it is more than that. They genuinely care about what they do and have pride in their work. Unfortunately, they are way to rare.

Here are ten habits that the best employees exhibit every day. I have met many through consulting projects over the last twenty years. They are exceptional people and a joy to work with. Emulate them and you will move you to the top of the heap. I believe every person has the truly terrific within them, waiting to emerge.  As Sly and the Family Stone said in a song, “Everybody is a star!”  Do you want to ramp up your career and move ahead?  Then picture YOURSELF being terrific, because you are if you choose to be.

1. Handle the tasks no one else likes […]

By |April 9th, 2015|Comments Off on 10 Habits of Truly Terrific Employees

7 Comments Employees Make that Destroy Teamwork


If you have ever been part of a team, there were probably days when you wondered, “Why bother? I could do this faster myself.”

Maybe for the project on that one day it was true that one person could handle it all. But effective teams offer a richness that one person can’t give to even a small project.

The bottom line is that a team’s success largely depends on the content and the process. The content involves the task for the team, for example: improving a work process, preparing for product presentation, or creating a marketing campaign. Process involves how well people work together on that team. This includes their planning efforts and interpersonal working relationships.

Yet, 60% of work teams fail. Why? See my post, 13 Troubles of Terrible Teams. I want to focus on the second point in that post, which is tacky team members, this does include the leadership. They don’t know how to work within a team, and their people skills are lacking.

Whether […]

By |March 17th, 2015|Comments Off on 7 Comments Employees Make that Destroy Teamwork

Rethink Leadership or Fail: It’s Time for Change

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Abigail Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson in 1790, “These are hard times in which a genius would wish to live. Great necessities call forth great leaders.” We desperately need great leadership now, in business and all walks of life. We are in those difficult times today. In the media we are confronted daily with the effects of serious global issues

  1. Dramatic climate change and global warming
  2. Never-ending conflicts and wars
  3. New and deadly plagues
  4. Widespread Terrorism
  5. Greater income disparity between the haves and have not’s
  6. Structurally high unemployment
  7. Overpopulation, poverty
  8. Political and social instability
  9. Food and water shortages
  10. Collapse of world financial institutions

We can add other issues, but let’s not get depressed. Our leaders are increasingly incapable of dealing with these problems to make any substantial positive progress. It’s true that all ages have their troubles, but in the 21st century we have an unprecedented global interdependence. Each issue also has warning signs of catastrophic potential.

Businesses are confronted with quandaries within all of the above. At […]

By |March 1st, 2015|Comments Off on Rethink Leadership or Fail: It’s Time for Change

5 Superstar Coaching Steps

Few managers coach well. Of course, you know that being an employee, you have experienced the lack of coaching. In this leadership training video Rick will review keys to becoming a superstar coach. This is a big promise, but it’s doable in this training for business coaching.

Managers fail at coaching because either they don’t know how to do it or they don’t care. Managers that don’t care about their employees are bad bosses and should do something else.  Managers that care need to learn to coach effectively. Coaching is for all employees and will raise the performance of all. The biggest objection that managers have is-“I don’t have time to coach.” If that is the case the person doesn’t have time to be a manager either. All Olympic athletes have coaches, and they are the elite in their sport. Why won’t we want to coach our employees, let alone get a personal coach? Coaching improves performance: productivity, service, quality, innovation and sales.

In this leadership coaching video clip you will learn:
+5 Approaches of Coaching in the […]

By |January 5th, 2015|1 Comment

Good Leaders Don’t Mess with Generational Differences

Generational Differences

The best leaders don’t care that much for generational differences. I have found that factors such as age, or sex, or background, or religion are relatively oblivious to them. While at the same time they take a keen and sensitive approach to each employee’s potential, needs and aspirations.

New research shows that millennial’s  want variety, choice, access and transparency in the workplace. Coincidentally traditionalists, generation Xers and baby boomers want about the same things. Also, research demonstrates that the differences of Generation Y have been exaggerated. Good leaders aren’t that concerned with these matters anyway. Good leaders deal with each person as an individual not as a grouping or category or mindset. For example, just because a person is older doesn’t mean he wants to retire or can’t be creative. Likewise, just because someone is younger and inexperienced doesn’t mean she isn’t capable of supervising others or making quality decisions. Good leaders give everyone an opportunity to contribute fully and to do what they do well and to […]

By |December 9th, 2014|Comments Off on Good Leaders Don’t Mess with Generational Differences

10 Keys to Employee Engagement

Only 13% of employees are engaged worldwide according to studies. This is a disaster. The result creates lower sales, productivity, customer service and morale. This costs companies billions of lost revenue and profit. Managers careers are cut short as a result. It doesn’t have to happen to you.

This leadership training video shows you how to change all of that. You will learn 10 proven and practical ways to not only engage employees but to inspire them. For example, at a recent meeting with 25 managers I found that none of them had written plans for their teams. This means little communication about goals or expectations, minimal involvement or buy-in about how to achieve departmental goals and no creativity to accelerate results. In other words, it was “same old, same old” every day. Talk about a boring environment.

Leadership derailment studies show that at least 50% of managers fail primarily because of a lack of planning, the lack of teamwork and poor people skills. Watch this leadership video clip and take notes. Learn to do each of […]

By |December 8th, 2014|Comments Off on 10 Keys to Employee Engagement