Thank you, George.

My family just experienced one of the worst things I think people have to go through, euthanizing a pet. The Woodsons are animal people. We love pets. We have had just about everything you can imagine in our house from the typical dogs and cats to snakes, lizards, and a variety of rodents. For a … Continue reading Thank you, George.

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Are you really committed to customers?

Your lowest paid workers are the ones facing the most important people to your company’s survival, no, not your bank, not your shareholders, no, it’s your customers. Does that scaling of pay make sense? When times get a little tough, you start cutting those “unnecessary” things like training and customer service. But those things directly … Continue reading Are you really committed to customers?

What do employees want? Stop over-complicating it.

Have you ever thought this, “Why are my employees so unhappy? What do they want?” In contrast to all of the current “15 steps to higher employee engagement” BS, it’s really not that complicated. Employees want to be involved and contribute whatever they can with both their heads as well as their hands. They want … Continue reading What do employees want? Stop over-complicating it.

When you set all of those goals, can you at least make them meaningful?

It seems today there is a constant mantra being propagated about getting super productive, setting measurable stretch goals, and busting a gut to get them accomplished. I can just hear the likes of entrepreneurship gurus like Gary V now, “F**k yes, make it happen!” But, in contrast to the overused and overstated “what gets measured … Continue reading When you set all of those goals, can you at least make them meaningful?

Five steps to becoming more of a listening leader people want to follow.

We all have limitations. Like it or not, you, me, all of us are not good at everything. In addition, none of us knows everything either. So it is that our effectiveness relies on our ability to know our weaknesses and when to throw up our hands and ask for help. This ability however is … Continue reading Five steps to becoming more of a listening leader people want to follow.

How looking in the mirror can make you a better leader.

If leading is really about influencing others, then we all lead, whether incidentally or intentionally, all of the time. Everything we do influences someone. And given what we are learning from neuroscience about things like mirror neurons, it is clear that our influence on others is everywhere. It's actually a bit scary when you consider … Continue reading How looking in the mirror can make you a better leader.