Category Archive: Values

Ten Ways to Say Yes to Saying No

Saying no feels like a door closing. But, those who can’t say no end up over-committed, overwhelmed, and ineffective. Saying no is the first step toward freedom for someone who says yes too much. Yes:… Continue reading

Resolving Tension Between Young and Old Leaders

“You’re challenge is giving control to young leaders.”  (Spoken to an old leader at lunch three years ago.) He was a quiet gentleman. It was like I had reached across the table and… Continue reading

7 Ways to Gain Authority

Those who constantly demand and use authority don’t deserve it. Thoreau said, “Any fool can make a rule…” Longing for authority reveals a deep sense of powerlessness, unwillingness to defend ideas, and lack… Continue reading

How to Get Projects Back on Track Fast

People are the main reason projects fail. Getting projects back on track is first about people, then about circumstances. 5 people-reasons projects fail: Confusion regarding purpose. Why is this project important? Lack of… Continue reading

Employees and Customers Aren’t First

One of two business philosophies dominate organizations today, “customers first” or “employees first.” Both are useful. Neither reflect reality. Employees first: Vineet Nayar, CEO of HCL Technologies, Ltd., is committed to employees first.… Continue reading

How to Avoid Irrelevance, Guaranteed!

You may be the world’s best pickle packer. But, if the world doesn’t value perfectly packed pickles, you are tragically irrelevant. Value: Customers determine value, not you. Spend as much time understanding the… Continue reading