ALPHA ThinkingTips, tools and thoughts for top performance
There are a few ways to win at business and many ways to lose. One of my colleagues uses the metaphor of a target. There are a few ways to hit a target and nearly infinite ways to miss.
In finance a paper gain is a gain that has not been realized yet. If a stock we own rises we only realize the gain if we sell and lock in the profit. The same premise is at work in our personal development. We must “lock in” our gains.
We are surrounded by disconnects – gaps that keep things from being as good as they could be. For example, in news coverage today there is a disconnect between journalism based on investigation and journalism based on ideology. Leaders must be adept at recognizing disconnects in order to profitably grow their organizations. Organizational disconnects can occur in many areas including talent and strategy.
Indecisive or prudent? The distinction can have profound impact on the quality and quantity of decisions in an organization.
The Fourth of July is a special day. The story of the birth of our nation is nothing short of miraculous. The story is also a template for those that are up for great things.
Flags can provoke powerful responses. In the context or work, leaders can fly all sorts of flags. By flag flying I mean, by words or actions what people interpret to be the priorities of their leaders…
When a new leader is struggling in a new role the cause is often diagnosed as a lack of leadership skills. This may be the case, but often the obvious and overlooked point is the impact of preference. In addition to lack of skills is there also a lack of a preference to lead people? In retrospect was the move to a new role actually a poison promotion?
Research has shown that if people enjoy 75% or more of their work, they are 4 times more likely to be successful at it. Unfortunately, some leaders miss maximizing the performance and retention of their teams by not addressing these common “enjoyment killers.”
Cold plunges and cold showers are a popular component of athletic performance routines. Taking metaphorical “cold plunges” can also have tremendous impact on our growth as leaders. The benefits include improved perspective, accelerated learning, discovery of new abilities and renewed enthusiasm for goals. Here’s three ways to do it…
Leadership is like a string in two ways: we can push or pull. “Pushing on a string” is exhausting and has limited utility, including in organizations. Pulling works, but is limited to the extent that your force is greater than the possible resistance.
Pick a business and it is likely that business has changed. “The business has changed – have you?” This sign was on the desk of Mr. Robert Ratliff. He was a founder and the CEO of AGCO, a farm machinery company.