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Be a Discerning Skeptic - Guest Article by Dennis Trittin

Sun, 2013-05-26 12:03 -- tomjonez


This article was writtin by Dennis Trittin and is used here with permission.  You can read more from Dennis at:

Consider the following (hypothetical) news release: “The government reported third quarter economic growth at 5.4 percent. This compares with 6.0 percent for the second quarter and a long-term average of 3.0 percent.”

A Philosophy for Decision-Making?

Tue, 2013-04-23 16:01 -- tomjonez


We were reminded of a simple approach to decision-making recently.  The following is copied, with permission, from the introduction to a Company Personnel Policy Manual:

In our early years, the Company’s leadership did not have a handbook such as the one you are now reading.   Rather than emphasizing rules and policies, every attempt was made - and has been made - to establish a Company culture where people actually talk to one another!

One of the Gang or Leader of the Team

Tue, 2013-04-23 15:59 -- tomjonez


One of the facts of life for a person newly placed in a leadership role is the reality that, as the leader, they will not ever be able to simply join in with their team on the same sociological level as the rest of the players.

Leadership sets a person apart.  This is both functional and psychological. It is also the reason why many people struggle when they are first placed in a leadership role.  Having a history prior to leadership of being able to blend in with the team, they simply aren’t in the same role as everyone else now that they are a leader.

Willing to Take a Stand

Tue, 2013-04-23 15:57 -- tomjonez


One of the characteristics of leadership is the willingness to take a stand.  This became more clear a while back when a client had to address the behaviors of a person in their work-group.

The person was/is likable, talented, persuasive, and charismatic.  And was also insubordinate.

It would have been easy to dodge the issue due to the capabilities of the individual.  However, doing so would have bred an attitude of independence in the entirety of the workgroup.  Like cancer, the unchecked attitude would have only spread.

It Is What It Is...

Thu, 2013-04-18 05:09 -- tomjonez


This last week I was reminded of a simple and yet core leadership trait during a lunch meeting with Vickie, who is the CEO of her own management company (she is also our good friend).

As we talked, Vickie shared that her husband and company co-owner Tim had always demonstrated calm leadership.  He would often remind those around him that, “It is what it is.”

Vickie said that the greatest demonstration of Tim’s leadership and resolve occurred when he was diagnosed with brain cancer.  His immediate verbal response as he learned of the diagnosis, “It is what it is.”

The Courage to See It Through

Wed, 2013-04-03 09:06 -- tomjonez


We have looked at several aspects of courage over the past few weeks, including the need for courage in leadership, the willingness to face and learn from failure, the essential need to develop a heart of courage, the value of friends who remind us to remain courageous, the direct correlation between Courage and Truth, and the courage to go first.


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