Forced decisions

Forced decisions

Our conversation over coffee turned to leadership succession, a challenge that faces every leader and every organization. We talked about transitions we’d watched where there was great success and others that had “crashed and burned.” A common thread in successes and...
Face time

Face time

I briefly stepped away from my desk after finishing a few morning e-mails. While walking back I created a mental list of things I wanted to spend time on during the day. I returned to my office and my chair wasn’t there and in its place were two sets of brown eyes and...
Zero based

Zero based

During a difficult financial period in the life of our organization, i.e., income was down, expenses were up (a bad combination), I learned one of the most valuable career lessons about managing. We were moving into “budget season” for the coming fiscal year. I never...
Decisions

Decisions

It was a routine, random security check at the back door of our hospital, just past the timecards where she had clocked out. Rarely was anything found, but our practice existed to discourage theft. The security officer later said as soon as he stopped her, she had an...
Unintended consequences

Unintended consequences

Everyone thought it was a good idea, very logical too. If you could eliminate the cause, everything else would get better. With that in mind, the Congress approved the 18th amendment to our constitution on December 18, 1917, ratified it January 16, 1919, and it took...
The Riddle

The Riddle

I heard recently heard author Brant Hansen share a riddle and immediately knew it was the perfect introduction to this topic, so I’m borrowing it. The answer is extremely important for you as a leader to be successful working with others. Are you ready to solve it? ...