Are double standards… your standard?

May 19, 2009 | By Neil Ducoff | No Comments

Double standards communicate that there are “entitlement” rules and acceptable behaviors for some while others must adhere to more rigid rules. Fact: Double standards compromise the values of a company. Double standards create performance drag and contaminate the culture of a company. Most importantly, even the slightest existence of double standards perpetuates entitlement thinking and behavior. And who is the originating source of double standards? You guessed it, the leader – and that means you.

Double standards for leaders: This is the classic “do as I say, not as I do” thinking. It’s when leaders use their positions of power to compromise what they hold others accountable for doing. For example, consider how the integrity and trust of a company can be compromised when the leader orders expense reductions and pulls up in a new company car or takes a vacation cleverly disguised as a business trip. Even seemingly little behaviors like always being late for meetings while others are held accountable can contaminate a company culture. (more…)... Read More

Double standards communicate that there are “entitlement” rules and acceptable behaviors for some while others must adhere to more rigid rules. Fact: Double standards compromise the values of a company. Double standards create performance drag and contaminate the culture of a company. Most importantly, even the slightest existence of double standards perpetuates entitlement thinking and behavior. And who is the originating source of double standards? You guessed it, the leader…
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What are you building?

May 19, 2009 | By Neil Ducoff | No Comments

Stop what you’re doing for a few minutes. Stop thinking about what your day is going to look like, what you need to accomplish, and what challenges you need to deal with. Trust me, all that stuff will be waiting for you. What I would like you to imagine is taking a look at your business from 30,000 feet. It’s an interesting perspective because this high altitude view gets you above the fray where it’s quiet and all the surrounding landscape, complete with opportunities and threats, is visible for you to study. This vantage point provides an unobstructed view of where you’re taking your company. Most of all, it allows you to see if what you’re building is capable of getting you there.
You see, too often leaders get bogged down in the daily minutia of their work. It’s something akin to trying to drive the bus while keeping the kids under control and fixing the sputtering engine all at the same time. It doesn’t matter if you love this kind of chaotic excitement or not, it pulls your attention away from your ultimate no-compromise leader responsibility – to build an enduring company.
So while I have your attention up here at 30,000 feet for these few Monday Morning Wake-Up minutes, ask yourself this question: What are you building? Describe with absolute clarity where you are taking your company. Describe what the company looks like in terms of revenue and profit. Describe what makes your company so unique that it stands alone from its competition. Describe the career and growth opportunities for all those employees who got on your bus and believe in your vision. Describe the culture you’re building and how trust, integrity and respect form its foundation. Now, how do your descriptions match what you have built so far?
Too often it takes a nice big crisis to snap you out of your daily routine so you can step back and look at what you’re building. It’s also interesting how many leaders struggle to answer with passion and clarity the question, “What are you building?” And in that moment of discomfort and struggle to find words and clarity, the solution to a multitude of problems is revealed. Revisit what you’re building and make sure everyone on your bus gets it.
I’ll conclude with this wonderful story: A gentleman saw three men laying bricks. He approached the first and asked, “What are you doing?” Annoyed, the first man answered, “What does it look like I’m doing? I’m laying bricks!” He walked over to the second bricklayer and asked the same question. The second man responded, “Oh, I’m making a living.” He asked the third bricklayer the same question, “What are you doing?” The third looked up, smiled and said, “I’m building a cathedral.”
What are you building?
Pass this email on to your business colleagues, managers and friends. They’ll appreciate it.
Neil Ducoff, Strategies founder & CEO, and author of No-Compromise Leadership

Stop what you’re doing for a few minutes. Stop thinking about what your day is going to look like, what you need to accomplish, and what challenges you need to deal with. Trust me, all that stuff will be waiting for you. What I would like you to imagine is taking a look at your business from 30,000 feet. It’s an interesting perspective because this high altitude view gets you above the fray where it’s quiet and all the surrounding landscape, complete with opportunities and threats, is visible for you to study. This vantage point provides an unobstructed view of where you’re taking your company. Most of all, it allows you to see if what you’re building is capable of getting you there.... Read More

Stop what you’re doing for a few minutes. Stop thinking about what your day is going to look like, what you need to accomplish, and what challenges you need to deal with. Trust me, all that stuff will be waiting for you. What I would like you to imagine is taking a look at your business from 30,000 feet. It’s an interesting perspective because this high altitude view gets you…
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These days… it’s great to be a leader

May 14, 2009 | By Neil Ducoff | No Comments

What a great time it is to be a leader. We’re in a recession. Money and cash flow is on everyone’s mind. Employees are nervous. The stock market tanked. Customers are cautious, delaying purchases and looking for better deals. And… you’ve probably made some of your toughest leadership decisions in years. So why is this a great time to be a leader? The answer is extraordinarily simple – you are in control of your own destiny.
In these unprecedented and uncertain economic times, I cherish, respect and thrive in my role as the leader of my own company. I find solace knowing that my business experience, innovativeness, ability to identify and react to real and potential hazards, allows me to guide my company through tough times. I’m energized by the trust and support of my team. I am a leader and I wouldn’t trade my job or my responsibilities for anything.
Yes, we leaders must deal with stress and make decisions that thrust us out of our comfort zones. We can feel overwhelmed and overloaded. And yes, at times we may even feel unprepared, insecure and fearful. But as leaders, we know it’s all part of the job. We persevere. We overcome. We lead.
Here are some simple reminders why it’s great to be a leader:
* If it is to be, it’s up to me: That’s the essence of leadership. We control our own destinies. We can take our companies to any goal we set our minds on. We wait for no one. We can seize the moment. What greater freedom, growth and success could you ask for?
* You have followers that trust and believe in you: What an honor and privilege it is to be a leader – to have loyal followers that believe in and work to achieve a vision that’s your creation. What more could you ask for?
* You inspire others to reach their full potential: As a leader, you help others achieve their dreams. You bring out the best in people. You take people to levels of success that even they didn’t realize they could achieve. You make the lives of those around you better. What more could you ask for?
* Today is your time to be your best: Good times can cause leaders to get off their game and become content and lazy. Uncertain times bring out the best in leaders. Uncertain times challenge you to prove that you’ve got the right stuff. Uncertain times shift you into no-compromise leadership mode. It’s your opportunity to fix what’s wrong in your business. It’s your opportunity to innovate and lift your company to that next level you’ve always talked about. What more could you ask for?
Pass this email on to your business colleagues, managers and friends.
Neil Ducoff, Strategies founder & CE

What a great time it is to be a leader. We’re in a recession. Money and cash flow is on everyone’s mind. Employees are nervous. The stock market tanked. Customers are cautious, delaying purchases and looking for better deals. And… you’ve probably made some of your toughest leadership decisions in years. So why is this a great time to be a leader? The answer is extraordinarily simple – you are in control of your own destiny.
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What a great time it is to be a leader. We’re in a recession. Money and cash flow is on everyone’s mind. Employees are nervous. The stock market tanked. Customers are cautious, delaying purchases and looking for better deals. And… you’ve probably made some of your toughest leadership decisions in years. So why is this a great time to be a leader? The answer is extraordinarily simple – you are…
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What’s on your “compromise” list?

May 12, 2009 | By Neil Ducoff | No Comments

Every leader has one. It’s that list of leadership projects, tasks and responsibilities that you prefer to avoid, ignore or bestow with your highest level of procrastination.

It is truly amazing how you can find a zillion other low level things to do rather than tackle your compromise list and check a few items off. Call it human nature, fear of the unknown, insecurity, lack of knowledge or skill, just plain laziness, it’s a sure bet that items lingering on your compromise list are creating drag, inefficiency, lost opportunities and increased costs in your company. Even with the knowledge of the consequences, you just can’t seem to convert your compromise list into a no-compromise list of must-do’s that get done. (more…)... Read More

Every leader has one. It’s that list of leadership projects, tasks and responsibilities that you prefer to avoid, ignore or bestow with your highest level of procrastination. It is truly amazing how you can find a zillion other low level things to do rather than tackle your compromise list and check a few items off. Call it human nature, fear of the unknown, insecurity, lack of knowledge or skill, just…
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Your “passion” for business and leadership will see you through

May 12, 2009 | By Neil Ducoff | No Comments

There is a dividing line that separates leaders from no-compromise leaders. On one side, “leader” is something that describes a title or job. It’s simply the work you do. This leader says, “I lead.” On the other side of the dividing line is an inherent and unmistakable emotional intensity radiating from the no-compromise leader. It’s like a gravitational pull to a higher calling that converges on the vision and greater purpose of the company. It’s intense passion and it’s impossible to be a no-compromise leader without it. Why? If you don’t have passion for what you do, it’s just too easy to give in – to compromise. The no-compromise leader says, “We’re going to make the world a better place for all,” and believes this with every fiber of his or her being.
Passion fuels a higher calling and a natural enthusiasm for all that you do. So much so that others can sense and capture that same passion. The no-compromise leader’s passion attracts and engages others in the most positive way. That shared passion then lifts the performance of the entire company. Consider any great leader in history, business or otherwise, and you will find an innate passion as the driving force behind his or her accomplishments.
Here are a few no-compromise strategies to ensure that your passion is shining bright:
    * What will your company look like on the other side of this recession? These are crazy and tense times for all leaders. To avoid getting consumed and dragged down by today’s challenges and bad economic news, raise your sights and target what you want your company to look like on the other side of this recession. Paint a bold picture of success and opportunity. Make it so cool and enticing that you’ll want to lead your team there.
    * What does your company flag look like? Yes, I said, “flag.” If you’re going to lead your team to victory, you’ll need a flag. Assemble a “flag design team” and charge them with the mission of creating a flag that your company will carry through this recession to that cool place you defined in your vision. There’s no better way to lift the spirits of your team than getting them fired up for a journey back to good times.
    * Flip your switch from reactive to proactive: It’s hard to keep your passion for business and leadership burning bright when you’re stuck reacting to situations. Going proactive puts you on the offensive. Going proactive lifts you up so you can lift your team up. Going proactive means innovative new strategies and 100% execution. 
If you have the fire in your gut to achieve your dreams against all odds, you have passion. If you get excited and light up when you tell others about your work, you have passion. When you hear your employees talking about their work and the company with the same passion as you – your passion for success has created a company-wide mojo that’s virtually unstoppable.
Pass this email on to your business colleagues, managers and friends.
Neil Ducoff, Strategies founder & CEO
There is a dividing line that separates leaders from no-compromise leaders. On one side, “leader” is something that describes a title or job. It’s simply the work you do. This leader says, “I lead.” On the other side of the dividing line is an inherent and unmistakable emotional intensity radiating from the no-compromise leader. It’s like a gravitational pull to a higher calling that converges on the vision and greater purpose of the company. It’s intense passion and it’s impossible to be a no-compromise leader without it. Why? If you don’t have passion for what you do, it’s just too easy to give in – to compromise. The no-compromise leader says, “We’re going to make the world a better place for all,” and believes this with every fiber of his or her being.
Passion fuels a higher calling and a natural enthusiasm for all that you do. So much so that others can sense and capture that same passion. The no-compromise leader’s passion attracts and engages others in the most positive way. That shared passion then lifts the performance of the entire company. Consider any great leader in history, business or otherwise, and you will find an innate passion as the driving force behind his or her accomplishments. (more…)
There is a dividing line that separates leaders from no-compromise leaders. On one side, “leader” is something that describes a title or job. It’s simply the work you do. This leader says, “I lead.” On the other side of the dividing line is an inherent and unmistakable emotional intensity radiating from the no-compromise leader. It’s like a gravitational pull to a higher calling that converges on the vision and greater…
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