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How to deal with difficult employees

There's no escaping it. As a leader you will have to deal with difficult employees. By "difficult," I'm referring to the myriad of... Read More

What does "GOING NO COMPROMISE" really mean?

questioning 1In my travels promoting and doing keynotes for my No-Compromise Leadership book, the one comment I hear most from attendees is,... Read More

Creating the culture you want has a cost

Doing a culture shift to no compromise is not only a worthy undertaking; it's a non-negotiable requirement for success in these economic times.... Read More

The recession storm passes

Like every major hurricane that slowly and methodically unleashes its devastation on everything in its path, the recession of 2008 and 2009 is... Read More

When "not good enough" becomes the norm

Every business has imbedded patterns of behavior that interfere with performance, quality and growth. And yes, these patterns of behavior often cause... Read More

Overcoming leadership stress

Along with leading a company through these challenging economic times comes stress. Stress from driving sales. Stress from managing expenses. Stress... Read More

The wonderful, whacky world of "pitching" the media

As I write this Monday Morning Wake-Up, I'm in New York City attending the National Publicity Summit. This is a venue for authors to receive... Read More

No-compromise decisions are the toughest for a reason

Leaders make decisions all day long. It's simply a requirement of the job. Much of that decision-making occurs naturally and continuously without... Read More

When great performance masks compromise

During a seminar on staff retention, the discussion focused on how to address performance and/or behavior issues with top employees. I could quickly... Read More

Are double standards… your standard?

Double standards communicate that there are "entitlement" rules and acceptable behaviors for some while others must adhere to more rigid... Read More

What are you building?

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... Read More