Monthly Archives: Aug 2015

Leadership

Abrasive Bosses in Business: Impacts, Costs, Survival, and Interventions – Part I

The Abrasive Boss

Description of the Abrasive Boss:

  • Clipped speech
  • Little eye contact or ‘drilling’ eye contact; frown appears whenever he or she turns in your direction
  • Aggressive postures such as leaning forward into the other person’s space; stance: legs akimbo, hands on hips; facial frowning with little or no smiling
  • Intensity as a way of being; excitability, volatility with unexpected outbursts
  • Long on demands and short on compliments or verbal rewards; low on social skills usage
  • May take credit for work done by others

If any of this fits you or someone you know in your organization, it’s time to reflect on the impact on your business – whether big or small in size.

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.

Arnold H. Glasgow

Most of us who have been around for a while have run into the ‘boss’ or supervisor who fits into this category of ‘abrasive’. Others call them the toxic bosses. They are often bright, ambitious, focused, and ‘on’ the majority of the time. They are tough, to the point, demanding, and just simply ‘want the job done’.  These characteristics do not necessarily win them the title of abrasive. The real kicker is that they are short on respect, dish disrespect out liberally and, usually don’t get much respect back – something they often complain about.

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Goal Setting Motivation

Surviving to Win in Business: Game Plans and Pacing

Surviving to Win in Business

Surviving long enough to win in business requires a plan, strategy, patience, and…the personal strength to persist through whatever gets thrown at you.  If you are running a business, it’s much like running a race: you have to have a game plan, the burning desire to reach the finish line at the head of the pack and, you have to pace yourself.  You have to start strong, go hard, and learn when to back off; pace yourself to gain your second wind, then put on full steam when you are headed towards your end goal. You will have no reserve to make it to the end if you drain yourself completely early on or in mid-run, or become so exhausted you have no reserves for what happens next.

We’re not talking about the end of your business when we talk end goals; we’re talking about making it to the end of a project or time period successfully – with steam left over for the next run.  We’re talking about having the energy for the business growth spurt when everything seems to happen at once – new contracts, new customers, customers with changes in needs and wants, subcontractors with problems delivering the goods, new production line problems.  Let’s not forget to mention employee problems, and the good, the bad and the ugly problems that afflict us all in for-profit and not-for-profit business.

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Clarity Goal Setting Motivation

Patterns, Plans, Persistence, and Pain: Pathways to Business Success

Persistence

“You will never change your life until you change something you do DAILY.

The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”

John C. Maxwell

Persistence, if you have been following my writings for any length of time, is a recent topic. Two weeks ago, I wrote about persistence from the perspective of managing self-change in business. So how is this week’s focus different? There is overlap; and yet, I want to address and emphasize the issues of patterns of behavior, patterns in the way we interact with others, and patterns in how we structure our day that have such powerful impact on our businesses. And too, I want you to pay attention to which patterns are serving you, which are obstructing you in you business and, which patterns you have not yet developed that could make a world of difference to your level of success.

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