12 Rules for Success that Turned a Small Family Business into a Global Brand

Bill Marriott, former CEO of Marriott International, learned business and leadership by observing his father, J. Willard Marriott. The elder Marriott was one of the most successful startup founders in U.S. history. He turned a small family root beer shop into a chain of hotels in the 1950s. Bill Marriott joined the young company in... Continue Reading →

The One Mistake to Avoid as a New Leader

You got the new job. You accepted the promotion. You’re in charge now. Whether you’re a first-time leader or an experienced manager in a new role, the first 100 days are critical. It’s important to set the tone early. One of the biggest mistakes I see new leaders make is when they spend all their time working in... Continue Reading →

Are Employees an Expense or an Asset? The Answer May Surprise You

“Being an employee of several different companies, I can honestly say that I've felt like nothing more than a line item on a spreadsheet somewhere that an accountant is desperately trying to eliminate.” This comment was written by a reader on my recent article, Putting Employees Ahead of Customers, and it got me thinking. Why... Continue Reading →

This Start-Up Story is a Must Read for Every Entrepreneur

Forget all the phony internet garbage about how glorious the life of an entrepreneur is. Ignore the Instagram pictures of Ferraris and private jets with the word “hustle” written over it. If you want to understand what it’s like to start a business, you need to read this book. Phil Knight is incredibly successful. He... Continue Reading →

The Truth about Authenticity

  While fake news is often hard to spot, phony advertising, inauthentic companies, and fake people aren’t. I was listening to my favorite podcast the other day and I heard it. I wasn’t listening for it, but it was obvious. Commercials on podcasts usually involve the host telling you how great a product or service... Continue Reading →

3 Reasons Why Leaders Need a No Whining Policy

When Pope Francis tells you to stop whining, you know there is power in the message. Since becoming the new pope, Francis has been a model of humility, empathy, and compassion. It’s obvious he cares deeply for people, especially the poor and oppressed. But a few weeks back, he did something that made headlines. He installed a... Continue Reading →

Trust and Speed: Lessons from Percy Barnevik

How do you get a large, multinational company to move fast? You do what Percy Barnevik did at ABB in the late 80's and early 90's. You push decision making to the lowest level and embed a culture of decisiveness at all levels. What seems like a simple idea is actually very difficult. For large companies,... Continue Reading →

The Four C’s of Leadership

"A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent." Douglas MacArthur Douglas MacArthur, arguably one... Continue Reading →

10 Culture-Changing Ways to Honor Employees

My Dad is awesome. As a retired high voltage electrician, he loves the fact that I run a business producing medium and high voltage products. He has always been interested in what I am doing with the company. He is especially attentive to the things I do for my employees. What’s even better is he... Continue Reading →

Barnevik on Decisiveness

My first CEO was hardcore. And it was awesome. In 1994, I left the U.S. Navy to work for the global engineering company, ABB, as a design engineer. Our CEO at the time was the legendary, hard-charging Swede, Percy Barnevik. In 1988, Percy created ABB by pulling off the largest European merger at the time, bringing together... Continue Reading →

Simon Sinek on Loving your Company

Simon Sinek is an author, speaker, and marketing consultant.  He has written three books including the 2009 bestseller Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. His TED talk on How Great Leaders Inspire Action is listed as the third most popular TED presentation of all time with close to 32 million... Continue Reading →

A leader is best when people barely know he exists

  This is one of my favorite leadership quotes. The idea that a team would be so intrinsically motivated to complete a goal they forget where the objective actually came from.  To build and motivate a team to this level is difficult. To me, this is the definition of true leadership. What do you think?

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