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How Can Entrepreneurs Pick the Next Big Thing?

How Can Entrepreneurs Pick the Next Big Thing?

How Can Entrepreneurs Pick the Next Big Thing?

How do you pick the right people to help you expand, both personally and professionally?  How do you advise the people close to you why you think they should get more involved in the next big thing?

I’ve made my life riding the waves with many of the world’s most interesting entrepreneurs and leaders. When I was invited to speak for my client s and their partners to share my thinking about the future and what it held for these leaders, I was always asked: How do you find the next big thing so many times? Read More…

How Serving Leaders Relieve Stress at Work

Can this simple tool help relieve your stress?

Can this simple tool help relieve your stress?

“Are you serious about doing business with me?”

Diana was a real talent: a former Director of Development for another nonprofit organization who was working part-time these days while raising very young twins. We were lucky she was available.  Our nonprofit organization had a lot of grant proposals to write in a short span of time and could not do it all ourselves.  But here she was, fuming.

“Dennis, you introduced me to your Executive Director and everything appeared to go well. I sent her a proposal over a week ago. I’ve called and left voicemail messages. I’ve reached out to her by email. She’s just not calling me back. Do you have any idea what’s going on?” Read More…

Does Your Culture Need a Strategy Upgrade?

Does your culture need a strategy upgrade?

Does your culture need a strategy upgrade?

I’ve heard it said culture eats strategy for lunch. I believe the quote was originally from Peter Drucker. The quote may have been true at the time of Peter’s death, but I believe that many of the organizations that Peter worked with have struggled in the new economy.

Mr. Drucker has had a profound impact on leadership and management thinking in many successful organizations over the past 50 years.

If Peter were still with us today, I believe he might say culture and strategy both are needed to create extraordinary organizations. Being overly reliant on either could be a prescription for failure.

Culture can take an organization a long way toward success. Read More…

How Great Recruiting Can Help You Build a Great Team

How important is great recruiting to your success?

How important is great recruiting to your success?

We talked earlier this week about how leaders need to invest to get the best ROI on their time investments. I believe the number one responsibility of leader is recruiting, developing, and retaining key people for their organization.

Today, we talk about recruiting, something I have significant experience in, having recruited recent college grads to managing directors for nonprofits, to CXO level leaders in Fortune 10 global organizations. I’m often asked what advice I would give leaders about recruiting great people.  I believe all great leaders are great at recruiting others to their teams. I’ve never met a great leader who couldn’t recruit other key people for their organizations. Read More…

Leaders Are You Serving One or Many With Your Service?

Who are you serving with your service?

Who are you serving with your service?

How is your organization set up? Is it set up to serve the one, or the many?  Today, we have people who are online with millions of followers.  They have created great systems to make a living selling a small percentage of their followers their products and services. Are they serving others needs?

Many are the rock stars of social media and have the followers to prove it. Take a step back and look at what you’re trying to accomplish.  Do you really need a million followers to have something worthwhile to say?  Or are you diluting your message to get more followers and losing the people who really care? Read More…

What Can Entrepreneurs Learn from George Washington Today?

What lessons can we learn from George Washington?

What lessons can we learn from George Washington?

George Washington led our country well over 220 years ago. How would he deal with the many challenges facing serving leaders today? What can we serving entrepreneurs learn from this revolutionary leader?  Could his revolutionary leadership strategies still help entrepreneurs today? Read More…

What Can Serving Leaders Learn About Influence From Abraham Lincoln?

What can Abraham Lincoln teach you about influence?

What can Abraham Lincoln teach you about influence?

What can President Abraham Lincoln teach serving leaders about authentic communications? When you think about President Lincoln, what do you think about? What can we learn from this self-made man from Kentucky? How would he deal with our 24 hour news cycle? What communication lessons can we take from our 16th president? Read More…

Leaders: Is Your Own Self-Assessment Holding You Back?

How can leaders get  a more realistic self-assessment?

How can leaders get a more realistic self-assessment?

Earlier this week, we talked about the critical emotional intelligence capability of self-awareness. I got several notes asking if it’s possible that you don’t read yourself accurately. In a word, yes.

Many entrepreneurs struggle with their ability to accurately read their own strengths and weaknesses. The challenge is to increase your self-assessment capabilities.

Your self-assessment capability can be the difference between building a good company or a great one. Read More…

Can Self-Awareness Give Serving Leaders an Edge?

Can self-awareness give serving leaders an edge?

Can self-awareness give serving leaders an edge?

How do you stand out from your peers? What’s the secret ingredient for great serving leadership? How do you evaluate a leader’s potential leadership capabilities in today’s rapidly changing times? How can self-awareness give serving leaders an edge?

I’ve interviewed over 17,000 leaders in my career as a management consultant.  It seems like there should be some similarities between all the people who excel at leadership over the past 25 years.  Before 2002, if someone had asked, I could tell you what my clients wanted, but it was very hard to define across my clients’ many markets and industries. Read More…

How Can Entrepreneurs Create a Culture of Excellence?

How do you build a strong business culture?

How do you build a strong business culture?

How does an entrepreneur create a leadership culture? How do you build an organization that continues to grow and build, maturing beyond the capabilities of its founder and original leadership team?  To be a successful leader today, you must be able to expand beyond your own leadership capabilities to create a culture focused on excellence.

You must successfully develop other leaders who are able to leverage your core strengths while using their own to help further the culture of excellence you started when you founded the business.  To be successful in succession planning, you must create leaders in all areas of your business. Read More…

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