Leadership

See the Signs: Why Attention to Every Detail Matters

One of my most trusted mantras throughout my life has been that we all have to read the signs. The signs are everywhere. The signs are reality. If we look at reality, at what is happening around us, then we can make better decisions. That’s a lesson I learned from my Hall of Fame head…

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Don’t Fall in Love with Your Ideas

It is natural for us to get excited about our own ideas and projects. But as a small business owner, it’s important to keep objective about what you are doing, so that you will be willing to make a tough decision if you find that something is not working. When you come up with an…

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How to Be a Great Leader in Just Two Steps

Leadership is a controversial subject. Countless books and articles have been dedicated to pinpointing the exact qualities of a great leader—qualities, they say, that will apparently turn you into the next Winston Churchill or Oprah Winfrey. I’ve always thought that idea was a bit ridiculous. Not every leader is a dynamic, booming personality, and effective…

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Do or Don’t — But Make a Decision

Procrastination in business is a very real problem—for companies both large and small. I am continually amazed at how many people and companies have wall-to-wall meetings, all day, every day. At the end of the meeting, they have successfully scheduled the next meeting, and that’s it! They never actually get anything done. Ideas bounce around…

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Recognize Every Role on Your Team

Is everyone on your team getting the recognition they deserve for the role they play in making your business succeed? Don’t make the mistake of overlooking some jobs and some people just because their role isn’t as high-paying or glamorous. Everyone should be recognized for the function they serve, and for their most important responsibilities…

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What is Our Best?

What is our best? What do we really mean when we talk about doing our best? It’s become a stock answer we hear whenever someone asks another person to do something: “I’ll try my best!” Afterwards, we’ll hear the inevitable follow-up: “I tried my best.” I’ve come to realize that those statements bother me. At…

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How to Get Better Leadership Feedback

Leadership matters. So how can you become a better leader? Those skills can be developed, but only if you take the right approach, both for your own development as a leader and for developing the leadership skills of key members of your team. You can use leadership feedback—but you have to be careful how you…

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It’s Not About Me

Your business isn’t about you. It’s not about what you think people want, it’s not what strategies you think will work, it’s not what you think your product or service’s value is. The reality is that any business has to be about meeting the needs of other people, providing a product or service that other…

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How Small Failures Help You Avoid a Big One

American optimism has launched many businesses. But it’s all too easy for enthusiastic entrepreneurs to think that they can push through problems by sheer optimism. As I have found out in my years in business, though, if you don’t deal with reality, reality will surely deal with you. There’s actually recent scientific research to back…

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Fully Commit to Your Game Plan

When I decide to do something, I fully commit to doing it. If I think that something is worth doing, then it is worth doing right, giving it my full attention and best effort. It might succeed, it might not—but I want to give it the best I have. As a quarterback, the time to…

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