Leading People

October 11, 2012

Leaders Push Reality

Leaders Push

The Wall of Reality

In the last two posts “The Reality Principle” and “Focus On The Winning Idea” I wrote about the importance of seeing reality clearly.

This post is about how leaders can push reality to achieve great things.

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October 8, 2012

Focus On The Winning Idea — Kill All The Others

Focus On The Winning Idea -- Kill All The Others

Focus Winning IdeaIn the last post I wrote about The Reality Principle — how success depends on seeing and accepting reality for what it is, then making decisions based on reality instead of your own wishful thinking.   If you do not see reality clearly, reality automatically will work against you and bring pain.

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October 3, 2012

The Reality Principle

I have learned through trial and error that the ability to see reality clearly makes all the difference in achieving desirable outcomes in life.  I call this “The Reality Principle.”

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September 27, 2012

Weigh Yourself Every Day For Business Success

I like to eat.  I like to drink beer.

But I don’t want to get fat.  That’s why I weigh myself every day.

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August 14, 2012

Give People a Fine Reputation to Live Up To (and Don’t be a Jerk)

(and Don't be a Jerk)

Don’t be this guy.

It’s the humbling lessons you remember best.

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August 9, 2012

Managing Someone Out (The Right Way)

I was a little dramatic in my last post Good Leaders Fire People.  Managing someone out (the right way) is different from firing.

My definition of “firing” is a forceful and immediate removal from the company.  Firing should be reserved for someone who steals, lies or otherwise shows big integrity problems.  Firing decisions are easy because they are so clear.

Managing someone out the right way means you ask someone to resign and he or she does so willingly.  It’s a lot tougher than firing someone.

I’ll teach you how.

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August 5, 2012

Good Leaders Fire People

You can’t be a good leader unless you learn to fire people.

I call it “managing out.”

Sometimes you make a hiring mistake.  Sometimes the organization outgrows the ability of a person.  Sometimes people get too comfortable and complacent.  The list goes on.

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July 30, 2012

“Looking for the Gift”

Thanh made this photo for me for my 39th birthday. She gave me a much greater gift later.

Sometimes it’s the painful moments in leadership that lead to amazing learning.

In 2008 VietnamWorks started a professional networking business similar to LinkedIn.  It was called Caravat.com.  We recruited a dynamic and talented young woman, Thanh, to start and run it.  Thanh was intimidated at first but quickly grew into the role.  She launched a good site and hired a great team.

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July 26, 2012

Glory in the Struggle

Building a business takes time.  And effort.  And pain.  Lots of pain.

“Oh sh*t, one of my top stars just quit.”
“Oh frack, the employee we fired for stealing is threatening legal action.”
“Oh cripes, the sales team made the same mistake again?!”

There are days when just going to work feels like a grueling crawl through the mud.  We’ve all been there.

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July 2, 2012

There Is No Company

There is no spoon company.

There is no company.

The company is a piece of paper on file in a government office.  It is a figment of our collective imagination.  It does’t exist.

The words you use matter because they control your thoughts.  So I want you to stop using the word “company.”  As in “It’s good for the company” or “Is she a fit with the company?”

Instead I want you to begin using the word “team” to replace the word “company.”  As in “It’s good for the team” or “Is she a fit with the team?”  It’s more real, more personal.

“Team” means people.  People are the company.  People are what really matters.  People will work together with you to make something great.

The business of business is people.

There is no company.