Values

Posts with the ‘Values’ tag

West Point’s Prayer for Leaders on July 4

Thirty-three years ago this week, I entered the United States Military Academy at West Point as part of the Class of 1988.  That first week, we had to learn the West Point Cadet Prayer. This week the Class of 2021 began their journey as part of the “Long Gray Line”.

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Leadership and Vision – Am I Enjoying The Ride?

Reactionary, stressed out, short-fused, and negative – when I am like this it is usually because I have lost sight of my vision. I am focused on the short term and forgot how to enjoy the ride I am on. A leader without vision, is doomed to fail at work and at home. 

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Two Common and Controllable Causes of Stress

Very few people gravitate TOWARDS someone who is a ball of stress. Most of us like to be around the person who seems to have things under control or at least has a positive perspective on life.  Yet many people walk around strung tighter than a piano wire.

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Staying Strong In A Crisis

Business crisis, family crisis, personal crisis – no matter who I am or how blessed a life I’ve led to this point, I will face a crisis sooner or later.   How I respond in a crisis says a lot about who I am as a person and a leader. Do I run from a challenge […]

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A Leader’s Values

Unfortunately, many companies have values that no one can remember or understand.  Even fewer companies have values that people actually live by. Some leaders believe that just because they have a list of lofty sounding words posted somewhere, they have done something important. But, what should values do besides take up space on a company […]

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Hire and Fire For Values – Part 2 Firing

It takes a lot of work to fire someone these days.  Our friends in the legal profession have made the process of firing employees incredibly time consuming.  For some leaders, this process is a disincentive for doing the right thing. When a leader  allows a low performer to stay, that leader is failing.  In the […]

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Hire and Fire For Values – Part 1 Hiring

Why does one person get hired over another?  Why does one person get fired over another?  Performance is a good reason.  Values are an even better reason. A hypocrite is someone who says one thing but does another.  Therefore, an organization that claims values that they do not demonstrate is hypocritical and so is its […]

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Contracts Versus Covenants – In Business & In Life

“If you do this, then I will do that.”  or “I’m going to do this.”  Period. End of story. One is the basic language in most contracts. One is the language of a covenant. The problem with contracts is that if one party does not comply, then the other party is not obligated to comply […]

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The Secret To Keeping A Great Culture Great – Interview with Bob Funk, CEO of Express Employment Professionals on IMPACT Talk Radio

Bob Funk, Founder and CEO of Express Employment Professionals ($2.8 billion annually) speaks with Dave Anderson about The Secret to Keeping a Great Culture Great on this 30 minute podcast. All past and current podcasts also available on iTunes. (Over 5 Million downloads to date!) Please rate us on iTunes as well! Other resources -free […]

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Three Reasons People Don’t Trust You

His team didn’t trust him and Tom was confused. He was a good guy and an award winning salesman prior to being promoted. But, he and his team were not connecting. They liked him just fine. But, they did not trust him. Trust is not easy. In today’s world, it takes more than just being […]

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