Here are the Blogs in the Tips
Tuesday, 4 September 2012
I just read a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt that said “Do one thing every day that scares you.” Seems like unlikely business advice, but how many of us choose to do what’s comfortable most of the time? The message here is that we should stretch ourselves when we get the ...Read More...
Posted on 09/04/2012 10:54 AM by Mary Fink
Wednesday, 29 August 2012
Thirty years ago my mentor and boss, Tom Hennesy, spent time with me reviewing the economics of our business. He made sure that his eventual successor had a full understanding of the various financial measures of the business. He had me study the profit or loss statements of every operating ...Read More...
Posted on 08/29/2012 10:44 AM by Joe Scarlett
Tuesday, 21 August 2012
The leaders who earn the most respect and typically achieve the best results are the ones who select good teams, set clear direction, delegate, empower, trust and then celebrate the successes. At our leadership institute we regularly talk about “pushing decision making to the lowest possible level.” ...Read More...
Posted on 08/21/2012 1:01 PM by Joe Scarlett
Monday, 13 August 2012
I recently spent an hour with fifty young ambitious leaders. What a thrill. I led off with my standard talk about Tractor Supply Company and the basic principles of leadership. You could tell that this was an engaged group by the expressions on their faces and that they laughed at my occasional ...Read More...
Posted on 08/13/2012 11:38 AM by Joe Scarlett
Tuesday, 7 August 2012
Start each day with a good look in the mirror and ask yourself “Do I look like someone I would be happy to work for or with?” Your personal appearance telegraphs an awful lot about you in so many ways. If you look professional others think of you as professional. If you look unprofessional ...Read More...
Posted on 08/07/2012 1:54 PM by Joe Scarlett
Monday, 30 July 2012
If you are in leadership for any extended amount of time a tough decision or conversation is coming. Advising a vendor you are moving business, demoting an employee who is struggling, ethical breeches of conduct, implementing strategy changes…. Any way you look at ...Read More...
Posted on 07/30/2012 9:33 AM by Janet Rives
Thursday, 26 July 2012
Posted on 07/26/2012 9:35 AM by Joe Scarlett
Monday, 23 July 2012
“Liking your chores is not a prerequisite of you doing them.” Did you Mother ever tell you this? Mine sure did, and I’m thankful for this work ethic given me young in life. However at the moment I likely rolled my eyes and stomped off to do what was asked.
Even ...Read More...
Posted on 07/23/2012 9:19 AM by Janet Rives
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
The great leaders make a point of setting clear direction in as many ways and as frequently as possible. There is no greater disappointment than working on a project only to find that unclear direction has led the project off track and now needs to back up and restart. In virtually every ...Read More...
Posted on 07/17/2012 10:30 AM by Joe Scarlett
Monday, 9 July 2012
Our world is in a constant state of change driven to a large degree by technology. Don’t be left out – change is coming - like it or not, so take charge of the change process. Get out in front. My advice about the topic is to go someplace different to talk about change – if you ...Read More...
Posted on 07/09/2012 9:04 AM by Joe Scarlett
Monday, 2 July 2012
The number one obstacle to executive growth is the inability and unwillingness to really delegate responsibility. Non-delegators are also known as “micro-managers” and micro-managers may be the biggest morale busters in business. So if you want to move up the ladder get comfortable ...Read More...
Posted on 07/02/2012 11:05 AM by Joe Scarlett
Monday, 25 June 2012
The financial situation in Europe is almost comical. Greece, Spain, Portugal, Cypress, Italy and others are all looking for a bailout as if there is big cookie jar in the sky. Who will be next week? What happened to taking care of yourself? Your business? Your country? ...Read More...
Posted on 06/25/2012 7:25 AM by Joe Scarlett
Monday, 18 June 2012
Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase, testified in Congress a few days ago about the bank’s two billion dollar plus trading loss. He apologized, took personal responsibility and made it clear that only stockholders lost money – no customer or taxpayer lost a penny. The bank that he ...Read More...
Posted on 06/18/2012 8:45 AM by Joe Scarlett
Thursday, 14 June 2012
You can improve your leadership skills by serving on a board – any board. The dynamics of individuals working together (or not) in a board environment is challenging, time consuming and often frustrating. It is also a great way to study how individuals interact as a group to lead an ...Read More...
Posted on 06/14/2012 11:57 AM by Joe Scarlett
Monday, 11 June 2012
We speak frequently about the difference between urgency and importance—urgency having a deadline attached, and importance being related to achieving those things that move us toward our goals or mission. There are those things that are both urgent and important, but more often than not, ...Read More...
Posted on 06/11/2012 11:55 AM by Mary Fink
Tuesday, 5 June 2012
You earn success in business when you really accomplish the important things. The fact that you are doing a lot of tasks does not necessarily mean that you are accomplishing the right stuff. Sit back and analyze what you are actually accomplishing.
Early in my career a wise older manager taught ...Read More...
Posted on 06/05/2012 10:28 AM by Joe Scarlett
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
This advice may seem counter intuitive but it can work wonders for you and your company. The more you know about products and services in your industry the better prepared you will be to compete and innovate.
I made it a point to visit competitors as I traveled the country and would often call ...Read More...
Posted on 05/30/2012 2:03 PM by Joe Scarlett
Friday, 25 May 2012
Holding on to key talent, developing and preparing them for each level of leadership is critical. The transition from management to true leadership can be daunting. Ask yourself this…although your Senior Team has the strategic and financial skills to lead a great meeting ...Read More...
Posted on 05/25/2012 11:02 AM by Mary Fink and Janet Rives
Thursday, 24 May 2012
I have been working lately with several organizations on their vision statements, and have been reminded of the importance of having something out there, whether for organizations or individuals, that is drawing us toward it. In the change material I teach, there is a skill that successful changers ...Read More...
Posted on 05/24/2012 11:27 AM by Mary Fink
Monday, 21 May 2012
We constantly hear about the lack of jobs for young people and yet openings for some positions never get filled. Although the situation is worse for those without a college degree the issue is broad based. So I challenge parents about the kind of career guidance you are providing to your offspring.
It ...Read More...
Posted on 05/21/2012 11:29 AM by Joe Scarlett