I've had the pleasure of being in the audience twice to learn of the process that John Naber, swimmer, followed to win four gold medals and one silver medal in the 1976 Olympics.
When was the last time you had a conversation with your weakest link, your lowest-performing direct report; the individual not doing what you want them to do?
When does "Yes" mean, "Yeah, let's do the deal?" When does "Yes" mean, "Yes, I'm interested, let's talk further?" And when does "Yes" mean, "Yes, I believe you are a real jerk and I never want to see you again?"
Success in 2015 will be determined by how effectively the leader executes against their plan. At the end of the year, the only question that will matter is: "were the goals achieved?"
Even California, with its higher home prices and greater demand than much of the rest of the nation, is poised for a return of the first-time home buyer, with more than a few analysts saying 2015 may see the full recovery of the housing market.
Early on in my career I had the pleasure of working in a fast growing corporation that doubled its revenue to a billion dollars in six years.
This is the first full week of the New Year and if you are like most individuals, you are going to have a better year than last year, because you have taken time to carefully consider what you want to accomplish.
When it comes to housing, or most anything, the generation of Americans born between 1946 and 1964 sets trends, makes or breaks businesses and drives markets. And "baby boomers" still love owning a home.
1. The economy no longer matters to me; we are going to grow revenue in 2015 regardless of any external obstacles.
If you're looking to grow your business in the face of a stronger economy, chances are that most of you will be considering increasing at least part of your staff with contingent workers.
A client of mine hired a long lost relative and placed him in management. For the sake of confidentiality, let's call this gentleman Steve.
In a move intended to expand credit for qualified buyers with little cash, first-time buyers of single-family homes now can qualify for loans with down payments as low as 3 percent.
Almost everyone looks back at their career at some point. The good times are remembered, the tough times are recalled, and the things learned that might apply to what they are doing at the moment surface.
Captain Steven Hiller is piloting the alien craft toward the mother ship, when suddenly he loses control of the spacecraft.
Research conducted by The CEO Project suggests that the individuals who lead companies should spend their time very differently than how most are currently spending it.
One magazine article I have read many times for the valuable insight it provides and have passed on to prospects and clients is from Inc. Magazine. "Marcus Buckingham Thinks Your Boss Has an Attitude Problem" was published in the summer of 2001.
Employers, batten down the hatches, the perfect storm is arriving now! The perfect employment storm that is.
I have long believed that if you are not growing, you are dying. This can be applied to individuals and organizations.
The hungry, driven business owner ranks at the top of any list of the "most impatient people on the planet."
By this time in April, everyone should be back at work from Spring Break and the related holidays.
Last week I mentioned radio station WIIFM, which stands for "What's in it For Me."
My previous two columns have focused on how good employees are being poached away from their current employer followed by the why, how and where to find great contributors to succeed those that have departed.
Keep Your Home California recently announced a new pilot program to help low- and moderate-income senior homeowners avoid foreclosure on their reverse mortgages.
When an employee has been poached away, where can you find their successor?
It's a difficult thing when a loyal, dedicated employee walks into your office and tells you that they are resigning because they have taken a job someplace else.
I've often been asked by top executives "Where should I invest my time?" and my answer is that it should be divided between the tactical and the strategic.
It's only been eight weeks since the start of the New Year but it feels as if it has been an eternity.
Don't you think it would be best for your company if all those that work there knew exactly what is expected of them?
It seems appropriate, what with it being Lincoln's birthday, to write about what is known as the "Lincoln Law," or the False Claims Act.
Who is a manager? Those individuals held responsible and accountable for the proper supervision and leadership of employees. Managers should concern themselves with the key functional areas of planning, organizing, controlling, coordinating and leading.