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Decisions Create Momentum

A decision accomplishes nothing except creating momentum in a particular direction. Deciding to get married, for example, does not create a long and happy marriage


There are some people who value success but don’t care whether they receive praise. They work fine on a team led by a very ambitious

Start With Your Conclusions

When you’re trying to communicate something important to a group, begin at the end, by stating your conclusions and recommendations. Then get into the whys

Make Decisions at Meetings

Make sure no one leaves a meeting without making decisions on every recommendation. If there’s still concern or confusion, schedule a second meeting as soon

Work For the Best Managers You Can

Throughout my career I was fortunate to be tutored by strong leaders and managers, when I worked on the family farm and in the cannery,

Excellent Managers are not Born

Some people think that leaders are anomalies, special people born with the skills and talents that evade the grasp of the rest of us. But

Develop Your Own Management Toolkit

I have always encouraged people to develop their own management toolkit or set of guiding principles. For many years I collected articles, lists, notes, and

Leadership vs. Management

Books on corporate success often focus on leadership. Others focus solely on management. But effectively running an organization demands both leadership and management. They are