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Negativity
Attitude Development
Tom Lemanski

That Will Never Work

The Purpose of ANY Business Management Guru, Peter Drucker said it best. Because it’s purpose is to create a customer, the business has two – and only- two functions, marketing and innovation. Marketing and innovation produce results, all the rest

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Old Dog
Attitude Development
Tom Lemanski

Why Have We Always Done It THAT Way?

Doing More with Less As you’re continuously challenged to achieve more with fewer resources, at some point you start to wonder if you’re trying to squeeze blood from a turnip. While it may not be possible to get vegetables to

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Good To Great Cover
Business Coaching
Tom Lemanski

From “Good To Great” To GONE

The first six weeks of 2009 were not kind to the reputation of Jim Collins’ business bible, Good To Great. Performance issues with at least five of the eleven chronicled Good to Great companies have hit the headlines. G2G financial

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Chicken
Business Coaching
Tom Lemanski

Brave New World is No Place for Chickens

Decision Making in Times of Uncertainty With the current pessimism, media overkill and uncertainty about economic conditions, we are seeing more so-called leaders become reluctant to set revenue and/or profit or related performance goals with their subordinates. In the interest

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Meltdown
Behavioral Diversity
Tom Lemanski

Meltdown Message

Hello Muddeh We’ve all been pondering our country’s financial meltdown and wondering: How could this happen? Here’s my take. I’m not a financial guy. My analysis comes through the lens of understanding how human dynamics affects how things do and/or

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Hammer
Business Coaching
Tom Lemanski

If I Had A Hammer

Figuratively Speaking, you do. So, what are you doing with it? Pogo Cartoonist Walt Kelly coined the phrase: We have met the enemy and he is us. If we can accept that we are all our own worst enemy, the

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High Road
Attitude Development
Tom Lemanski

Tough Times Test

As the tight economy has reduced business activity and limited resources, I’m also seeing an accompanying new trend in behaviors. Variations of that ever popular lie: “The check’s in the mail” is being used with greater regularity. With that, there

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Good To Great Bus
Business Coaching
Tom Lemanski

Filling Your “Good to Great” Bus

Your passengers and their placement can determine your success. It has been said that business leaders evolve into one of three categories: ▪ Inspired ▪ Complacent ▪ Desperate In 2001, author Jim Collins provided the inspired with a business bible

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A U
Lifetime Learning
Tom Lemanski

The Automobile University

Advanced Education on Wheels Puts Personal Development on Cruise Control “Would you like knowledge with that?” Commuter Downtime It’s been said that commuters here in Chicago experience only two seasons in the course of a year: winter and construction. Both

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Question
Business Coaching
Tom Lemanski

What Business Are You In?

What’s Your Answer? When asked this question, most of us tend to answer it in terms of our typical activities and expertise. We speak of what we do and how we do it. My advice to those attempting to articulate

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Fax
Business Coaching
Tom Lemanski

E-Layoffs: Efficiency at What Price?

For those who missed the recent story, executives at Radio Shack made headlines with the lay-off of 400 employees via E-Mail. In what once might have been considered a magical move, the Radio Shack folks figured out how to make

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Employee Turnover
Tom Lemanski

Tackling The Truth Of Turnover

When it comes to understanding their employee turnover, many employers don’t know what they don’t know.  And just when they think they know, there’s usually something else. Competition I’ve long been a believer that businesses owners must maintain an awareness

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Good To Great Cover
Business Coaching
Tom Lemanski

Pursuit of “Level 5” Leadership

In the business best seller Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t, author Jim Collins explores common elements to eleven publicly traded companies that made a transformation from good performance to at least fifteen years

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Business Blue Print
Business Coaching
Tom Lemanski

Why Would We Wing-It?

What does it really cost to Wing It? Business Blue Prints Most companies in manufacturing and construction have developed competencies with AutoCAD™ or some other Computer Aided Design system for generating plans. Smaller organizations may lack in-house CAD resources, but

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Good To Great Cover
Business Coaching
Tom Lemanski

Strategic Pursuit of Greatness – Step 1

If you can’t define it, how will you achieve it? In the business best seller Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t, author Jim Collins explores the common elements of eleven publicly traded companies that

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Cock Pit
Attitude Development
Tom Lemanski

Is Attainability on Your Pre-flight Checklist?

Ready For Take Off? Imagine you are a commercial airline pilot responsible for the safe delivery of a plane full of passengers to their scheduled destination. The successful outcome of your flight depends on precise completion of a series of

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Attitude Development
Tom Lemanski

Lessons from the Terrell Owens Saga

 Now that Pro Football’s Prima Donna has hijacked our attention. What can we learn? Anyone passively exposed to sports news has heard the saga of Terrell Owens (a.k.a. “T.O.”), the physically skilled Philadelphia Eagles receiver whose selfish behavior got him

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Business Coaching
Tom Lemanski

Cutting Edge Leadership from Ancient Greece

The Leader of the Future As a student of leadership effectiveness and influencing skills, a quote from Management Guru Peter Drucker provided inspiration I’m compelled to share with subscribers. The leader of the past knew how to tell. The leader

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The Law of Process
Business Coaching
Tom Lemanski

Pursuit of Greatness and The Law of Process

The Law of Process The Law of Process is a developmental model that applies to every process from learning to tie your shoes to building sustained greatness. Continuous development involves moving through successive quadrants on a continuous progression of growth.

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Groind Zero
Business Coaching
Tom Lemanski

Three Disasters. Three Leaders.

When disaster struck New York, Chicago and New Orleans, how did leadership respond? Just two weeks shy of the fourth anniversary of September 11, our country experienced another epic disaster, Hurricane Katrina. Our political leadership was challenged to respond. The

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Business Coaching
Tom Lemanski

Exploring Email Effectiveness

How smart are YOUR Communication Choices? Do you remember that classic United Airlines TV commercial? The one where a company leader announces they have lost one of their oldest customers because they didn’t know us anymore? The CEO’s passionate response

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Frog 1
Business Coaching
Tom Lemanski

Lessons From Frogs

Decision Making Insight from Amphibians Allow me to share some valuable insight I’ve gained about the process of decision making and subsequent execution. It comes from an unlikely source: frogs. Before you ignore this seemly unintelligent source, I urge you

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Good To Great Cover
Good to Great
Tom Lemanski

Good is the Enemy of Great

 Why is it so easy to settle for good? The title of this briefing, “Good is the Enemy of Great” is the first sentence of Jim Collins’ business best seller, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and

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Iron Mike
Attitude Development
Tom Lemanski

My Way or The Highway

The labor market is improving. Will some of your key people choose the highway? That’s An Order! In the military, where discipline is essential, the expression; “that’s an order” is routinely used as a clarifier for urgent requests. What a

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Screw Up
Attitude Development
Tom Lemanski

What Can I Screw Up Today?

No one approaches their work day by asking this question. Yet despite noble intentions, expensive miscues occur every day. Why? OK, perhaps there are some postal workers that might intentionally direct your parcel to Bora Bora. So let’s just consider

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Treadmill
Attitude Development
Tom Lemanski

Beyond The E-Myth

Michael Gerber was Correct. But… Michael Gerber’s 1988 book, The E-Myth, is recommended reading for all entrepreneurial business owners. The sequel, The E-Myth Revisited, is the more valuable read. If you’ve not read these or need a review, here is

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Tracks
Business Coaching
Tom Lemanski

We’ve Always Done It That Way

Railroad Q & A Have you ever wondered why the U.S. standard railroad gauge (the distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8½ inches? Probably not, but you must admit it’s a peculiar number. Like many of our US measuring

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Clock
Time Management
Tom Lemanski

Time Is Money

What does “Time Is Money” Really Mean You’ve heard the old adage: Time is money. We all say it.  What does that really mean? Many of us are paid on the basis of the amount of time that we put

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Silver Bullet
Business Coaching
Tom Lemanski

Cutting Through Marketing Clutter

Are there silver bullets for today’s cluttered marketing arena? Brand building attempts are everywhere today. We need to look no further than professional sporting events to be exposed to advertising overkill.  In baseball, superimposed ads behind home plate are changed

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Family Business
accountability
Tom Lemanski

Two Rules for Mixing Family With Business

In my experience with family owned businesses, I have discovered that if owners would follow two simple rules, their lives would be both more prosperous and harmonious. Rule #1:Treat your employees like family. Rule #2: Treat your family like employees.

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Fire Hose
Attitude Development
Tom Lemanski

Shortfalls of Seminar Training

Wasting Millions In his book Working With Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman describes how millions are wasted on two and three day leadership and management training seminars. In some researched cases, performance actually dropped after seminar training. Drinking from a Fire Hose

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Plateau
Attitude Development
Tom Lemanski

Business Growth and The Peter Principle

A business will rise no higher than the level of its leadership. The Peter Principle; defined Executive recruiters and commercial lenders agree that it takes a different kind of leader to run a $20 million company that it does to

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pinocchio
accountability
Tom Lemanski

The Pinocchio Effect

 It starts with with a seemingly harmless fabrication Have ever you avoided a phone call by instructing your assistant… “Tell him I’ve gone to lunch” or “Tell her I’m in a meeting” …when it’s not true? It seems like a

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