Best Leadership Advice to Kick off 2010

January 31st, 2010

I was recently quoted in Career Smart Advisor’s article, “The Best Leadership Advice”. My top 3 pieces of advice are as follows:

1. Do what you say you’ll do. This is obvious, but rarely achieved since it sounds much easier than it is to implement in practice.

2. Be consistent and up front with people. This is a key to gaining respect and engagement.

3. Encourage feedback; listen to feedback, but do not assume all feedback is valid or the best approach, even feedback from the CEO.

What have you found to be the best leadership advice? I’d be interested in hearing from you and debaing with you. By the way, my advice comes courtesy of my HR mentor, Debra Daniels. Sometimes it’s not creating new but knowing who to listen to which is most important in achieving success.

Read the full article: click here.

Top Traits of Successful Project Leaders

January 21st, 2010

Are you interested in what all successful project leaders have in common? If so, refer to my recent article in Project Times about this subject: click here.

After evaluating what “works” from being involved in hundreds of projects ranging from the simple to complex, multi-million dollar ones, I’ve identified the top traits of the project leaders who delivered RESULTS: 1) Set direction. 2) Manage the critical path with rigor. 3) Listen and provide feedback. I expand upon these traits in the full article.

I’m interested in your thoughts and feedback. What have you seen?

Business Planning for 2010

January 13th, 2010

Whether we are in a recovery or whether it will turn out to be short-lived, one way to ensure your business is successful is to incorporate lessons learned into business planning for the year ahead.

I was recently quoted in “Erosion Control” in an article on business planning for 2010 about this subject: Lisa Anderson, founder and president of LMA Consulting Group in Claremont, CA, says the 2010 business plan will be a pivotal turning point for companies. “All of the cushion is long gone—it is now essential to immediately focus on the most effective path forward,” she says. “Business plans for 2010 must include a continuous feedback-and-adjustment loop.”

There are several interesting insights in the article. To read the full article, click here.

Are You Ready for a Rebound?

January 5th, 2010

I was recently interviewed by Counselor Magazine for an article titled, “The Recession is Over. Are You Ready for a Rebound?”. To read the full article, click here.

Actually, it is not as simple as it sounds – surprisingly, if you haven’t thought about the rebound and prepared for it, it can take you by surprise and you could miss an opportunity. Who wants to miss an opportunity after getting through the recession??? As I said in the article, “When the recovery gets underway, it’s amazing how you can go from boom to bust in a matter of days or weeks.” So, PREPARE.

I’ve also recently written a newsletter article focused on this topic. In the article, I discuss three keys to preparation success: 1) Flexibility. 2) Plan, plan, plan. 3) Remember liquidity. And, #3 (liquidity) is also a key point in the Counselor Magazine article. “There’s a fine line between preparing for a recovery and creating a path to disaster by overspending into a cash crisis.”

To read the full newsletter article on how to successfully prepare for the recovery, click here.