Tragically, we sometimes realize the valuable contributions of others in death vs. life. On Monday, April 19th, 2004, James R. Cantalupo, CEO of McDonald’s, died of a massive heart attack just before the opening of the annual McDonald’s convention in Orlando, FL. Mr. Cantalupo came out of retirement in January 2003 after McDonald’s posted its … Continue reading The Late James R. CantalupoCEO – McDonald’s
As a leader, you must help develop the strategy of how you are going to attack your market. People are too often consumed with what their competition is doing. It’s one thing to take your competition into account. It’s quite another thing to try and emulate your competition. If your competition has gained the high … Continue reading Are You Too Hung Up With Your Competition?
Jerry Jones, owner, president and GM of the Dallas Cowboys, is one of those people who you either lover or hate. There is no middle ground. The fans of Dallas despised him when he came to town on his high horse and quickly fired Tom Landry, the only coach the franchise has ever known. Yet, … Continue reading Jerry Jones-The Flexibility Factor
Organizations and individuals often have to make difficult decisions while walking the tightrope of success, decisions that can easily throw them off that path. For example, Dell Computer and ExxonMobil have successfully built overseas call centers in India to handle many of their support calls. The reason is quite simple. The significant savings in labor … Continue reading Tightrope Leadership
When former NY Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy worked for Pat Riley as an assistant coach, he learned a valuable lesson from Pat. Pat told him in a performance review that you need to have 4 things to get respect and results from players; sincerity, reliability, commitment and being trustworthy. Sincerity- In order for people … Continue reading 4 Keys to Effective Leadership
A friend of mine was telling me how much of a B.S. artist his boss was. He was always promising things and never delivered on them. Whether it was getting something done or following through on some operational detail, there was always disappointment to follow. If a manager is leading his life this way, the … Continue reading The Power of Empty Promises
The East Coast is gearing up for Hurricane Isabel. Weather forcasters had started warning people about the potential deadly destruction five days in advance. Why? Clearly to help people prepare, protect their property and their families. Imagine if we did not spend this time preparing and the storm just hit out of no where like … Continue reading Are You Ready for the Hurricane?
Here’s a question for the modern day leader? Does your company represent an organism or an organization? Hopefully, you will have answered organism. An organism is an entity that lives and breathes on it’s own. It’s health and ability to survive depends on the how well the organs (departments) are working. Just as in human … Continue reading An Organism vs. an Organization
Here’s a surprising headline: “Jordan Surprised and Inflamed as Wizards Show Him the Door”. Michael Jordan fell victim to the trap most overachievers fall into. They move into management thinking everyone should have the same attitude, skills and dedication they had when they were playing. Jordan’s downfall as an executive was heightened when he gave … Continue reading You’re Fired Mr. Jordan!
The critical assets a leader needs is the belief and confidence in his/her ideas and commitment to see them through. There are a two caveats to this statement. One, you must really believe what you are doing is truly the best for all involved. Your decisions are not based solely on your need for survival, … Continue reading In the Face of ALL Odds