You’re Fired Mr. Jordan!

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!

In the Face of ALL Odds

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

The Future is Today

In your role as a leader, are your actions solely addressing the issue of closing sales now, or are part of your actions positioning your organization for the future? The future starts today! If we don’t take time to work on it in the present, then it will suddenly appear and we won’t be prepared … Continue reading The Future is Today

Being Present in the Moment

A few years ago, I participated in a 9-week seminar that met on Wednesday nights. It was a huge commitment considering my travel schedule and many participants found it tough to give it their all. Half way through the program, a young college student got up and suggested that we end the program that night. … Continue reading Being Present in the Moment

Fear Factor

In the early 90’s, the Squeegee Brigade was out in full force in New York City, creating fear in everyone. The squeeqee guys are the one’s who come up to your car, start cleaning the windows and ask for a tip. If you didn’t tip, you were subjected to further abuse. When Mayor Giuliani directed … Continue reading Fear Factor

Three Elements of Success

For any organization or individual to succeed, you need three things: The right strategy, the right talent and the right tools. All too often, the strategy is sound, the talent is capable, but the tools fall far short in helping the talent succeed. In this case, I am referring to skills as the tools required … Continue reading Three Elements of Success

All it takes is 3 Cents!!!!

A Titan Sales Executive knows that in order to succeed, you need a good resource proclamation—- a statement to start your sales call with and define the outcomes a customer will realize from using your products and services. Gary Stewart and his wife Denise are Titan real estate agents who provided us with a classic … Continue reading All it takes is 3 Cents!!!!

Coaching with Sandwiches

Ever wonder what the best way is to give advice to someone? Try using the “sandwich approach”. The sandwich contains 3 parts: Positive reinforcement on top, advice in the middle and positive reinforcement on the bottom. Here’s an example. Many moons ago when I was the National Value Added Reseller Manager for a manufacturer of … Continue reading Coaching with Sandwiches

The Growth Factor

The number of times I have encountered the “Apple Effect” are too numerous to count. What is the Apple Effect? It is the textbook example of when entrepreneur Steve Jobs started Apple Computer in his garage and grew to epic proportions. Jobs ran into trouble when the company reached a certain point and required a … Continue reading The Growth Factor