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How do winners act?

by Sam on November 16, 2010

A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are for.  ~Admiral Grace Hopper   One-Minute Answer:  Admiral Hopper could also have put it this way: “There are two kinds of people in the world—those who take action and those who don’t.”   The two preceding ASKs explained two-thirds of the advice given [...]


How do winners speak?

by Sam on November 9, 2010

If all my talents and powers were to be taken away from me by some inscrutable Providence, and I had my choice of keeping but one, I would unhesitatingly ask to be allowed to keep the Power of Speaking, for through it I would quickly recover all the rest.  ~Daniel Webster   One-Minute Answer:  Last [...]


How will I know I’ve made it as a leader?

by Sam on September 28, 2010

I believe the true road to preeminent success in any line is to make yourself master of that line. ~Andrew Carnegie One-Minute Answer: When George graduated from college, the job market was tough. He considered himself blessed to be hired onto a public utility operations and maintenance crew. Within two years his energetic and selfless [...]


One-Minute Answer:  I’ve got some troubling habits to change.   They reduce my effectiveness and my value to the people I love and to those I serve. How do I (and you) reverse patterns of dysfunctional behavior that are based in hard wiring (DNA) and have crept into soft wiring (learned over time)? We both [...]


One-Minute Answer:  Before you can reach your fullest potential as a leader you must become the best possible follower. As Ben Franklin said, “He that cannot obey, cannot command.”   Three things are needed. First, plant in your head what it means to serve others in positions of authority. Second, send that knowledge to your [...]


Am I strategic with my time?

by Sam on May 18, 2010

One Minute Answer:  You are more ready than ever to be strategic with your time once you’ve applied the counsel in the previous four ASKs. That’s because you’ve reduced the routine, curtailed the crises, winnowed the wasted, and minimized the misguided portions of your day.   When you diminish these parasites, though, be swift to [...]


How did great leaders get that way?

by Sam on February 23, 2010

One-Minute Answer:  Two recent email blasts on the biggest mistakes that leaders make, prompted several comments from readers. Most common among them were, “You’ve told us what not to do; now tell us what to do!”   One query from a CEO was, “You mentioned an Executive Leadership Academy; what’s that all about?” The five-minute [...]

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One-Minute Answer: The CEO who commands the respect of her Board is free to lead with confidence. The VP who pleases his CEO will become a succession candidate. The manager prized by the VP she reports to is going places. The administrative assistant who wins the favor of his manager has job security and career [...]


What is the biggest mistake that leaders make?

by admin on December 8, 2009

One-Minute Answer: The other day I enjoyed a cup of my favorite coffee—a grande half-caff with four shots of mocha syrup and negative room at Starbucks. I was there to meet my Pennsylvania State Representative for the first time. We had a pleasant time getting acquainted. As often happens when a new friend learns of [...]