Leadership Inspirations – The Will to Win

“The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.”

Vince Lombardi (1913 – 1970)
Head Coach of the Green Bay Packers (1959 – 1967); winning five league championships. The National Football League’s Super Bowl trophy is named in his honor

What Would a Business Robot Do?

There is an old joke about a man who goes to his neighbor’s house to borrow a lawnmower. On the way, he thinks about all the reasons his neighbor might say no to his request, and gets angrier and angrier as he listens to the imaginary argument in his head. When he finally gets to his neighbor’s house, he rings the doorbell, waits for the neighbor to answer, and shouts, “Keep your [email protected]#n lawnmower you ungrateful @#$%^&*!”

Most of us become aware, at some point in our lives, of the price we pay for cutting ourselves off from our feelings. Like a river flowing against a dam, the more we resist feeling what we feel, the stronger those feelings can get. But what many people also fail to notice is how these repressed feelings and emotions get in the way of making sound business decisions.

Emma was struggling to keep her home-based business alive after about a year of very hard work and very limited profits. When she hired me to help her turn things around (or help her make peace with letting the business go), the first thing I did was introduce her to a thinking tool I use with many of my clients:

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About the Author

Michael Neill is an internationally renowned transformative coach and the author of the new book, Supercoach: 10 Secrets to Transform Anyone’s Life. For the past 20 years, he has been a coach, adviser, mentor, and creative spark plug to celebrities, CEOs, royalty and people who want to get more out of their lives. He hosts a weekly talk show on HayHouseRadio.com, and his daily and weekly coaching columns can be read on his website www.geniuscatalyst.com.

StrategyDriven Podcast Special Edition 42a – An Interview with Geoff Loftus, author of Lead Like Ike, part 1 of 2

StrategyDriven Podcasts focus on the tools and techniques executives and managers can use to improve their organization’s alignment and accountability to ultimately achieve superior results. These podcasts elaborate on the best practice and warning flag articles on the StrategyDriven website.

Special Edition 42a – An Interview with Geoff Loftus, author of Lead Like Ike, part 1 of 2 explores the leadership lessons of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the American CEO of D-Day, and how by applying these lessons, business professionals can achieve far greater success in today’s challenging and rapidly evolving business world. During our discussion, Geoff Loftus, author of Lead Like Ike: Ten Business Strategies from the CEO of D-Day shares with us his insights and illustrative examples regarding:

  • General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s leadership style
  • actions new executives and managers should take to ensure they are appropriately aggressive
  • benefits of Eisenhower’s philosophy of not being able to have too many plans while still avoiding analysis paralysis

Additional Information

In addition to the invaluable insights Geoff shares in Lead Like Ike and this special edition podcast are the resources accessible from his website, www.GeoffLoftus.com.   Geoff’s book, Lead Like Ike, can be purchased by clicking here.

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About the Author

Geoff Loftus is author of Lead Like Ike. Previously, Geoff served as Managing Editor of Across the Board, a monthly business magazine of thought and opinion at The Conference Board. He has addressed large audiences from Fortune 500 companies on numerous business topics, has been a regular contributor to Forbes.com, and has been interviewed by Fortune, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. To read Geoff’s complete biography, click here.

Be Good to Your Employees and They Will be Good to You

The recession we have been experiencing over the past few years has created a strong upper hand for employers across many industries. Because getting a job has been very difficult, many employers have taken advantage of the climate and chosen to offer their employees less in the way of income and benefits.

In my experience, this strategy is a short-term solution and a short-sighted approach that will lead to reduced profits and poor company morale.

Companies show how much they care about their employees when they offer and pay for a part of every employee’s health, dental and vision coverage.

For example, we had an employee whose husband was going through cancer treatment at the time our company was searching for a new insurance policy. At the time, we employed over 550 people and could save tens of thousands of dollars on new healthcare. The only problem we had was that most insurance carriers wanted to exclude our employee’s husband from the new policy, thus leaving him with COBRA or no healthcare at all. This was unacceptable to us, so we kept the policy we had and paid the additional premium until the cancer treatment was complete.

This example is part selfless and part selfish. All of our employees knew why we had made the choice to stay with our healthcare provider, and that helped to improve our corporate culture and further showed how much we care about our employees.

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About the Author

Daryl Wizelman is a leadership, corporate culture, emotional intelligence, life planning and work/life balance visionary. Daryl combines his inspiring story with some practical tools which can be implemented immediately to improve the lives, careers and companies that he touches. Daryl spends his time speaking, consulting and motivating companies, associations, professional athletes, sports teams and individuals all over the world. To read Daryl’s complete biography, click here.

New Tool Release – Cost of Employee Attrition

StrategyDriven contributors are pleased to announce the release of Diversity and Inclusion – Cost of Employee Attrition.

The cost of employee turnover is staggering and yet goes largely unrecognized. There is no financial statement line item, no general ledger entry, and no budget explicitly set aside for this expense that can cost an evenly modestly sized company well over a million dollars each year.

Using the StrategyDriven Cost of Employee Attrition nomographs and method outlined here, organization leaders can gain a better appreciation for the direct monetary cost associated with attrition and begin to value their retention focused initiatives.

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