Phil LaDuke is is a Safety Transformation Architect at
Environmental Resources Management. An author, he writes about business, worker safety and organizational change topics on his blog. An avid user of social media for business networking, LaDuke has worked as a consultant in this area.
A functional workplace of diverse people and ideas is fertile ground for creativity -- and for conflict. Here's how to be a good referee.
To be an effective trainer, you need to keep it short, keep it sharp and keep it moving. If you find yourself reading the PowerPoint slides aloud, you've justly earned the blank or hostile looks glaring at you. Then, the only redemption possible is ending early.
Success, thus defined, stands on the very shoulders of such unhappy experiences as loss and quitting, failure and striking out. Dig it.
If you think of yourself as an 'entrepreneurial enterprise' instead of an 'employee,' you'll find it easier to always be the boss of you.
Effective leaders manage performance by continually reinforcing their criteria for success.
Your goals will not achieve themselves and will regrettably require your vigorous participation.
It sounds oxymoronic, or perhaps just regular moronic, but it's true. The furthest you can ever fall is when you've reached your peak.
Mediocrity has its place. Where success and survival are synonyms, not dying is winning.
It is not whether it's positive or negative that determines its quality, it's how it's delivered. Wanna help? Do it this way.
Deadline pressure is a crushing affliction. It can bring out the best in some, madness in others, or both, as they labor side-by-side ... in the Twilight Zone.
Keep 'em short; send an agenda around beforehand and stick to it, like white on rice; demand preparation; schedule tightly and run it like an Apollo launch. Got it? Good, meeting adjourned.
Mourn not the passing of your business's biggest time waster and productivity serial killer. Instead, calculate a dollar cost before ever scheduling another meeting, using this simple process.
Make More Happen
How one Midwestern boy survived existential ennui, unending schooling and tons of bad advice to become an entrepreneur of wisdom and renown, sort of.
Not the least of which is to consider, from time to time, that you may be out of your mind. Call it mental hygiene.
Is joining a startup actually worth it?
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