leadership observations

The Best and Worst Presidential Leaders in History






  How Do Our 42 US Presidents Rank as Leaders? (Part Two of Three)   Where does your favorite President of the United States rank in terms of business leadership in the new millennium? Could all or any of the US Presidents successfully run a large corporation today? Did they have what it takes to(…)






How Would the Presidents of the United States Rank as Business Leaders?






  How Would The 42 US Presidents Rank as Business Leaders?   Where does your favorite President of the United States rank in terms of business leadership in the new millennium? Could all or any of the US Presidents successfully run a large corporation today? Did they have what it takes to be a true(…)






Leadership Lessons from the Airline Industry – Delta Bats .500






Leadership Lessons from Delta Air Lines   The editors of AskTheManager fly virtually every airline that caters to business travelers (i.e., the big ones), but we really seem to love Delta for some reason.   Delta is not always the cheapest, the friendliest or even the most convenient, but as one of the editors stated(…)






Lessons On Pride From Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers






  Pride, Leadership, and The Green Bay Packers Excuse the abridgement, but Proverbs 16:18 said it best: Pride goes before a fall. The leadership lessons we’ve gleaned so far from the pre-season struggles between Brett Lorenzo Favre (hereafter “Cuatro”) and the Green Bay Packers have been plentiful. (To read an earlier lesson from these two(…)






Obama and McCain Share a Lack of Leadership Experience






What is the value of experience?   With the November election growing ever closer, a liberal colleague of mine asked what I thought about experience as it applies to the White House. (For the sake of full disclosure, TheManager is a fiscally-conservative independent… aren’t all capitalists?)   My friend knows that at virtually all levels(…)






Why Your Best Salesman Will Fail as Sales Manager






It seems odd that the best salespeople do not make the best sales managers. But that is, unfortunately, the truth.   Empirically speaking, this seems to be a function of “how” those salespeople became great. More often than not, truly great salespeople have some internal “it” that makes them great. They have trouble explaining the(…)






Leadership Lessons from Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers






It’s amazing how much we can learn about how not to lead from the examples provided by professional sports. The latest instance of sub-par leadership came to a head this past week by future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Lorenzo Favre and his soon to be former team, the Green Bay Packers. (For the six(…)






Leadership Development – Blogwatch July 13, 2008






TheManager scoured the World Wide Web and found a few choice blog posts and interesting news articles covering Management Training and Leadership Development. Take a few moments to digest these recent articles and posts: ‘Visionary’ sports programme for Dubai Financial Times – London,England,UK The agreement, with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Programme for Leadership Development and the Dubai(…)






Execution or Discussion?






The difference between high performance and failure for most companies can come down to a very simple management choice: execution versus discussion. In straightforward terms, execution is getting something done; discussion is talking about getting something done. It’s not hard to figure out which of these two creates a high performance culture in the workplace.(…)






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