Do You Make These Mistakes In Your Leadership Training?

Leadership Training: Better Than An MBA?

If you plan on increasing the top line and the bottom line of your business then you’ll want to invest in training your leaders. Business owners currently have several alternatives available in the area of management training.

Woman Waiting For Train

Many universities offer evening executive MBA programs; provided you have excellent current managers you can utilize on the job training; and, several seminars and workshops are available in most major cities.

Recently, a reasonable number of high-quality online “universities” have been developed to deliver leadership training and management training.

There is a clear relationship between the best businesses in an industry and the ones that have the best managers and leaders employed.

Is A Position Description The Same As A Job Description Or Not?

Everyone needs to know exactly what is expected of them.

Position descriptions and job descriptions are slightly different. Let me explain. A position description reflects the duties, goals, compensation, reporting structure, and other matters relating to a specific position. There is no person connected with a position description.

Description-of-the-work

A job description relates to the duties performed by an individual person. Think about this way. Many of us have small businesses. When you are running a lean and mean organization many people are expected to hold down one, two or even more positions.

Steps To Create A Culture Of Winning

Most of the time it simply evolves over time—Design it instead

Every company has a culture. Most of the time it simply evolves over time. That is to say, it is a default culture. If you are lucky, that default culture will be the one you want, or at least can live with.

Winning is Not An AccidentA much better strategy is to determine the culture you want and then take specific steps to make it a reality.

But I imagine that you, like any business owner, know it is much easier said than done. How do you get great outcomes and results while also creating an environment people actually want to work in?

Is Your Culture a Country Club or Prison?

More than anything else, culture matters.

One of the primary responsibilities of any team leader is the establishment of the team’s culture. Think of culture as being the rules of behavior.

Prison

The easiest way to think of this concept is to draw a horizontal line on a piece of paper. Put “Jail” at one end of the line and “Country Club” at the other end.

How To Create A Team Of A-Players

It’s not easy to hire and retain the absolutely best employees. Since probably the time the first employer hires the first employee, staffing issues have been one of the most critical components of any business—large or small.

Perhaps you’ve heard the definition or the reference to the so-called “A-Player”. According to Brad Smart, an A-Player is someone who is willing to take your job at your stated compensation and (most importantly) is also in the top 10% of the available talent pool for that specific position. To the extent possible, you’d like to build your business with as many of these kinds of people as you possibly can.

A-Player

You might be thinking that this is an extremely expensive undertaking.

In general, most employers in your market know who the top notch employees are. As a result, there are often bidding wars to obtain their services.

You might shy away from that “auction”, but perhaps you should not.

Do You Have A Culture Of Winning

Or, do you settle for a default culture?

Every company has a culture. Everyone wants it to be a culture of winning. Most of the time it simply evolves over time. That is to say, it is a default culture.

Culture of Winning

If you are lucky, that default culture will be the one you want, or at least can live with.

A much better strategy is to determine the culture you want and then take specific steps to make it a reality.

How Coach John Wooden Stayed In The Flow

What it means to be successful and yet lose.

For most people it’s hard not to think about the famous UCLA coach John Wooden during March. After all during March Madness we are all reminded he was the most successful basketball coach of all time.

John Wooden Quote - Making the Best Out Of It

Very few people would disagree with that commentary. He coached several teams to unbeaten records…including a streak of 88 consecutive victories…won ten national championships and contributed many players to the NBA.

Businesses are like basketball in many ways. Both of them utilize a variety of scorecards keeping track of “winning”.

Where Does Business Culture Come From?

How to build the culture you want in your business

People often wonder why a certain business operates in a certain way while another operates entirely differently. Often, this is due to the differing business cultures existing within those two enterprises.

Steve Jobs Crazy Enough

Perhaps you’ve found yourself as a new member of a company, department or team. When you’ve asked why something was done a certain way you may have heard something like, “That’s the way it’s done around here.” This is typically coming from a long-term employee who knows how things really work.

At its essence, what we’re talking about is various behavioral norms. Over time, most employees in any organization tend to act in pretty much the same way. They deal with customers or vendors or issues in sort of a standard way. This similarity in behavior is referred to as corporate or business culture.