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Failing the leadership challenge when no one is looking

Scott Frost endured a tremendous amount of criticism in his first year of coaching the Nebraska Cornhuskers. While he was experiencing the criticism, Frost was quietly laying the foundations of a team. Frost understood that success on the gridiron would happen only after his players bonded as a team and began to believe in themselves as a team. I take my hat off to Mr. Frost for his perseverance in the face of criticism and his resolve to follow the plan he set for building a team for the long term and not giving in to a short term strategy. Mr. Frost, you have my respect. "I could feel the love coming off him," Foster said of his coach. "I could feel that he cared. It was just the fee

Why do I have a passion

The people I work within other companies are the employees that work with managers and not leaders. I have consistently heard the same frustrations by employees over the years, and it seems to be getting worse, not better. What they want is not complicated respect, critical thinking by management, the ability to be heard, follow through by management on promises made, and loyalty to all who work in the company, not just to other management. Management seems to look at the factory worker i.e., the laborer as something less. Many of these workers in their working life have worked at multiple locations and bring a wealth of knowledge and fresh perspective to each new employment. When manageme

I'm tired

I have finally reached my fill of companies whining that good people are hard to find. In my conversations with entry-level and established employees, I see a trend of minimum to nonexistent training of new hires by companies. New hires are being thrown into job situations and are being evaluated by if they sink or swim. How many long term loyal potential employees are the proverbial baby that is thrown out with the bathwater. It seems as though when people are hired, the expectations of job success by the new hire are lukewarm at best. With low expectations comes low job performance. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy. A new hire knows immediately whether the company values them as a new me

Lets Ramble

After my last blog post, I did more research into the over fifty and hiring, and what I am seeing is making my blood pressure go up. The generalizations made about a group of people of which the thing they have in common is the number of years living they have behind them is astounding. They want to coast in a new job, they cannot or will not learn new things, they are less flexible, etc.. I dare say I could apply those very same attributes to describe younger generations that came to age in the me generation. A little bit about myself, I am approaching the middle of my fiftieth decade of life. Every day I try to learn something new (I love learning) I learn about leadership, supply chain ma

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