Training, consulting with, and speaking to a wide variety of large and small groups about leadership, personal and professional growth, negotiation practices, and the value of strong interpersonal skills has given me a wonderful opportunity to observe not only the commonalities among us, but the strong differences that make each engagement and encounter unique. My view that solutions often depend on circumstances (though supported by a set of principles as you will see shortly) has been reinforced by my exposure to an assortment of workplace settings and conditions. Visiting government agencies, non-profit organizations and firms within private industry has helped me gain a thorough understanding of and appreciation for the intricacies and inner workings of the workplace.
I offer a variety of interesting and relevant topics for your business meetings, seminars and after-dinner keynotes. My observations about the world of work and the role of inspired leadership offer practical and immediate applications. With more than 3 decades of leadership experience throughout the country and overseas — in both the military and private sectors — I bring an unexpected and interesting perspective to negotiating the workplace.
Many consultants will teach you how to increase profits and decrease waste, and both are worthy outcomes. The truly excellent consultant will show you how to be a more efficient manager of resources and an inspiring leader of people, reduce turnover, develop and improve relationships, expand your network, grow, learn, and enjoy the ride. I will share what I’ve learned while helping you apply several essential leadership tenets to your own circumstances.
Adult learning requires a specific approach, critical to today’s often overwhelmed professionals. I call it “entertrainment” — we learn more easily and readily when we’re having fun and clearly seeing the practical application of that training to our lives. When I deliver a training session on such topics as leader development, negotiation, or project management essentials, participants claim to learn fast, retain more and are more likely to implement what was taught.
20 Points For Success in the Workplace
I believe that in order to achieve and maintain success, we must define, develop and then adhere to some guiding principle or principles. Drifting from one circumstance to the next and one problem to another without the benefit of an anchor to provide some stability is both dangerous and foolish. I believe we need something more.
Principles, maxims and axioms have their place in our society and certainly within our work lives. It’s useful to have principles and values to lean on during periods of uncertainly – they can help us clarify next steps, reaffirm goals and even help us discern right from wrong. Over the years, I have come to count on the following list of 20 such principles as a personal touchstone to help guide my actions as an employee, colleague and leader. These “20 Points for Success in the Workplace” are not intended to be all-inclusive or in any way prescriptive. They simply work for me and have proven their value to me for more than 30 years. As I have introduced other individuals and organizations to these 20 Points, they have been both embraced and adopted as at least a start on the road to establishing personal and organizational standards and expectations.
- Always Act with Integrity and Honesty
- Indentify Problems and Solutions
- Demonstrate Personal Accountability
- Work Hard
- Show a Sense of Urgency
- Foster Personal Discipline
- Lead by Example and Follow Well and Faithfully
- Be Loyal in All Directions
- Be Consistent and Clear
- Show Gratitude and Respect for Others
- Build Teamwork and Collaboration
- Promote a Common Purpose
- Infuse Passion
- Cultivate Your Reputation
- Display a Seriousness of Purpose and a Sense of Humor
- Continue to Grow
- Care for Those in Your Charge