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Four Ways to Keep a Fanatical Focus

After decades of working in, and consulting with, the marketplace I’ve become convinced that the vast majority of people who miss their potential are not lazy; they are unfocused. Many put their hearts and energies into building a great career, business and life, yet never rise above mediocrity. Others become wildly successful, but still fall far short of what they could have accomplished had they focused their time, energy, talents and resources more intensely on a daily…

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Added by Dave Anderson on August 19, 2014 at 8:08pm — 4 Comments

Four Ways to Measure Managers

Ultimately, we all are measured by results. However, results alone can be a misleading indicator for how effective a manager is in his or her role. For instance, while speaking recently in the UK, I cautioned that the fact they have the fastest growing economy in the western world, and are having their best automotive retail sales year since 2005, is very possibly disguising the stench of mediocre management within aspects of their operations. Hot economies, popular products and favorable…

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Added by Dave Anderson on July 28, 2014 at 4:33pm — 3 Comments

Are You a Leader Worth Following?

Leaders err when they believe someone should follow them simply because they’re the boss; because they have a leadership title. Yes, people will comply with this sort of “I’m the boss” leadership to keep their paycheck and job, but they only commit to leaders worth following. If you are a positional leader who is hung up on a title, here is a humbling perspective:

  • A title doesn’t make you a leader; it simply buys you time to become one.
  • It’s a foolish notion to believe…
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Added by Dave Anderson on June 25, 2014 at 5:14pm — 3 Comments

You Can’t Make People What They’re Not!

One of the most helpful lessons I’ve learned, applied and taught clients concerning developing others is this: I can help make you more of what you are, but I can’t make you something you’re not. There are key and critical success factors you cannot change about others; nor can you teach them to others. If you have people on your team lacking these traits the time, training, and motivational efforts you…

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Added by Dave Anderson on May 27, 2014 at 2:23pm — 7 Comments

Ten Tips to Retain Talent

At a Fortune business conference in 2003 a moderator asked Indra Nooyi, now Chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo: “As a leader, what keeps you awake at night?”

Without a second’s pause Nooyi replied, “Retaining my talent.”

Any leader wishing to measurably grow their organization is wise to list the same concern at the top of their list. Following are ten tips to retain talent;…

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Added by Dave Anderson on April 15, 2014 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Why Your Team Can’t Execute & How to Fix It

For twelve years I’ve taught a three-day Strategy Summit in the 4th quarter to help clients prepare for the upcoming year. The format is simple:

  • The first day covers how to create a compelling vision that unites and inspires the team for the upcoming year.

  • Day two covers strategies to reach the vision. I present dozens of sample strategies and teach implementation principles to ensure they succeed.

  • On…

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Added by Dave Anderson on March 18, 2014 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

The Truth about Dead Weight

Dead weight is defined by online dictionaries as: “a person who makes no contribution; a useless, usually burdensome factor.” In the workplace dead weight comes in many forms. Here are a few of the most common examples:

1. A team member who may produce the numbers, but doesn’t live your core values.

2. An incompetent team member.

3. An unproductive team member.

4. An overpaid team member, whose compensation far exceeds the worth…

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Added by Dave Anderson on February 26, 2014 at 12:46pm — 8 Comments

Strategic Pruning for Profits

In Dr. Henry Cloud’s book, Necessary Endings, he stresses the necessity of pruning to create a healthier business. Pruning is a proactive process that allows an organization to reach its fullest potential.

In the dictionary, pruning is defined as: a function of cutting away to reduce the extent or reach of something by taking away unwanted or superfluous parts. I’ve long liked the concept of pruning as it allows leaders to leverage strengths and narrow focus on the…

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Added by Dave Anderson on November 18, 2013 at 7:19pm — 1 Comment

Your Role as a Catalyst

The dictionary defines catalyst as “a person or thing that makes something happen.” Rarely is it that such an economy of words so accurately describes the expected role of any dealership leader on a day-in, day-out basis. The bottom line is this: leaders get paid to make things happen both personally, and through each team member. No high-value leader goes to work each day to wait for something to happen, or to watch it happen, and then wonder…

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Added by Dave Anderson on October 28, 2013 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Your Culture: Weave in the Strong & Weed out the Weak!

In my Up Your Business 2.0 Super Leadership Workshop I give attendees strong cultural words to weave into their dealership and weak cultural words to weed out. At the end of the two days, everyone leaves with the mindset and vocabulary necessary to build a higher performance culture in their business.

Evaluate your own culture as you read over the partial list of strong vs. weak cultural words I’ve excerpted from the workshop and am presenting below. As you do, keep the…

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Added by Dave Anderson on August 8, 2013 at 6:33pm — 6 Comments

How to Find the Great People You’re Looking For!

One of the most persistent questions leaders ask me at seminars is, “How and where do I find great people?” The most obvious, but overlooked, answer to this question is to start with those you have If you haven’t done what is necessary to develop the people already on your team it’s irresponsible to dismiss their potential, discard them, hire new people and then subject them to the same abuse. Following is a ten-point checklist to ensure you’re doing what is necessary…

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Added by Dave Anderson on July 2, 2013 at 4:11pm — 9 Comments

How to Pull Away From the Pack!

Successful businesses are so common today in most industries that it’s easy for them to become complacent just because you’re “making money” or doing better than last year. Because of their ubiquity, successful companies have come to bore me. They’re certainly the rule rather than the exception, and most are so content with how they’re doing they spend a lot more time talking about becoming great or getting to the next level than they do taking the action necessary to make it…

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Added by Dave Anderson on May 9, 2013 at 1:36pm — 7 Comments

Learning Leadership Lombardi Style

One of the best things about leadership principles is their wide applicability. You can find beneficial leadership life-lessons in sports, business, politics and throughout history. These maxims can be adapted to your personal life, home, church or enterprise. In my new Become a Category of One in-house workshop, I use Vince Lombardi’s success with the Green Bay Packers as a case study in how not to just become the best in your business category, but to create a different…

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Added by Dave Anderson on March 14, 2013 at 3:32pm — 11 Comments

“Like” Is Never Enough!

A common mistake leaders make when hiring is bringing someone on board because they like him or her. While liking a potential team member is certainly a plus, it is not an accurate indicator of character, competence or team chemistry. In fact, most of us have seen employees who were once likeable become far less so as we discovered weaknesses through performance we should have uncovered during the interview process.  Hiring experts have long estimated that the number one cause of hiring…

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Added by Dave Anderson on February 15, 2013 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

My Generation

In 1965, Pete Townshend of the British rock group, The Who, wrote the blockbuster hit My Generation. The song was later named the 11th greatest song by Rolling Stone of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Townshend reportedly wrote the song on a train and is said to have been inspired by the Queen Mother, who is alleged to have had Townshend’s 1935 Packard hearse towed off a street because she was offended by the sight of it during her daily drive through the…

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Added by Dave Anderson on January 2, 2013 at 1:26pm — 12 Comments

How to Move Forward Fast in 2013!

As one year winds down and another begins soon it’s helpful to fine-tune your leadership skills to prepare for the challenges and opportunities ahead. After all, your personal levels of focus, hunger, and sense of urgency will set the pace for your team.  Perhaps nothing goes as far to either elevate or degrade your leadership credibility than does your responses to the various situations, problems, and “little” people issues you encounter each day. Following are fourteen everyday realities…

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Added by Dave Anderson on November 15, 2012 at 11:39am — 7 Comments

Until You’re Perfect, it’s not Redundant!

While managing sales people I would occasionally hear a complaint from team members that sounded like this:

We’re going to train on the steps to the sale again? This is getting redundant!

 

While helping to run a six-dealership group, I would occasionally hear a complaint from members of the management team that expressed the following:

Our training this month is on how to hire and interview…again? This is getting redundant.

 

As a…

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Added by Dave Anderson on October 1, 2012 at 1:28pm — 13 Comments

The Best Way to Generate Drive

A decades-old belief system in business is that the deeper one goes in debt with lifestyle enhancements, toys—stuff, the more driven he or she will be to make money. This mentality can start at the top of a dealership and cascade through the ranks.  In fact, I know many managers who quietly enjoy seeing their salespeople overextend themselves financially so they have to work extra shifts and days to maintain their lifestyle. While it may be true that living with high overhead can stir up…

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Added by Dave Anderson on September 13, 2012 at 11:52am — 8 Comments

Stop Chasing the Snake!

Many people believe that forgiveness is solely a religious topic or should be relegated to the subject of sermons. After all, what benefit can a discussion of forgiveness have in the real-world, white-knuckle business arena? To appreciate the scope of possibilities, we are wise to consider what it costs us to have resentment, bitterness, selfishness, envy, factions, grudges, turf wars, gossip, and even hatred exist within the walls of our organization because we, or others, will not forgive,…

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Added by Dave Anderson on July 23, 2012 at 4:13pm — No Comments

Fat, Drunk and Stupid is No Way to Go Through Life!

A classic scene from the 1978 movie Animal House was created when Faber College Dean Vernon Wormer disgustedly addressed the failing grades of delinquent Delta Tau Chi Fraternity members as follows:

 

Dean Wormer: Here are your grade point averages. Mr. Kroger: two C’s, two D’s and an F. That’s a 1.2. Congratulations, Kroger. You’re at the top of the Delta pledge class. Mr.…

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Added by Dave Anderson on May 22, 2012 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

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