Bob's Gutsy Leadership Blog

Archive for March, 2012

Leaders Should be Enthusiastic … but Skeptical!

The great leader is typically very enthusiastic but also quite skeptical when things don’t make sense or numbers don’t match points of view, plans or specific objectives.

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The Boss Believes in You…or Not?

Did you ever have a boss you just couldn’t please? Pretty soon you start doubting your approaches, and often walk away from your strengths in an effort to guess what will be acceptable. Conversely, it is great to have a boss that you know inherently trusts you and believes you can do great work. You tend to trust your instincts, seize opportunities, and go the extra mile, causing your performance to be much better in that environment.

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Creating the Crisis – A Necessity!

The Samsung Galaxy S II, which I have fallen in love with, is equivalent to having in my pocket a powerful pc driven by a dual-core processor, an iPod, an e-book reader, a high-definition video recorder, a phone, and a small high-definition tv!

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Rudeness, Focus, Excellence and Purpose!

In his biography of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson points out the incredible focus of Jobs, noting: “Instead of encouraging each group to let product lines proliferate based on marketing considerations, or permitting a thousand ideas to bloom, Jobs insisted that Apple focus on just two or three priorities at a time.” Additionally, a clear takeaway from the book was the incredible rudeness of Jobs, and rudeness is putting it mildly, as he strived for absolute excellence.

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Demand the Impossible? Do It Wisely!

People who worked closely with Steve Jobs referred to his creation of “reality distortion fields;” demanding an outcome that looked impossible to achieve, but then sometimes actually achieving it. The co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak described the term vividly: “Jobs’ reality distortion is when he has an illogical vision of the future, such as telling me that I can design a game in just a few days. You realize it can’t be true, but he somehow makes is true.”

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