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“You’re Fired!” A Necessary Reality Or A Chance to Show Off?

Firing an employee often serves as a leader’s most visible evidence of their commitment to the Mission or shared purpose. This difficult act often leaves a trail of devastation for the terminated employee and can haunt the empowered manager for a lifetime. Emotional, life-changing actions are noticed; and, when an employee threatens the Mission or shared purpose of an organization (the greater good), they need to go! A leader who fails to embrace this difficult and necessary action sends the...

A Terrible, Horrible, Very-bad Breakfast and The Future of Our Organization

Talk about a horrible memory of tough-leadership: Todd stopped eating, after only a few bites of his breakfast. His devastation evidenced by the pale look on his face and his steaming breakfast that sat un-touched, growing cold as the impact of my words sank in. “I’m sorry, but I am terminating you,” I told him only moments earlier. An otherwise upbeat guy, Todd seemed to drift off at that moment. Perhaps he was wondering how he would tell his wife or kids. Perhaps he was wondering how he...

Labor Day or Fulfillment Day? There Is A Better Path Forward

Will Americans ever celebrate worker “Fulfillment Day,” rather than Labor Day? As we observe the 124th Labor Day this week, the dark clouds from 100+ years ago still appear to obscure the horizons of most Americans. According to the New York Times, President Grover Cleveland signed Labor Day into law in 1894, not to celebrate the triumph of American workers, but rather as a political ploy to help appease frustrated workers who fueled a national transportation crisis that resulted from rail and...

Congratulations- You’re The Entrepreneur! Now For You’re Most Important Job

Congratulations, you just raised the venture capital, or perhaps secured those coveted franchise rights, or reached another milestone on your entrepreneur’s journey. Now it’s time to re-think your job description and focus on the most important key to your success: inspiring the following of those you need in order to make your Vision/ Mission a reality! My Vision was to make Integra Telecom’s customer service experience the best in our industry, out-punching the heavyweights like Verizon and...

Do You Have An Unsuspecting Teacher To Help Drive Your Vision?

A sense of awkwardness best described how we each felt. I sensed Corrin felt awkward hosting the CEO in her 10 by 10 foot cubicle- for an entire day! And I felt awkward sitting next to her, wondering if I was wasting precious time with feeble efforts to compel others to embrace my Vision. The practice of dedicating several hours a day to immerse myself with front-line workers was still somewhat new to me. I often thought I had more important things to do than help her process a few of the...

Road Kill Or Inspiration? Do Your Actions Compel Others?

Feeling like instant road kill, I thought it impossible to get myself out of the mess I had created, much less figure out how to get my organization to embrace the Vision I held for the company. My surprise and shock made matters even worse. Less than an hour earlier, I was walking on clouds as I directed the caterer to arrange the food spread in the boardroom and the bar near the reception desk. We were hosting an open house for our customers to showcase our latest network technology, having...

You Own The Vision; Does Your Team??

My senior team and I spent several years (literally) answering the question, why would customers choose us over our competition? Little did I know, that was the easy part! Later I would fret over the most vexing professional question I ever faced: how does the leader inspire others to own the Vision? Some call it strategy; others describe it as product positioning; academics might prefer to talk about an organization’s value proposition. I like the way President George H. W. Bush summed it up...

Compensation, Compassion, and Driving Results: Pay Checks the Fusion Way

Your team will devour and digest every morsel of information relating to compensation, making it highly visible and a critical tool in driving human behavior and fusing your organization together. Leaders must consider all the valuable tools available on the compensation landscape. The metrics you measure and the behaviors you reward in setting bonus targets, the amount of compensation “at risk” compared to the amount “guaranteed” in one’s salary, how to structure a sales incentive plan, how...

Featured Article | One For You, Ten For Me: When Does Excessive Pay Alienate Workers? (Recruiter.com)

That’s highly unusual,” John said. When John spoke, I listened. After all, he was a senior managing partner at one of the largest private equity funds in the world. His fund also played a big role in my life as the largest shareholder in the company I cofounded and led for 15 years, Integra Telecom. Together, John and I debated the merits of the allocation strategy I had recommended regarding how to divvy up the stock option pool that the company would award to its executives and, if I had my...

Fusion Leaders Cherish Our Freedom

Freedom allowed Darrell Cavens and his team to re-invent the on-line retail shopping experience, powered by Zulily. Freedom allowed Colleen Abdoulah and her team to re-think the customer approach that delighted so many and catapulted WOW! to the top of JD Powers ranking of best-in-class service providers among the national cable TV operators. Freedom allowed Ray Davis and his team to fundamentally transform the traditional approach to community banking, placing Umpqua on the national map in...

Featured Article | Recruiter.com Contributes to the Crisis!

“They spit at us,” General Robert Van Antwerp says, reflecting back on his and his team’s experience reaching out to devastated neighborhoods in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Those saliva projectiles were clearly directed at the wrong person. Why would New...

Introducing ProFusion (by ProHabits)

In the past there have been many great thinkers in the area of personal growth at work, but until ProHabits there was no efficient method of delivery. Sure there were occasional seminars and books, but no way to integrate micro-actions at a company-wide level....

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