Good Leaders Know How to Grill Chicken

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Some people just don't understand how to be a good leader. And some people just don't know how to grill chicken. They fire up the grill, get it nice and hot, and then throw on the chicken pieces. Because the grill  is too hot the fat from the chicken drips in to the flame and causes flare-ups. These flares up essentially burn the skin and turn it in to charcoal. And I don't know about you,  but I don't like to eat burnt chicken. One mistake a lot of new managers make is they act just like … [Read more...]

The World is What it is – People Who Make Good Things Happen

Good Things Happening

You can reminisce about how the world used to be. You can lament how the world should be.  Nevertheless, the world is what it is. Most people do not have the ability to alter the world.  However, at some point in your lifetime, you will be presented with the opportunity to make a difference. You will have to make a choice to rise to the challenge of that opportunity or shrink from it. Your attitude will largely determine your perception of that opportunity. It is through this perception … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Tell a BossHole from a Good Boss

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Just because your boss does something that you don't like doesn't mean that she is evil. There can be a lot of valid reasons why certain decisions get made and why those decisions may not be ones that you as the employee would make. In the normal course of events nobody agrees with everything that a boss does. But a BossHole is something different than that. A BossHole is that person who sucks the joy, life, energy and enthusiasm out of your organization. The BossHole Effect is what happens … [Read more...]

Great Bosses Inspire their Teammates to Engage in and Believe in the Team's Mission

Great Leadership

Great Bosses create an environment that allows teammates to thrive in their roles. They do that by driving all important decisions as close to the bottom of the organization as possible, and then empowering teammates to make those decisions without fear or punishment. A BossHole, on the other hand, paralyzes the creativity and resilience of the team by hoarding decision making power closer to the top of the organization, thereby communicating to the entire team that teammates are not … [Read more...]

Bad Leadership is Ruining Our Economy

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Bad leadership is exactly what is keeping our economy from thriving. This negative energy is not only coming from bad legislation but stupid bosses. Far too many bosses are clueless when it comes to knowing how to build a successful championship caliber team, especially new bosses who are making it up as they go along. These bad bosses create more problems than they solve. I originally wrote this post  for my friends at but I am reposting the article here because it is such an … [Read more...]

The Brain is Made to Remember Things that Come in Threes

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With most decisions you have to make as a Boss, there are really only three options. Is what I am about to do going to:  make it better, make it worse or have no impact? The key to being a Great Boss is the action you take once armed with the answer.  If you are about to do good then do it. If you about to do harm then don't do it.  The brain is made to remember things that come in threes. BossHole Effect® - Buy the Book Now! A list of three is not short or too long. You can remember three … [Read more...]

Good Leadership Skills are Essential to Being a Great Boss

Good leadership Skills

It is not accurate to say that some people are born leaders.  Good leadership skills are learned by being put in a position where they are required. Then people either act like leaders or they don't. Leadership is something that people do, they show leadership. Being good at it takes practice. The Myth of Natural Born Leaders People that decide they are not "natural born leaders" are simply unwilling to acknowledge the fact that they have chosen to abdicate their inherent responsibility to … [Read more...]

What Do You Do For a Living?

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One of the first questions people ask when you meet them for the first time is, what do you do for a living?  That is a really easy question to ask but the answer can be quite complicated. For instance when people ask me that question I answer differently depending upon where I am.  If I am at work at the university I answer that I am a teacher. If I am at a business meeting  I might answer that I am a consultant.  If I am at a symposium I might answer that I am an … [Read more...]

Learn to Be a Great Boss by Understanding the BossHole Effect on Your Team

Learn to identify and eliminate the BossHoles in your life. Then learn to become a great boss by understanding the Bosshole effect and how to harness it for good. The BossHole Effect was created to address a serious issue in America. The oppression of  workers by BossHoles.  Whether you are a left leaning liberal or a right leaning conservative is irrelevant at the end of the day. BossHoles cross all party lines, all races, all religions and all ethnic origins. It is not their political … [Read more...]