Back when I was in the 5th and 6th grade, I remember walking after school with a teammate to basketball practice; I still laugh when I think of all of us groaning as we “ran the lines.” I wasn’t a basketball all-star, but I participated. Moving into middle school, I didn’t make the A-team for basketball, but I did play in one varsity game that we won.
If you own your company or have become a leader in your company, there will come a point where you will need grow and you will need to hire a manager/leader or you will need to train your replacement manager/leader so you can advance in your position. Many times you are tasked with training your new leader just after you have grown your business or have just become a leader yourself. At this point, many times, small business’s bring family in, or friends. The large business’s hire the up and coming business graduate. One of the biggest mistakes in starting to train your leader is to avoid asking yourself if you are a leader. Look in the mirror and really try and nail down if you are a leader or are a keen business negotiator or perhaps an expert in your field or even just a great salesperson. The issue lies in that none of these traits make you a good leader.
I have a confession to make. I play Call of Duty. I mean, I play a lot of Call of Duty. I mean, I play way too much Call of Duty, in a competitive online environment. Now for the confession-I rarely win.
I was recently asked, “Need a Salesperson?” “NO I DON’T, “I said. “but I do need entrepreneurs” the conversation stumbled as the guy looked at me puzzled. “How do I be an entrepreneur inside your business, don’t Entrepreneurs start their own businesses?” My response was “Yes they do” I got even a more puzzled look.
I was studying a few days ago, watching videos etc and the topic of self-defense was broached. The question was asked by a Master, what is Self defense? The answer is pretty clear, to defend yourself from others, the economy, bad employees, bad bosses etc. To train and prepare yourself for the day when you need to protect yourself ….
Mention the word change and a collective groan is often heard in conference rooms and offices regardless of your location. Change is painful, we too often believe. Change will be uncomfortable and may create a scenario wherein you lose control. You may not like the end product; then you have to change it back. Change just might break your business, or a relationship, or you personally. Change is a six letter four letter word. Why?
On this day, not only is International Pipe & Supply celebrating its 40 year anniversary but my father, Al Karchmer, the oldest known steel pipe distributor, is turning 98 years old.
I was in the Dojo the other day and our Sensei was calling up the children for awards, and upon calling up the White belts he stated: “The white belts are the most important people in the Dojo.” He went on to say, “ We all remember being a white belt, and how the feeling of being lost and uncoordinated and the thought of “I will never be a black belt,” felt, but without white belts there would no one to hand the lineage down, no one to carry on the tradition. So you, white belt, are the most important to me”
I’ve noticed a trend in posts and articles on social media explaining why being kind is a sure-fire way to be taken advantage of. The subtext is that leaders are too kind when they are agreeable, or when they ignore poor performance, or are becoming too deluded and diluted with busy schedules. These texts lead one towards thinking the act of being kind is a weakness, with the outcome of kindness pre-destined to be problematic.