John is the CEO of LearnLoft, author of, F.M.L. Standing Out & Being a Leader and host of the 'Follow My Lead' Podcast. He writes or has been featured on Inc.com, LinkedIn Pulse, TrainingIndustry.com, eLearningIndustry.com, CNBC Money, and more. John completed his education at the University of Maryland College.
“If Sunbeam can’t be fixed in a year, it can’t be fixed,” said Al “The Chainsaw” Dunlap as he entered the board room. At the time, Dunlap had a reputation for turning businesses around that were performing poorly. Previously, he had helped increase earnings and stock prices at Scott Paper by cutting a third of the workforce and closing plants.
Ever since I was a little kid I have been guilty of taking a hard (but brief) judgmental head to toe look of people I meet. I don’t have a good reason for this behavior and can’t even pinpoint what I am looking for. At one point I didn’t even know I was doing it until it was brought to my attention by others. What’s interesting is, I still can’t seem to stop. I have come to the conclusion that it’s because we are all hardwired to judge whether we like it or not.
Leicester City started the 2015 English Premier League season as a 5000:1 underdog to win the famous soccer league. To give you a perspective those are the same odds some bookmakers give to Elvis still being alive. Needless to say they weren’t expected to have a good season by the experts.
Everyday she was decked to the nines in designer clothes, the most fashionable shoes, expensive jewelry, and arrived in her 7 Series (which she parked in 2 whole spaces). The way she defined her success was obvious, not just because of her focus on material possessions, but also in the way her actions and words came across to others. She constantly talked about business earnings and her actions backed it up. She let nothing stop her from increasing those numbers -- including cutting people who had helped her produce revenue (and who had her best interest at heart). What was more shocking was that her company wasn’t at risk financially. Her actions were the complete opposite of what famous American activist Marian Wright Edleman wrote in her book “The Measure of Success”:
It was a soul crushing feeling. I had worked so hard, developed so much original thought, rallied my team around a compelling vision and it was blatantly evident that the success we wanted wasn’t going to happen. As I sat with my head in my hands I couldn’t figure out if I wanted to cry, pray, or go to the bar.