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.
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.
As he read the comments from his team, I saw his facial expression change from excited to confused. At one point he looked up and said, "It's hard to believe they don't think I care about them and that I only care about their performance." Sitting back in his chair, he to process the new information. I will never forget the next thing he said:
For as long as I can remember, I dreamed of being a leader. I loved achieving as a team and the feeling of camaraderie over individual successes. There is something significant about going through a process or journey with others and being victorious. But I quickly found out that just because you dream about or love something does mean you are going to be great at it.
When Jason Lippert became CEO in 2003, Lippert Components (LCI) a manufacturing company was assumed to have peaked while hovering at $100 million in sales.