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REWARD More Than AWARD

Summond into the top editor’s office for the first time in years, the reporter’s  blood pressure rose and his heart began beating a bit faster. He thought it could only be bad news. He must have screwed up. Or worse: he was getting fired.

              Instead the editor reached into his desk before the reporter could sit down. The editor quickly tossed a small plastic bag toward the reporter who instinctively put up his right hand and snared it right out of the air.  For a second, he thought it might be a bag of pot that someone planted in his desk.

But then he gripped the bag and to his sheer relief it was anything but soft and powdery. No this was hard and gleaming with a golden flair. Then suddenly the booming voice of the editor cut through the tension. “Here, I am supposed to give you that,” harrumphed the editor.

The reporter opened his right hand and found himself holding a 5-year-service pin for his five years of experience working for that newspaper. The reporter sighed in relief as the editor took a phone call and dismissed the reporter with a wave of his hand.

(This is an excerpt of a newly relaunched book titled
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The young reporter left the editor’s office feeling more like Continue reading

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Rallying Your Rivals

 By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy
Here’s an idea to staff your team for maximum creativity and productivity. Reading time: 3:13

           “Watch out for that guy. He thinks is smarter and better than you,” the confidant warned the newly-appointed Chief Executive Officer.

         Now-Hiring-2-500x500  The new CEO squared his shoulders, stiffened his stance, and fixed a laser-like glare into the eyes of his loyal friend.Then he erupted with a celebratory grin, saying: “Good, do you know any others who think they are smarter and better than me? I want to promote them all.”

          Leaders aren’t threatened by talented colleagues and/or competitors. They’re enlightened at the heightened prospects where the ensuing friction can only sharpen both leaders no matter how many sparks fly.

          That’s why the most effective leaders take hiring to a higher level. They pay homage to the business acumen of billionaire industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie whose epitaph reads: “Here likes a man who was wise enough to bring into his service men who knew more than he.”

         Indeed “A’s hire A’s and B’s hire B’s,” notes Donald Rumsfeld, the former CEO of a pharmaceutical company who is more famously known as a former Secretary of Defense. A’s seek higher performance with their hire preference. They don’t protect their power. Continue reading

Leaders Pay It Forward With Integrity

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to reinforced your business ethics. Reading time: 4:28

      How many times have you bypassed the honor system and grabbed a cup of coffee without adding to the coffers?

      integritya55Oh sure you claimed you didn’t have any change or it slipped your mind, or you were just too busy to worry about something so trifle.

     How many times have you padded an expense account; over promised and under-delivered a customer or a colleague, or helped yourself to a few more pens for the house than you could personally ever use?

      Hey, that’s business as usual you say.

      Unless of course that your business is anything but usual. Unless of course that you’re in the business of constant change, dynamic decision-making, and influential behavior. Unless of course you’re in the business of leadership 24/7.

      Then, you’ll act with more integrity doing what’s right for the good of all –consistently over time. No matter how much it burdens you personally to keep your commitments, to reinforce your convictions, to renew your relationships in good and bad times especially when you think no one is looking.  (News Flash: Leaders of course know someone is always looking even if they can’t see them at the time.) Continue reading

Faithfully Following Your Personal GPS

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy
Here’s an idea to help you act more predictably.  Reading time: 3:02

      What if there was a GPS system inside your head that beeped whenever you veered off course in driving toward your goals?

     ID-10040030 There is. Leaders thrive on it.

      It’s your personal GPS –your own Guidance Precision System–networked throughout your head, heart and soul and locked on to values and beliefs.

    And yes it does scream out to you –RECALCULATING! RECALCULATING–  when you are heading off track. That voice screams loudest when no one is looking.

      The most effective leaders hear that voice loud and clear. In tune with who they are and what they believe, their personal GPS –Guidance Precision System—keeps them on the straight and narrow no matter how topsy-turvy their world becomes.

      Their compass heading is firm, anchored deeply in values and oriented toward quality driven performance. On target.  On budget. On time. Continue reading

Investing In Your Leadership Trust Fund

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to build trust through long-term relationships. Reading time: 3:31

      You’re a General leading in battle when you’re forced to surrender to a fever-maddening illness that threatens your life.

Artist Taras Shevchenko's 1836 depiction of Alexander the Great and his doctor

Artist Taras Shevchenko’s 1836 depiction of Alexander the Great and his doctor

       You are so sick that even your official physicians refuse to treat you, fearing they would be cited for negligence or even murder.

      Compounding your predicament is a rumor that your rival is offering a reward to assassinate you.

      Finally you solicit a doctor willing to treat you against the odds.

       But then– just as you begin to take the medicine this doctor just prepared for you– you are presented an urgent note. The note says the medicine you are about to drink is poison. The note also warns that this doctor had been paid off by a rival General to assassinate you.

        What do you do? You do what Alexander the Great did.

         He scanned the note and immediately swallowed the medicine as cavalierly as if he were downing a drink in bar and while drinking handed the note to the doctor. The doctor also read the inflammatory note and hardly reacted to being called an ASSASSIN. He knew better.

        And so did Alexander The Great, who would go on to conquer half the known world some 2,346 years ago.

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Riding the SeeSaw of Trust Together

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to infuse added trust in your relationships. Reading time: 2:47

      Balancing each other on the SeeSaw, the two elementary school girls personified a key leadership skill: trusting each other. Completely.

      SEESAWWith that well-secured bond of trust, each can soar to new heights with the reciprocal action of the other.

      But without that bond of trust linking these partners, one can come quickly crashing down when the other simply steps off the SeeSaw and walks away. At the wrong time.

      And does the other wrong.

      That’s why the most trusting leaders always FIRST discern the consequences of their own actions on another. Then they project those behaviors on to themselves with a greater sense of emotional intelligence. Indeed the most trusting leaders FIRST see themselves in the other person’s shoes.

      After all, it takes two to dance the Tango of Trust. What you give, you get. What you sow, you reap.

      No wonder the most trusting leaders focus on seeing EYE-to-EYE with their trusted partners. They see EYE as an insightful acrostic standing for the three-legged stool upon which all trust sits:

E for Experience

      E for an Experience that is shared between the two trusting parties. Together they have been battle tested. Together they have been successful, safe and secure. Together they have both trusted and proven trustworthy.

     Together they enjoy a high degree of predictability with each other and a strong sense of compatibility. Together they have proven their accountability and their availability. And together these two trusting partners have earned a reputation for being there  for each other 24/7. Fully connected.

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Your employees ARE NOT your employees

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to help you appreciate your staff more fully. Reading time:3:54.

   With apologies to Kahlil Gibran:

silhouette-man-standing         Your employees are
not your employees.

       They come to work
for you but

      They are not necessarily
of you.

       And though they are
with you,

      They belong
not to you.

      You may give them
your valuables.

        But not your values.
    You may house their bodies
But not their souls.

  

      Maybe that’s why the most effective leaders develop compacts more than contracts with their employees — compacts that empower more than employ; compacts that inspire confidence in employers to proclaim as Henry Ford once did:

“You can take my factories,
burn up my buildings but give me
my PEOPLE and I’ll build the business right back.”

       Notice that Henry Ford did not say “my employees.”

       Indeed, his PEOPLE were much more than hired hands.  His PEOPLE were the heart beat of the company.  His PEOPLE were the spirit, energy and drive behind his company. Continue reading