No matter the situation, I would ask myself the question: "What would Gerry do?" Just imagining the answer got me through many complex challenges. I even made a list of the top six attributes that made his leadership style so effective.
Usually one knows only 5 percent of what is needed at the stage where 70 percent of the product's cost is determined. Fortunately, there is some predictability, since return on investment and risk go hand in hand.
Are you dozing off yet? See, that's the problem. Cost control sounds so one-dimensionally simple it barely seems worthy of managerial-level discussion. Maybe that's why it rarely gets the attention it deserves.
To some public servants, the call to do even more with even less may sound all too familiar. It's especially difficult if your employees see it as a call to work even harder to achieve the same results with fewer resources.
Google appears to understand a lot about human nature, and they apply these findings to how they run their company. Some of their more quirky ideas, while being sometimes laughed about in the media, are actually based in science.
Despite the advantages of technology, landing a job at a good start-up company can be a long, tedious process, or it can be a quick flash of opportunity if you happen to be in the right place at the right time.
You need a vision but don't confuse with this a goal. Goals are left-brain, a vision is right-brain. The more compelling your vision is to you, the greater the chance it will pull you through a lot of the b.s. and obstacles headed your way.
Instead of being perceived as the enemy, employers have the opportunity to benefit from their employees' passion. If employers work with employees' activist aspirations, employees will feel more fulfilled, more proud, and ultimately more productive.
If you want to be able to influence others to get things done, you need to be at the top of your game when it comes to credibility and trust. And if you're not aware of the impact your behavior has on others, you're probably shooting yourself in the foot.
What might be praise comes off sounding like a dig, just because of the leaders' tone and timing. Unfortunately, the outcome is an employee lacking the confidence needed to overcome the many challenges facing their agencies and our country.
First consider how you would feel if you were unknowingly walking around offending the olfactory senses of those around you. Wouldn't you want to know? Wouldn't you want an opportunity to correct it? Well, the only way that can happen is if someone makes you aware of it.
My Dickensian title is not about a tale of the three Mitt Romneys of left, right and center who have emerged as pretenders when convenient over the years. Rather, this is a tale of two Romneys named George and Mitt.