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Don’t flip a coin! Make a decision.

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Many decisions are made that affect people. People represent potential vendors, current clients, prospective candidates for hire, and even love interests. The decisions we make as leaders influence us and everyone around us financially, physically, and spiritually.

As a leader, It makes sense to slow down and resist the urge to have a knee-jerk reaction to an issue, especially if it is not a crisis situation.

We could flip a coin. Or, it may be wiser to use the following time-tested decision models for any particular cross-roads. It may facilitate that impulse buy at the yacht dealer, inviting a new member to the club, or acting/reacting to a poignant situation involving conflict or praise. 

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O, R U ?

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

2001: A Space Odyssey

We

Wed

Wedding

Weddings

 

We dings

Wings
Wins

Win
In
I
I, alone

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No fail, no success. Know fail? Know success!

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Let’s look at this situation and see if we can use it to help us measure success. Here is a common scenario. It will either be a recipe that is fit for a righteous celebration or a tactical party pooper. 

Success Cake

These are our Success Cake people ingredients: The Group Leader, who manages the Kitchen; a stable of Culinary Professionals; the order from our important customer is a request for a Success Cake. Not just one cake, but a Success Cake from each of the Culinary Professionals. The Success Cake must be made according to the established Kitchen recipe.

These are our Success Cake work ingredients: Dedication, punctuality, teamwork, individual effort, leadership, best practices, meetings, feedback, output, improvements, and, of course, failure. Why? Failure in the past is what helps us remember what to avoid and what to prevent.

These are our Success Cake measurements: sufficiently increased brand awareness (chocolate), higher revenues (two layers), and an enlarged customer base (royal icing). If we can meet all three of these criteria, then aren’t we just doing our jobs?

We work together in a kitchen with Culinary Professionals whose experience ranges from a few months in this kitchen, but years in others, to professionals with many years in this kitchen and no other locations. What happens if there is an ingredient missing?

Someone left the cake out in the rain . . .

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Turn around

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

When the sun broke through the clouds,
the heat shot through his bones.
He was walking away from her.

She told him to hurry up
and get to the launch zone and leave. 

Time ticked on, helping her anger

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Change is not a skill to be mastered

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Change is not a skill to be mastered. Why? We can only escort it though our thoughts and deliver it unto our processes.
Once there, we must learn to walk with it. As soon as we start making changes, we only have yesterday for a comparison.  
Nobody has to change. Something about us always does because of the situations we are in.

American writer Libba Bray writes about a character named Gemma Doyle. Doyle has a revelation in The Sweet Far Thing concerning change: “With this power, there is no telling what I can do to change what needs to be changed.”

What is that power? Electric, supernatural, or is it the will to do so?

Even if we don’t have to change,
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The Toothpaste Moment

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

How many meetings have we been to when, unexpectedly, one person in the group comments about something another member has done or said?

We may have heard this declared or even aimed in our direction: “That’s so odd. I just have to say.”

Did the person who just got labeled as “odd”
FEEL something negative because of that declaration?
Yes.

Declarations such as this are markers.
They are the DNA of culture bias.
They are cultivated in

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*Reliable *Dependable *Sustainable

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

The following article dissects communication. Ultimately, it defines relationship. I decided to share this with you because it should be as obvious as a big red barn. For some of us, it will all hit home when reading the last line. No worries. You are still cool with me.

Either way, I want you to get the full effect. There is a word that qualifies communication and is also key to achieving relationship.

It is how a Michelin Star chef prepares each dish.

It is the noteworthy modifier for reliable and dependable service, causing a sustainable relationship between customer and purveyor.

When you figure out this word, please check yourself at the bottom of this page.

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Let’s Talk about a Suffering Plant

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

I want to share with you a story
which gives an analogy of love and of nurturing.

This, by the way,
has nothing to do
with being or not being a vegan.

There is a plant sale and a big plant makes it back to our house
but it is in a small plastic pot.
We want it to grow so

 

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Unspoken questions

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

She sees you cruising
on the street

and wonders
how you got there

as she is dodging
traffic and jeers

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A fork in the road

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Not too abstract and not concrete
unequivocal directions written
on an ambiguous parchment.

She did not understand why he was ambivalent,
then suddenly decisive
that some amorphous prize could be confined.

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