Sunday, January 25, 2009

Diversity is your Strength - Week of Jan. 25

Management Moment
By Doug Dickerson

Power Point – Good leadership requires you to surround yourself with people of diverse perspectives who can disagree with you without fear of retaliation.
- Doris Kearns Goodwin

Power Thought: Diversity of thought and opinion is the backbone of your organization. All opinions need to be heard, all blind spots need to be revealed, all options placed on the table. A good leader welcomes this. As this happens, seldom will you ever be caught off guard. Be a good leader; listen up!
- Doug Dickerson

Power Surge: The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.
- Elbert Hubbard

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Leadership Made Simple - Week of Jan. 18

Management Moment
By Doug Dickerson

Power Point – Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers.
- Gen. Colin Powell

Power Thought – Simplicity is one of the greatest gifts a leader can give. It’s all too often that management tries to complicate things. But why? Organizational structure and progress is not measured by the volumes of charts, graphs, reports it produces, but in how efficient it can be with less. Simplicity is a wonderful thing!
- Doug Dickerson

Power Surge – Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.
- Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Hard work leads to success - Week of Jan. 11

Management Moment
By Doug Dickerson

Power Point: In some sports you can excel if you have natural talent. Not in swimming. You can have all the talent in the world, be built the right way, but you can’t be good or get good without hard work.
- Michael Phelps

Power Thought: As in sports, your natural abilities in the workplace will only carry you so far. Phelps has it right when he says the difference maker is hard work. Your commitment to the team and to its success is determined by how hard you work. There are no shortcuts.
-Doug Dickerson

Power Surge: The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, they won’t be worth a dime.
- Babe Ruth

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Learning From Mistakes - Week of Jan. 4

Management Moment
By Doug Dickerson

Power Point: Lord, deliver me from the man who never makes a mistake, and also from the man who makes the same mistake twice.
- Dr. William Mayo

Power Thought: We are all prone to making mistakes, aren’t we? I’ve made my share of them and I’m sure you have too. While there are many factors that cause us to make mistakes, I’d say a negative attitude has to rank right up there when it comes to ways to prevent making the same mistake twice. Our attitude determines our altitude. Which way are you headed?
-Doug Dickerson

Power Surge: A chip on the shoulder indicates that there is wood higher up.
- Jack Herbert