Clearing the Errors: Fixing Six Common Mistakes in the Corporate Environment

Clearing the Errors: Fixing Six Common Mistakes in the Corporate Environment by Laura Stack #productivity

"The first mistake in public business is the going into it." -- Benjamin Franklin, American politician, publisher, and inventor. Despite Ben Franklin's tongue-in-cheek observation, as quoted above, we Americans insist on "going into public business." The tendency arises naturally from our capitalistic system, where we can make good lives for ourselves if we work hard and follow a few logical rules. But as organizations grow and age, institutionalized mistakes creep into the workflow. Some seem obvious with a little self-analysis, some less so. In this article, I'll take a look at half a dozen that you, as a leader, should keep an eye out for. 1. Lack of a clear mission and vision. If you don't know where you're going, how will you know when you get there? Formulate simple, clear-cut … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Bounce Back When You Drop the Ball!

"No matter how far life pushes you down, no matter how much you hurt, you can always bounce back." -- Sheryl Swoopes, American professional basketball player. "Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom."-- George F. Patton, U.S. Army general during World Wars I and II. You've never made a single mistake in your entire career—right? As much as we hate to admit it, we're only human, and perfection lies only in the realm of the Divine. We are high-performing individuals, certainly, but still just flesh and bone, and occasionally we drop the ball. This shouldn't come as a huge surprise to anyone, since we often juggle five or ten of them at once. Fortunately, balls tend to bounce; so when you drop a ball and it bounces back at you, grab it up and rebound yourself. Use these f … [Read more...]