A Blog by Mike Mears

Leadership Raccoon

Fact Based Decision Making

fixing problems

Fixing Problems

Fix Problems, Not Blame When something is going wrong with a project or a product, it is tempting to find out who is at fault and blame them. There is…

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Data Analysis

Data Analysis

Looking for Trends Looking for trends is part of data analysis. If you look at your data and see something seriously harming your bottom line or an opportunity that needs…

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data visualization

Data Visualization

Fact Based Decision Making – Focus on the Vital Few If you collect data on many variables over any length of time, you may find yourself in the position of drowning…

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Conan Doyle Quote

Introduction to Data Collection

In order to make informed decisions and assess the impact of your actions, you must collect meaningful data. You collect benchmarking information in the beginning, and then you collect the…

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Leading People

Direction

Have and Show Direction

Having and showing direction is like providing a roadmap to a destination. As a leader and manager, your task is to establish the desired goal (the destination) and the objectives…

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Expectations

Setting Expectations

Setting Expectations Setting expectations is a key responsibility of leaders and managers in all organizations. ” is responsibility includes setting the expectations for the organization as a whole, for departments…

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passion

Passion

Leading with Passion We reserve the word passion to describe those activities or products that we really believe in and want to share with others. When you are passionate about…

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vision

Vision

Jeff Bezos had a vision that the Internet would completely change brick-and-mortar-based retailing. Bill Gates believed that individuals would want to own personal computers. Muhammad Yunus believed that small amounts…

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Being Trustworthy

humility

Humility

When we think of traits leaders typically exhibit, many come to mind—including strength, charisma, enthusiasm, and vision. One important component is often overlooked: humility. Humility is an attribute of truly…

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Honor Honest Failure

Failure in the corporate world means not being where you said you would be when you said you would to be there. Your team may miss a deadline. A product…

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courage

Acting with Courage

Physical courage allows you to act in the face of pain, hardship, or threat of death. Shepherding your career rarely requires physical courage, although it may as you can see…

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competence

Competence

Competence is doing things well, repeatedly. Competence requires study, practice, and reflection. There are many skills in which you need to be competent as a manager and leader. Effective communicating,…

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Know Yourself

shortcomings

Recognize your Shortcomings

A shortcoming seems like a bad thing—a character flaw, perhaps.  “Short” before a word means inadequate—shortsighted, short-lived, short shrift.  However, there is another way to think of shortcomings: they are…

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values

Understanding and Living your Personal Values

A value is a belief or philosophy that underlies our worldview and the way we treat our family, employees, the community, and the environment.  Values may be deep-seated, such as…

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Leading with Optimism

Leading with Optimism

Effective leaders are optimistic. They are optimistic and confident by nature, and they can convey their optimism to others in ways that are motivating—this is not Pollyanna optimism but a…

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Leading with Humor

Leading with Humor

Humor plays a serious role in your communication with other people.  Humor can be used to make a point or to diffuse a situation.  When used about yourself, humor demonstrates your…

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