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Trust Patience Persistance

Have you ever had a boss that didn’t trust you?  What about a co-worker that just can’t seem to cut you some slack?  I know I sure have.  I guess it’s pretty normal when you start a new job.  But what about after you’ve been in a position for 6 months or a year or more?  By that time, you’re probably hoping that the ‘cuffs will come off, right?

Well, they don’t always come off.  And that’s a real bummer!  Even if they do, you may still feel like there’s a lack of transparency holding you back.  You know, like the boss closes his door to talk to other people in the department, but you’re left in the dark.  Or what about the dinner meeting that you didn’t get invited to?  Maybe you just feel like you are always the last to know what’s going on.

So, what’s the deal?  How do you overcome this situation?  First, let’s identify the root of the problem…

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Organizational culture is something that just exists.  It’s not something that many of us want to try and change.  It does change, but it’s not usually in our control.  Over time…rules change, people change, and boom, culture changes.  However, there is a magic that can happen when groups of people are determined to make something happen.  In the case of automaker Ford’s turn around, that’s exactly how they did it.

Check out the short video below of an interview with VP of Marketing James Farley, where he talks about this decision:

Question:  Does an organization have to be desperate in order to change?

Let’s face it, no matter what you do for a living, there are probably aspects of your job that are just plain monotonous and all out boring!  As a matter of fact, your entire job may be boring (hopefully not)…

Either way, the video I’m sharing below showcases something and someone that is very unique.  This person is turning his job (and a very boring part of it) into something special – art.  Watching this makes me ask myself how I could turn my less exciting activities into art.  Why settle for boring??  Check it out:

Question:  What about you; how can you turn your job into art?

Many Hollywood movies have inspired us with their version of “leadership” over the years.  Maybe none more than those focusing on ship captains or submarine captains at the helm.  That’s why when I saw this video posted over at I was truly intrigued.

This video is based on a real story of a submarine captain that was faced with the challenge of flipping decades of leadership dogma on it’s head so that he could literally turn the worst performing ship in the navy around to be the best.

In currently reading his book (“Turn This Ship Around”) and hope to share more with you soon.  In the meantime, please enjoy:


“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” TS Eliot

If you’ve worked for someone else for more than five minutes, you’ve probably gotten your proverbial hand slapped for one reason or another.  Obviously you lived to talk about it and likely learned a lesson or two about your boundaries in the process.  But getting your hand slapped doesn’t always mean that you did something wrong.  Sometimes, it’s exactly the opposite!

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We’ve all been there before…your boss just doesn’t like to talk like that.  “Vision?  My vision is for you to get back to work!”.  Not exactly inspiring, right?  Well, there is a vision there, even if he or she doesn’t want to admit it.  Here’s how to get it out of them…

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Not every battle is worth the cost of winning.  Sometimes the casualties of corporate skirmishes can be ugly!  There are many situations where “letting this one go” means swallowing your pride while saving the team or the mission.  With that being said, retreat doesn’t necessarily mean losing; it may mean survival!

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It seems like no matter the size of the company, you will hear people complaining, “our training here stinks…oh wait, what training”.  Of course, there are exceptions to this rule where training is seemingly over-the-top.  However, even at these places you’ll hear people saying, “why are they teaching us this…it’s such a waste of time”.

Trust me, I’ve worked in both of these environments!  There is no such thing as a perfect training program!

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“Hey Mr. Bossman!  I have a great idea about how we can improve our company……”

“Well, Mr. employee, that seems a little out there.  Let me think about it.”

Two months or even two years later…

Mr. Bossman says: “Good afternoon Team!  We are here today to implement this great new idea that I have.”  Hooray!

In my experience, it’s pretty common to hear from people who feel like their boss or even a team member has stolen their idea without giving them credit for it.  The bad part about this is that it can leave a tension between people that can stick around like a student loan.  So, how do you deal with that?

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