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Top Ten Lessons From 2008

Top Ten Lessons from 2008

It has been quite a year of change for Strategic Sense; change highlights the adaptive skills inherent in every individual and business! From the tail-end of a boom in Calgary to the significant change in business due to a recession, many lessons have been learned. We wanted to highlight a few here with thanks to each and every one of you for contributing to our early success.

1. It is a very small world on the internet we have been visited from as far away as Indonesia. Seeing the many countries who have visited the website certainly prove we are in a global age.

2. Web 2.0 has significantly changed the face and the means of doing business. We can’t wait for what’s next.

3. Exceptional Leaders are needed in bad market times, especially if they want to get the people rallied around company success.

4. Many people understand how to define a goal, but are not quite certain how to apply the actions for getting results.

5. Employees often tell us they wish we would work with their leaders. Those same leaders often tell us they are doing all the right things. (disconnect)

6. Business can be done from anywhere, but meeting face-to-face is the only way to learn the passion the other individual has for the topic.

7. PayPal is brilliant.

8. The people within a company and the customers they serve are the two most important things to focus on. Internalized self-serving executives will kill a business.

9. Leaders who have employees with bad attitudes are responsible for attitudinal change.

10. The most difficult leadership position, is adequately and responsibly leading yourself!

We wish each and every one of you a very Happy New Year. May prosperity find you and may you recognize that YOU are in charge of you, YOU are in charge of changing your own world and of making a difference in the lives of others. Happy 2009 from the nice people at Strategic Sense!

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Are You on The Ice or in The Stands?

Have you ever played hockey or are you an avid spectator? I ask this, because they offer two completely different perspectives. When you play hockey you know you need to make the puck go to the opposite end of the ice from your goal, but in order to make that happen you have a lot to think about. You need to skate well enough to fend off opposing players, do some great stick handling, protect the puck, know where your team mates are in order to pass and know where the opposing team members are in order to find the open ice and score. Lots going on there!

When you are a spectator, you get to see a whole different picture! You get to enjoy the game from afar, without having to juggle the tasks in order to make it happen. You see the over-all picture and it appears much easier from your view. You shout out instructions in hopes they see what you see, you cheer when they do the ‘right thing’ and you sulk when they don’t. Having played the game offers you a deeper understanding, in conjunction with your bird’s eye view and you ‘get’ it when a play doesn’t go the way you thought it should. When you’re a fan who has never played hockey, you have a limitation in your tolerance for what you consider a mistake.

A good coach of a hockey team has always played the game, and often several of the positions.

A leader is someone who has a bird’s eye view, and a clear and honest stake in the game. If they’re a leader who has come up through the ranks, sometimes they have a better understanding of the various roles and can permit and even tolerate with understanding when something doesn’t go as planned, and readjust accordingly. When they are new to the game, it’s especially hard to guide and coach with the same kind of patience.

GREAT leaders are those who take the time to learn what the various roles are, what they’re accountable for and what the core responsibilities are. A GREAT leader makes the effort to know what’s done at every level of the organization in a relevant manner to understand how it pertains to the entire game. What kind of leader are you?