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What If I Am The Problem?

Posted Posted by jenny on October 24th, 2014 in Articles     Comments No comments

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 Everyone has problems in life and many times they linger for a variety of reasons. The problem may be too painful to deal with or seem too big or complicated. In some cases, the problem exists within us.

One of the tasks I have in working with clients is to identify the problem in their organization. There is a difference in “perception” and the real problem. It helps to use the “Three Bucket List.”

Bucket #1 – Is the problem people?

Bucket #2 – Is the problem processes?

Bucket #3 – Is the problem platform (facility or product, location, website, marketing)?

This procedure is critical because I have seen managers find good people, but there were problems because they had poor processes. By deciding which bucket the problem belongs, half the battle is won.

If the problem is people, what can you do?

  1. Admit it. Denial can be dangerous.

  2. Ask for help. Wise counselors are important.

  3. Action will be necessary. Don’t expect different results until you take the appropriate action.

I recently had a conversation with a close friend who was having a significant challenge. After listening to him it was apparent he was a problem. Walking him through the three steps written above was not easy, but he is now heading in the right direction. Problems can be solved!

Part #2: 7 Habits of Highly Unsuccessful Leaders

Posted Posted by jenny on October 20th, 2014 in Articles     Comments No comments
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In my last article, I began a list of habits unsuccessful people exhibit. As the list continues, examine yourself to see if any of these habits apply to your life.

Habits of Highly Unsuccessful Leaders

  1. They write off anyone who is not 100% behind them. The leader never likes to be challenged. When another team member has a contrasting opinion, they become critical of that person.

This could be you if:

  • You rarely receive feedback from others.
  • You take criticism personally.

Negative impact:

  • Culture of fear.
  • High turnover with staff.


  1. They underestimate major obstacles. The leader will not deal with the brutal facts or reality. They overlook the difficulty of solving a problem.

This could be you if:

  • You have a new idea every week.
  • You are creating an environment of the “tyranny of the urgency” for your team.

Negative impact:

  • Loss of credibility.
  • Stressful environment.


  1. They stubbornly rely on what worked for them in the past. Many leaders on their way to becoming highly unsuccessful, accelerate their organization decline by simply reverting to what they regard as the tried and tested. In order to achieve stability in a world of change, they seize yesterday’s answers.

This could be you if:

  • You are not willing to leave your comfort zone.
  • You lack vision.
  • You are not continuing to learn and grow personally.

Negative impact:

  • Your organization is on a decline.
  • You are not able to attract innovative leaders to the team.


  1. They have learned the art of office politics. They tell people what they want to hear rather than being a trusted leader. They also play favorites to people who “kiss up” to them.

This could be you if:

  • You have a hidden agenda.
  • You do not have a good track record.

Negative impact:

  • Absence of trust.
  • Team members are unclear what the “win” is.


The “Seven Habits of Highly Unsuccessful Leaders” are too dangerous to go unchecked. If you work with this type leader, I encourage you to “speak the truth in love.” If they do not receive it, you may want to consider a move.

If you find yourself having one or more of these habits, self-awareness is a good thing. Admit it and take corrective measures. You may need to apologize for certain behaviors. Above all, be accountable to someone so these habits can be broken!



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