Eisenhower Matrix

Eisenhower Matrix

The Eisenhower Matrix Written By Geoff BurnsDwight D. "Ike" Eisenhower was a five star Army General during World War II and the 34th President of the United States of America. He is responsible for implementing the Interstate Highway System that is in use today. However, many do not know that he developed a simple matrix to analyze tasks and to...

Mission Drift

As an organization ages, it is not uncommon for it to experience "drift." Drift can be a natural process of the shifting landscape with which an organization operates. A controlled approach to change is not really the same as drift, however. The March of Dimes comes to mind. Their original purpose was to eradicate polio, which for all intents and...
Give and Get

Give and Get

In any leadership role, you will encounter situations that require acquisition of new or expansion of existing resources. In this case, consider anything that could be considered a resource: cash, volunteers, staff, toilet paper, etc. Savvy leaders always begin by identifying both the specific resource needs and the quantity. Additionally, leaders utilize their networks, time and personal resources to assist...
Leaders and Managers

Leaders and Managers

Much has been written on the subject of leaders vs. managers. It is likely that what you are reading today is nothing new, but hopefully you can take the information and glean something new for your organization to help improve your role in leadership (or management). It is often said that "leaders have people that follow them, but managers have...
Death by Micromanagement

Death by Micromanagement

When it comes to achieving results, management is needed. Goals need managed. Resources need managed. Programs need managed. People need managed. (See the trend here?) The reality is that everything needs some sort of management. Entropy is the natural increase in disorder in a system. Management is the process by which we try to limit or mitigate the disorder into...