A CEO friend of mine sent these to me in an email several years back. These are practices that he learned over the years. I have these practices written down on a 3×5 card and placed on my desk with others that I rotate through on a regular basis. I find that I need to keep these kinds of things in front of me or else I can get bogged down in daily issues and respond poorly to situations.
– Get ugly early. Make hard decisions early and as quickly as possible.
– No rabbit ears. Do not react to every person’s advice. Gather all the facts and consider them before responding.
– Be true to your values. Even when it costs you in th short term, holding to your values pay off in the end.
– Invest in mentors. Providing mentors produces better leaders.
I hope you benefit from these as I have. Take them, write them down, and practice them. They will become well used tools in your management belt.