Are you trying to win or trying to not lose?

Washington and Lincoln on Management:

“My observation is that whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty, it is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein.”

George Washington

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln, Deal Guy

Econ Recon: Still Plowing Along…Your Peers’ Take on the Economy….Canada Can, Can We?

You: Trying to win or to not lose

The Man Behind The Arches

Abraham Lincoln, Deal Guy

Lincoln has received enormous publicity in recent months due to the Steven Spielberg movie on his crusade to pass the 13th amendment to the constitution.  Aside from George Washington, it would be difficult to find a president held in higher regard.   Lincoln has more than a little to teach CEOs.  For a quick overview, check out these article:  The first  “Making The Biggest Deals- Abraham Lincoln style” offers three lessons on negotiation drawn from major events of Lincoln’s presidency.    If you want some general leadership wisdom from our sixteenth president, check out Lincoln: Five Leadership Lessons.

 Econ Recon: Still Plowing Along…Your Peers’ Take on the Economy….Canada Can, Can We?

Still Plowing Along:   Despite the constant gloom of the mainstream media about the economy  (most notably regarding a stubbornly  high unemployment rate),  the fact is that the economy and total employment  (not the unemployment rate) have been improving for three and a half years; albeit at unacceptably slow  pace.   Economist Brian Wesbury looks why our growth is so slow and explains why we seem stuck with a   Plow Horse State of the Economy.

Your Peers Take on the Economy:  The Q4 results for the Vistage Confidence Index are now available.  Click here for a sense of how Vistage CEO see the economy in the coming year.

Canada Can….Can We? :  Looking for a developed country that seems to have its house in order?  Look up  (on the map, that is).   Vistage Staff Economist  and Institute for Trend Research principal  Alan Beaulieu takes a quick look at our neighbor to the north and points out a few lessons we could learn from them.  

Are you trying to win…. or to not lose?

The most important thing for all of us to manage is ourselves.  To that end, the first question to ask is “Who am I?”  A recent HBR article suggests that each of us is either promotion-focused or prevention-focused in our orientation: In other words,  do I know if I am the kind of person who is trying to win…or I am usually trying to not lose?  This is profound information to have about ourselves and those we report to,  or those who report to us. . Click here for the article.

The Man Behind The Arches

If asked who was the man who made McDonald’s
what it is, most business people automatically say Ray Kroc, who saw a terrific opportunity that the original McDonald’s brothers did not.  True, but every business needs not only a visionary, but also a missionary….someone who lives the brand and whose zeal demands unbending adherence by all to the founder’s vision.

Such was the role of Fred Turner, Former Chairman and CEO of McDonald’s, who died in January at age 80.    Turner started off running a grill at a McDonalds, became operations manager in 1958 and CEO in 1973.     The Economist Magazine runs one obituary each month, almost always of someone not well known who nevertheless had a significant influence in their chosen field.  In January, they chose Fred TurnerTake a moment and read this missionary’s obit.   Who is the “Fred Turner” in your company?  Do you have one?

Reprinted by permission by Allen Hauge

About budjohnson

Mr. Johnson is a Vistage Chair in the Houston Metropolitan area for CE Group 3502, and HR Key Group 9139. In addition Mr. Johnson is the Co-Founder of the Accelerated Professional's program designed to help young professionals become "Business Savvy.....Presentation Capable. Mr. Johnson also works with private equity investors to evaluate corporate opportunities.
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