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Terry McKenna
Kure Beach, NC
Helping organizations & individuals realize their potential
Interests: Beach, Travel, Working out, Reading, Personal Development, Pittsburgh Steelers
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When you're just starting out, we can be sure of a few fundamental realities: 1) You're not nearly as good or as important as you think you are; 2) You have an attitude that needs to be readjusted; 3) Most of what you think you know or most of what... Continue reading
It's not about beating the other guy. It's not about having more than others. It's about being what you are, and being as good as possible at it, without succumbing to all the things that draw you away from it. It's about going where you set out to go. About... Continue reading
Urgent and important are not the same. Set your priorities. Think big picture. Then trust the people beneath you to do the jobs they were hired to do. * Continue reading
Great leaders are far more skilled in the art of questioning than the art of answering. * Continue reading
The degree to which leaders are seen as credible is the degree to which potential followers will allow themselves to be influenced. * Continue reading
Good leaders don't ask, "What do I do?" Instead, they say, "This is what I am going to do." * Continue reading
Don't confuse the process with the goal. Working on your processes to make them better, easier, and more efficient is an indispensable activity and something you should continually work on, but it is not the goal. Making your products and services great is the goal. * Continue reading
Better to be driven by a strong sense of purpose than by ego. * Continue reading
You cant learn if you think you already know. You will not find the answers if you're too conceited and self-assured to ask questions. You cannot get better if you're convinced you are the best. * Continue reading
Talent is only the starting point. The question is: Will you be able to make the most of it? * Continue reading
Candor overrides hierarchy. * Continue reading
If you want to master a new habit, the key is to start with repetition, not perfection. You don't need to map out every feature of a new habit. You just need to practice it. You just need to get your reps in. * Continue reading
"Focusing is about saying no." -Steve Jobs " The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say "no" to almost everything." -Warren Buffet * Continue reading
In a 2012 study of a large company's front-line supervisors, the National Bureau of Economic Research concluded that, as one summary put it, "The most efficient structure is to assign the best workers to the best bosses. Does this reflect your company? * Continue reading
Why do so many companies lack the discipline to build a robust, focused set of measurable objectives for employees? These companies instead default to subjective assessments or to objectives that are redefined when it comes time for evaluation. And as a result, performance suffers. * Continue reading
Learning "from direct experience," a Harvard Business School study found, "can be more effective if coupled with reflection - that is, the intentional attempt to synthesize, abstract, and articulate the key lessons taught by experience." The philosopher and educator John Dewey went a step further: "We do not learn from... Continue reading
One of the several goals in creating a high-performance culture is to eliminate fear and failure - to create an environment in which making mistakes doesn't strike terror into your employee's hearts . * Continue reading
Priorities can and will rapidly shift and change. When this happens, communication of that shift to the rest of your team, both up and down the chain of command is crucial. The team must have the ability to quickly reprioritize efforts and rapidly adapt to a constantly changing competitive landscape.... Continue reading
Sometimes, the greatest opportunity resides in the darkest places. * Continue reading
You get paid for being right first, and to be first, you can't wait for consensus. * Continue reading
As a organization, we are already more intelligent than we are as individuals. We are part of a collective intelligence. * Continue reading
In a global economy, standards of performance are rising more quickly and more broadly than ever before, leaving subpar performers no place to hide. * Continue reading
Stretch goals make complacency impossible. Develop a healthy disregard for the impossible. * Terry's Blog: Continue reading
Feeling motivated gets you to act. Feeling successful gets you to repeat. * Terry's Blog: Continue reading
"Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present." -Bill Keane, cartoonist. This present is in our possession, but it has an expiration date, a quickly approaching one. If you enjoy all of it, it will be enough. It can last a... Continue reading