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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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Attention matters - and in an era in which our attention is being fought for by every new app, website, article, book, tweet, and post, its value has only gone up. Attention is a habit, and by letting your attention slip and wander bad habits are developed and mistakes are... Continue reading
Jeff Bezos, Amazon's founder and CEO, has said that if his people have a one-in-10 chance of making a 100x return on an investment, he wants them to make that bet every time. But that means that to reap the reward Amazon needs to be willing to tolerate someone failing... Continue reading
Humility is clearer-eyed than ego, and that's important because humility always works harder than ego. * Continue reading
Knowing what your goal is-having that crystal clear-allows you to know when to follow conventional wisdom and when to say "Screw it." * Continue reading
You will only get one shot today. You have only 24-hours with which to take it. And then it is gone forever. What will you manage to make of today before it slips from your fingers and becomes the past? When someone asks you what you did yesterday, do you... Continue reading
There are no silver bullets. Therefore, you're going to have to use a lot of lead bullets. * Continue reading
"Many a false step was made by standing still." -Fortune Cookie Continue reading
The best way to solve a management problem is through direct confrontation - by facing people bluntly, and unapologetically. * Continue reading
A post-operational debrief examines all phases of an operation from planning through execution, in a concise format. What went right? What went wrong? How can we adapt our tactics to make us even more effective and increase our advantage over the competition? * Continue reading
Delegation is a good first step in creating space for leadership to emerge. * Continue reading
You can cut back on a lot of things as a leader, but the last thing you can ever skimp on is marketing. Your product needs a champion. As Peter Drucker put it: "Each project needs somebody who says, 'I am going to make this succeed,' and then goes to... Continue reading
The need for leadership development has never been more urgent. Companies of all sorts realize that to survive in today's volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environment, they need leadership skills and organizational capabilities different from those that helped them succeed in the past. * Continue reading
In your organization, other than a paycheck, why do people show up for work every day? * Continue reading
Planning is really important, but it's seductive to get lost in the planning. Getting into action generates inspiration. Don't cop out waiting for inspiration to get you into action. It won't! * Continue reading
Doubt is a signpost on the road to something new, a natural part of the journey to a breakthrough. If no one had doubts, they'd all have done it already. * Continue reading
Zappos and Amazon offer to pay employees to walk away from their jobs at the end of a 90-day trial period. They encourage them to take a onetime payout of $5,000. Why? Because not everyone is right for the job, and it's better to realize that sooner than later. *... Continue reading
Improvisation will only bring you as far as the next crisis, and is never a substitute for thinking several steps ahead and planning to the end. * Continue reading
Is your organization a performance-culture or an excuse-culture? * Continue reading
Few employees seem to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to their jobs - and the further removed the locus of learning is from the locus of application, the larger this gap becomes. * Continue reading
When you can't win by being better, you can win by being different. * Continue reading
Empowerment in its most simple form is sharing decision-making authority with others. * Continue reading
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