Your Boss Just Gave You an Objective. Now What?

Posted by John Rutkiewicz - Guest Blogger on Jan 25, 2019

The other day, a leader I coach – we’ll call him Jim – said to me:

“My boss gives broad direction about what I’m supposed to accomplish, but she doesn’t give details about what she wants to see. At the end of December, she said, ‘Next year, I want you to increase distributor sales.’ What am I supposed to do with that?”

I asked Jim some questions to learn more about his story. Then we discussed these five suggestions….

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Anniversary Memory: 'Lectric Living at Lemberg

Posted by K. Prelesnik on Oct 9, 2018

The word attractive, in relation to spatial design and appeal, took on a whole new meaning in 1972. Lemberg’s increased operations that year drove the expansion from the first floor to the second and third.

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Anniversary Memory: Some things are fine just the way they are

Posted by E.V. Thompson on Sep 21, 2018

Our second floor office space was completed earlier this spring and several departments have since settled in, including data communications, estimating and marketing. The process of acclimating to new neighbors is also complete. Business is back to normal in the bright and cheerful space. Except, there IS one small issue.

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5 Rules for Being a Person Others Want to Follow

Posted by John Rutkiewicz - Guest Blogger on Sep 10, 2018

In his book, The Art of Possibility, renowned orchestral conductor Benjamin Zander shares a simple idea he calls “Leading from Any Chair.” He writes:

“A leader does not need a podium; she can be sitting quietly on the edge of any chair, listening passionately and with commitment, fully prepared to take up the baton.”

I believe the same is true for all of us who work in organizations. Anyone in the house can lead. We don’t need special authority or a title. We don’t need a certain technical expertise. Heck, we don’t even need permission. We merely need the desire to engage others in moving the ball.

The real leadership question is: Will other people WANT to follow you?

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Anniversary Memory: Communication Tool Evolution

Posted by K. Prelesnik on Aug 21, 2018

Think about the last time you picked up the newspaper, a brochure or even a magazine.

Now think about the last time you grabbed your phone or laptop and searched for information in your web browser. Chances are, you reached for the digital option.

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Anniversary Memory: Retiree remembers creating an iconic photo

Posted by E.V. Thompson on Aug 9, 2018

Lemberg held our 90/25 Anniversary Picnic in July. We invited our current employees and our retirees and their families to join in the fun. There was food, face painting, friends, a raffle and a lot of animals. The weather was gorgeous -- perfect for a summer picnic. But there was someone there who made our day just that much more special. 

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4 Ways Leadership Involves Change

Posted by John Rutkiewicz - Guest Blogger on Jul 13, 2018

The distinction between management and leadership has been debated for decades. Great minds – such as Warren Bennis, Stephen Covey, Grace Hopper, and John Kotter – have argued that management and leadership are different. I've argued the difference, too.

  • Bennis: “Managers do things right, while leaders do the right things.”
  • Covey: “Leadership deals with direction. Management deals with speed.”
  • Hopper: “You manage things. You lead people.”
John Kotter of Harvard Business School put it this way:

Management is about coping with complexity. Leadership is about coping with change. -- J.Kotter, Harvard Business School

I like Kotter’s thinking. A defining distinction about leadership is its focus on change. After all, in the work-world, change is all around us.

As I’ve reflected on this idea over the years, I’ve come to realize the most effective leaders focus on creating change in four key ways.

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Anniversary Memory: A brand of a different color

Posted by E.V. Thompson on Jun 20, 2018

In 2013, Lemberg leadership took a hard look at the way the company was represented to the public and decided it needed a face lift. After all, Lemberg was growing. The company had acquired a few businesses and expanded services. The team embarked on a rebranding process that would take more than a year to complete.

Enter design and marketing firms, writers, and social gurus who advised on every aspect of the external representation of the company. In the end, Lemberg's branding/marketing committee changed not only the logo, but also the look of printed materials, website and even the way they "spoke" to the customers through these media. 

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"Birthday Week" -- A Leadership Lesson

Posted by John Rutkiewicz - Guest Blogger on Jun 14, 2018

It’s “Birthday Week” at our house. Birthday Week is an annual tradition that begins six days before my wife’s birthday, ending and culminating on the anniversary of her birth. It’s a tradition invented by her dad, my father-in-law.

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Better Leaders Reduce the High Cost of Turnover

Posted by John Rutkiewicz - Guest Blogger on Apr 20, 2018

You may have heard it before: People join companies, they leave leaders. Through decades of working with leaders at all levels in organizations around the county, we’ve found this claim to be true. Employees most often leave because of their immediate manager.

Research also supports this fact. Gallup has conducted more than 30 years of research into employee engagement and productivity. They have concluded that upwards of 70% of the reasons for voluntary turnover relate to elements that can be influenced by managers.

A survey conducted in the U.K. by Approved Index showed that 42% of employees admitted having left a job because of a bad boss. 

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