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DO YOU KNOW A TEAM WHEN YOU SEE ONE?

Editor’s Note:  Team Formation, the topic of this article, is the sixth of the Six Engines of Entrepreneurial Ascent®, which are detailed at https://mulkernassociates.com/leadership/six-engines-entrepreneurial-ascent.

Everyone in business accepts without question the critical importance of teams and teamwork.  The terms are treated almost with reverence.  Yet much of the time, I respectfully submit, we do not seem to know what we are talking about.  Some examples:

President Trump has said repeatedly in speeches that all […]

By |February 21st, 2019|Leadership|Comments Off on DO YOU KNOW A TEAM WHEN YOU SEE ONE?

Leading Lawyers

Editors note:  The following article co-authored by Tony Mulkern and Cynthia Flynn, Esq., appeared in the February 2019 edition of Los Angeles Lawyer, the magazine of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.  Cindy Flynn is the founder and managing partner of Hackler Flynn & Associates, a boutique law firm in Los Angeles and Irvine that focuses on employment defense.  

In the past two decades, various changes in the practice of law have created strains on law […]

By |February 13th, 2019|Leadership|Comments Off on Leading Lawyers

ACCOUNTABILITY: COMMITMENT OR LIP SERVICE

By Tony Mulkern

Discussion about accountability is as much a part of executive conversations as goals, objectives, standards, and bottom line.  It is also seems among the most difficult concepts to define or make stick.  Patrick Lencioni, author of the outstanding book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, considers one of the most difficult tasks for members of an executive team is to hold one anther accountable.

Of course, he is right.  I have seen some […]

By |February 9th, 2019|Leadership|Comments Off on ACCOUNTABILITY: COMMITMENT OR LIP SERVICE

DON’T LET SUCCESS BE YOUR DOWNFALL

By Tony Mulkern

Jeff Bezos, founder, chairman and CEO of Amazon, and the richest person in the world, recently said that he wants his employees to “be afraid” and to “wake up every morning terrified.”  Presumabaly he was exaggerating, because Bezos knows something about what motivates achievement, and terror is usually debilitating.  What he is referring to is the fifth of the Six Engines of Entrepreneurial Ascent®, namely, Sustaining a Sense of Urgency, which is […]

By |November 17th, 2018|Leadership|Comments Off on DON’T LET SUCCESS BE YOUR DOWNFALL

Do You Inspire Others?

By Tony Mulkern

If you like what you read here, contact me to learn about the Leader’s Dashboard. It is a great tool that will show you how to inspire others and stay inspired. Contact me at ajmulkern@sbcglobal.net or at 818 249 0147.

UNLEASHING INSPIRATION is the fourth engine of entrepreneurial ascent. The term itself suggests that there exists an energy in people that is restrained, held back, and that if the leader can liberate it, […]

By |July 12th, 2018|Leadership|Comments Off on Do You Inspire Others?

In Clear English, How Does Your Company Make Money?

By Tony Mulkern

TRIGGER WARNING:  If you already have Mission and Vision Statements which are full of vague “solutions” jargon, you may find parts of this article offensive.

INVITATION:  If you would like to improve your Mission and Vision Statements, or write them well in the first instance, you will likely find this article very helpful.

What is your mission?  What is your vision?

Many entrepreneurs seem not to know the answers to these two simple questions.  Either […]

By |May 27th, 2018|Leadership|Comments Off on In Clear English, How Does Your Company Make Money?

Executive Hiring: Getting it Right

The high turnover in President Trump’s White House staff illustrates that hiring the right person for the job does not come naturally even to the most accomplished, entrepreneurial executives.  In fact, success in deal-making and wealth generation can lead to over-confidence in one’s ability to make good selections.  Yet without the right team, the leader is powerless.  This is the reason Hiring Right is the second of the Six Engines of Entrepreneurial Ascent®.

The President […]

By |April 5th, 2018|Leadership|Comments Off on Executive Hiring: Getting it Right

TRUST–An Engine of Ascent

 

A previous article outlined the Six Engines of Entrepreneurial Ascent®.  Over the next six articles, each of these engines will be discussed, one by one, and this one deals with the first, Trust.

Warren Buffett recently gave some sound advice on how to hire well: screen for intelligence, energy, and integrity.  In his characteristically terse wit, he added that if you hire someone who has intelligence and energy but is not ethical, you will likely […]

By |March 9th, 2018|Leadership|Comments Off on TRUST–An Engine of Ascent

The Six Engines of Entrepreneurial Ascent®

By Tony Mulkern

Ever wonder why some entrepreneurial companies take off like rockets, while others struggle to gain at best modest “altitude,” while still others fizzle out or never get more than a few feet of the launch pad?  When it comes to actual rockets that hurl satellites in orbit, travel to the moon, or send missions to the other planets, they require multiple, high thrust, first stage engines to get off the ground and […]

By |January 18th, 2018|Leadership|Comments Off on The Six Engines of Entrepreneurial Ascent®

WHAT IS YOUR HOLIDAY MESSAGE?

Year-end holidays starting with Thanksgiving are the times for sending messages of gratitude, goodwill, wishes for happy holidays, happy and successful New Years, etc. to clients, customers, employees and various business partners and vendors. Mostly they are mass-produced and -printed, and in a business context are of dubious value.  For example, how many beautifully-designed holiday cards are sent to executives with scarcely a personal signature, to be opened by an assistant and then taped […]

By |December 2nd, 2017|Leadership|Comments Off on WHAT IS YOUR HOLIDAY MESSAGE?