I’ve always been bad at remembering people’s names. I might go to a yearly party where I see some of the same people. But because I don’t see them more than once a year, I not only forget their names, but I forget pretty much everything about them except remembering that I’d seen them “somewhere”, often not remembering that the “somewhere” was at the previous party.

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Working alone for 19 years hasn’t helped me much with that issue. When I was traveling, it might take me a week to remember the names of the people I was working with regularly unless I spent a significant amount of time with them. For others, it might take me a month if I only saw them once a week. Name tags didn’t help; I’ve always had trouble looking quickly at them and seeing what a person’s name was.
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I was reading an article titled How To Measure And Develop Great Leaders. It was a pretty interesting, though short, article that talked about the need to help potential leaders, once you assess them, to learn how leadership actually works so that when they’re ready they won’t have to go through the challenges that most new managers have to deal with.

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Of course it was also a sales piece to promote their own assessment tool, but there’s nothing wrong with selling and educating at the same time. The premise was still sound, that being once an assessment has identified potential leaders, the real work has to begin in training them.
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“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” – Sirius Black, Harry Potter

On my best days, I like thinking of myself as the ultimate good guy. I like to believe that when a hero is needed, it’ll turn out to be me. When a job needs to get done people will turn to me. If someone needs comforting… well, you get the picture.

Trick or Treat
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On days when I’m not so strong… luckily, I’m still a pretty good guy. However, there are times when I hear of something bad that’s happened and the evil me comes out. Actually, the evil in me gets stirred and thinks about coming out, but I suppress it for the most part. Sometimes it’s not all that evil; it’s just an opinion I have that might shock someone who thought they knew a different me; they should know better. 🙂
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One of the things about being an independent consultant is that I get to work with a lot of different entities. That also means I get to see what leadership is like in many places; unfortunately, it’s often not all that great.

Casting A Long Shadow
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Whenever I’ve been brought into a place where I’m going to be an interim leader, I try to make sure everyone knows who I am and what I do. I don’t just mean the people who will be reporting to me, because if they don’t know who I am then I’ve already lost. I mean everyone; housekeeping, IT, maintenance… the other direction as well, CFO, senior VPs, up to the top position.
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I was talking to another health care consultant about a physician’s group he’d done a review for. The physicians were really busy, but the group wasn’t making the kind of money it should have been making.

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What he discovered was one of the physician’s wasn’t showing any revenue for inpatient rounds, whereas the others had significant revenue. When he started asking questions, he learned this particular physician, for whatever reason, had stopped giving his activity slips to the office manager almost a year earlier, saying he was too busy to be bothered with it.
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