Select Page


January 22, 2021
Leadership Advisory

Diligence is important in unfavorable times.

Diligent leaders have the ability to bring consistent energy and effort to their work.  They bridle the urgent demands with a single-mindedness on strategic movement while carefully and persistently increasing their work.

A leader recently learned through 360˚ feedback that his peers perceived him as having slacked off in his commitment.  They noted that he wasn’t demonstrating hard work or putting himself out to address the economic challenges of his office.  He explained his behavior as a result of the economic downturn saying, business just wasn’t there.

During unfavorable conditions diligent leaders show up with greater persistence and determination.  In the words of Jim Collins, they “display a workmanlike diligence – more plow horse than show horse.” They refuse to use these harsh economic realities as reason to coast.

The characteristics of diligence are:

1. Demonstration of energy and physical stamina required to get things done in the midst of long and extreme conditions.

2. Insistence on making every hour of every day productive.  It’s more than good time management, it’s expanding capacity for leveraging resources and activity.

3. Follow-through on commitments made.  Leaders who fail to deliver on commitments forfeit the right to be followed.

Research indicates that 95% of leaders and managers are not living up to their potential. Extreme times call for extreme leadership.  How will you show up?

Commitment is simply generosity

Commitment is giving of yourself generously to the people and initiative you're responsible for.  Generous with your energy, ideas,  and time to wholeheartedly lead the current assignment. There are those who play full-out and those who hold back, cautious not to...

Desperation Diminishes

"Desperation is like stealing from the Mafia: you stand a good chance of attracting the wrong attention." Douglas Horton Many capable professionals disqualify themselves from positions of leadership because they appear desperate.  One of my mentors explained that...

6 Business Development Skills That Get Results

Success depends on being capable of anticipating client needs. The ability to probe and anticipate opportunity is a critical skill to develop.  Here are a few tips to practice for those who are insight challenged... 1.  Step back from the task at hand and reflect on...