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Authenticity In Leadership

In 2008 when the world was crashing, projects were dying, and budgets were drying up I started a WordPress blog under my own name.  The original intent was to connect and share observations and insights on project related work in the tech space and how readers could remain successful in such challenging times.  Since then, a lot has changed including my focus and it’s been obvious for some time that I needed to embrace a new approach.  I’ve struggled with plagiarism from other sites (flattery, right?), a diverse audience whose needs weren’t always met and a limited message that didn’t always identify with my personal brand.

So “we loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly.”  I sorted through old posts reminiscing on the work that went into them and the way they were received.  (Several were left at the curb and others were taken to GoodWill.)  After a long search I found what I think will be the perfect new home at the sparkly new Better Leadership Blog headquarters.  There’s lots of light (perfect for growing those mental flowers), great neighbors (check out the updated Blogroll) and a whole new world of opportunity.

Leaving the old work behind required a lot of thought and introspection.  (Who were those old blogs serving anyway?  Me or a wider audience?)  Within this space I’ll focus not just on sales and building great teams, but wider leadership principles across many more verticals.

The Better Leadership Blog exists because over the course of my career as a sales consultant and advisor I’ve seen many mistakes made.  In some cases these mistakes have changed the future of companies and individuals.  They’ve impacted hundreds of people including employees, investors and the customer base.  They’ve cost market share and impeded future growth. There’s very little room for recovery from those mistakes now. Days lost are dollars lost and this is about avoiding those mistakes on your own path to accomplishment.

In today’s ever changing economy, one thing is certain: Principled Execution remains the key to successful business practices.  This includes selecting, training and developing leaders, creating an innovative culture, defining success metrics, and building frameworks for change.  It also includes serving your customers effectively.  This last piece will be of particular focus going forward.

My personal mission includes mentoring and sharing insight.  I aim to do that here.  As with most things though, it’s a two way street.  I welcome your comments and feedback.  Tell me when I’ve missed the mark and expand on areas that resonate with you.   Wisdom withheld is a sin.

Crowe Mead

 

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.” – Steve Jobs

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