Who do you blame when stuff goes wrong? Put away the “blamethrower”

When you blame others for your problems, you give away the ability to fix those issues. You place the “power” over the situation in something or someone external to yourself. How much luck do you think you will have changing others, so that your situation improves? Learn to identify the root cause of the issue, WITHIN YOU. Most times, it lies within fear, anger or resentment. Clearly identifying the cause gives clarity to the solution. By readjusting your perspective, you can properly solve the problem. – bossinthemiddle.com

Do black lives matter in leadership?


If you are sensitive to topics of race, it’s probably because our society has sugar coated this stuff for too long. Time to start ripping the band-aid off.

It’s sad, but true. The higher a black person goes in an organization, the less of his or her own they see. Does it matter, when it comes to that black person’s ability to lead the group? In corporate America, other races don’t face this question on the same magnitude as black people for two reasons. Continue reading “Do black lives matter in leadership?”

Validation – Who needs it?


Living in a world where everybody likes you and your choices is not ideal or realistic.

There is a person at my job recently who disagreed with something I did in a very strong way. He basically yelled at me and told me how wrong I was for making the decision I made, partly because he felt like it affected him. Continue reading “Validation – Who needs it?”

Identify the key players.

Identify the key players.

Forming a team of key players and aligning them around goals is important. This enables ideas to be flushed through competent folks and earns respect for the leader, as he/she allows the team to grow and share in the success. Understanding the individual strengths of team members and how those strengths work together in a collaborative effort is paramount to the team’s success. Goal implementation doesn’t happen overnight, but a committed team aligned toward the same goal can make the journey worth it! Have you formed your team yet?

Accountability: Dispelling the myths and exposing the truths.


Accountability can be defined as; the quality or state of being accountable; especially : an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions <public officials lacking accountability>

A quick observation of some myths and truths –
Continue reading “Accountability: Dispelling the myths and exposing the truths.”

You’re always affecting culture.

You’re always affecting culture.

I’d like to remind everyone that we are always affecting culture, directly and indirectly. People are always watching us. As leaders, if we’re not purposely building up a positive culture, we may be tearing it down by our actions or lack thereof. Don’t be afraid to step up for what’s right. By not stepping up, you may as well be knocking down the building blocks of a good culture.

This isn’t what I thought it would be…

My job was pretty disgusting. The first time I became a lead person was about 20 years ago. I worked in a facility that laundered hospital scrubs and linens. Think about that, dirty hospital sheets and towels. Let your imagination run wild and I guarantee you won’t be able to think of how nasty this place could get. I’ll spare you the details. Anyway, I worked here because Continue reading “This isn’t what I thought it would be…”

So, you’ve been promoted to “boss”. Now what?


Whether they offered you the job or you were “voluntold”, either way it’s begun and you are now a “boss”. So now what? First, let’s take a deep breath and think about this.

The word “boss” carries a lot of weight with it. So much weight that it comes off a little negative. A common theme of this website will be to destroy the historical idea of a “boss” and bring the modern middle manager into view. Continue reading “So, you’ve been promoted to “boss”. Now what?”