Bill Harrison - Accountability Continued 2

Posted: Monday, November 15, 2021
By: Gillespie Electric, Inc.
Categories: Construction News

This is a follow-on newsletter from the last two month’s topic of accountability. It might be a plus to review the September and October newsletters as we wrap the subject of accountability up in this one. Are you able to establish crystal clear lines of accountability? Can you stick with them – every day, for everyone? Consistency of application is a key to holding everyone accountable. That ...

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Bill Harrison - Leaders Believe In Accountability

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2021
By: Gillespie Electric, Inc.
Categories: Construction News

Leaders Believe In Accountability Because this is a very important topic, I will be covering it for the next one or two months. We should go as in-depth as possible on this subject because it is one that is very critical to the true leader. This is the keystone to leadership and one of the leader’s greatest challenges. Do they still have teeter-totters at school yards anymore? If you don’t ...

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Bill Harrison - Leaders Are Not Superheroes

Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2021
By: Gillespie Electric, Inc.
Categories: Construction News

Leaders being some kind of superhero is a myth. There are basically three theories of leadership: Trait theory – there are born leadersCrisis theory – some folks just step upThe Transformational theory – people can learn leadership skills The Transformational theory is the most popular now, but I believe in a combination of that and the Crisis theory. Let’s look at an example: Mothers ...

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Bill Harrison - Leaders Never Complain

Posted: Sunday, July 4, 2021
By: Gillespie Electric, Inc.
Categories: Construction News

Before we dive in, I want to make one term clear. Being given the title of leader does not make one a good leader. As we deal with leadership in this series of newsletters, I am talking about the attributes of good leadership. So, let us move on. Having observed and worked with a significant number of good leaders over the decades, one observation is clear - real leaders do not complain or ...

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Bill Harrison - Leaders Create Change

Posted: Wednesday, June 9, 2021
By: Gillespie Electric, Inc.
Categories: Construction News

“People don’t like change” – Common Knowledge Just consider the following: “The Edsel is here to stay.” Henry Ford to dealers in 1957. Ask some senior folks what an Edsel was. “There is no reason why anyone would want a computer in their home.” Kenneth Olsen, Digital Equipment Founder 1977 ” Everything that can be invented has already been invented.” Charles Duel, Patent Office ...

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Bill Harrison - Leaders insist on clear communication

Posted: Monday, May 10, 2021
By: Gillespie Electric, Inc.
Categories: Construction News

“No one would talk much in society if they knew how often they misunderstood others.” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe What a wise man. He died in 1832 yet his words are still relevant today. What per cent of the time do communication issues come up in my coaching work? If you guessed 100% of the time you would be correct. It always surfaces in one way or another. Most ...

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Bill Harrison Oct Quick Notes- What is the Question?

Posted: Monday, October 5, 2020
By: Gillespie Electric, Inc.
Categories: Construction News

What is the question? The quality of your life depends greatly on the questions you ask yourself. The same applies to the questions you ask as a manager. I know, this may sound a bit strange but bear with me. The questions we ask focus our minds in certain ways. “Who is to blame?” Now, what do you think happens with your team members when this is your focus based on the question you ...

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The Coach's Quick Notes - August 2020

Posted: Monday, August 10, 2020
By: Gillespie Electric, Inc.
Categories: Construction News

Motivation A good manager must be able to motivate others. That is what separates the top tier managers from the wannabes. There is one key point – you can not motivate others if you are not motivated yourself – period. Wanting others to be pumped when you are not is living in a fantasy world. So how can you be pumped when there is so much “stuff” going on? Simply – it takes hard work – ...

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Management by Walking Around - Bill Harrison Coach'S Quick Note July 2020

Posted: Thursday, July 9, 2020
By: David Burkhart
Categories: Construction News

Bill Harrison  -  July 2020  Management by Walking Around – what an old-fashioned concept, right? Maybe with all our “cool” electronic devices we have forgotten how powerful this concept is. Maybe too often we forget we are in the people business. A brief story how I learned this in high school; yes, I can still remember that long ago. Our Distributive Education class took a ...

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Coach's Corner Newsletter - Sept 2018

Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2018
By: Gillespie Electric, Inc.
Categories: Construction News

Clarity dooms drama Now that is a simple statement, and I’m sure many folks are saying: “We have clarity where I work. We have all kinds of processes and checklists. Yes, we have clarity.” That is certainly the answer I would expect from management; and often is the one I get. When I talk to the teammembers, however, I get a different story. By the time you finish this newsletter, you may ...

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