Resources for Leaders

The majority of these articles were originally published in a daily email newsletter called Upside Down Business. Upside Down Business is free and is written by Shaun Hair.

How To Tame a Roaring Lion: A Wise Leader Will Change Himself Before Fixing His Team

A wise leader will bring the best out of the team.  A foolish leader will make the team afraid to create, innovate and communicate. That is why when a team transforms from happy, vibrant producers into timid slaves of a … Read More

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When A Leader Is Counterproductive

Most leaders would say anger is harmful for office culture and they try to avoid it.  However, some of those same leaders excuse a fit of unchecked anger if they believe the situation warrants it. They assume their fury can … Read More

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When a King Calls You Names: The Bad Kind of Planning

If it hasn’t already, the day will come when you will arrive at fork in the road in your professional career. One path lacks integrity but offers short-term gain. The second path is ethically prudent but risks immediate fall-out and … Read More

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Three Keys To Achieving Your Life Purpose

People seeking to become leaders are focused on taking control of their life. They want to eliminate distractions and associations that don’t add or contribute to their life’s goal.  These go-getters are enthusiastic. They are motivated. They are driven.  But … Read More

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Who Is Holding Your Mirror?

When a movie wants to portray a character as vain, it often shows the character alone in a room admiring himself in a mirror.  Pride makes him enamored with his own image. A business leader can fall into the same … Read More

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Wisdom Is Better Than Strength

Passive thinking can persuade you that big obstacles are unbeatable. But the bigger army can lose. The larger boxer can get knocked out. The bigger company can fall behind its smaller competition.  It’s important that a leader remember the size … Read More

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Do These 4 Things to Avoid Ruin And Find Success

Executives will rise and fall. Managers will come and go. Very few leaders will have a lasting impact in their field or build a legacy team to continue their mission.  The reason is this: They are missing one of the … Read More

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How A Servant Ruled The Son: The Path To Success

The air was sticky and warm. It always was in Memphis until the first winter front came through.  Just a few months before, I had graduated from law school and taken a job in a small firm in my hometown … Read More

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Mastering Self-Control: How To Be Better Than He Who Captures A City

The owner of the mid-sized company was excited about the upcoming presentation. She had tasked some of her most creative people to explore whether she should buy a competitor’s business across town.  The deal had risks. But it also had … Read More

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Herbs And Oxen: The Secret To a Better Office Culture

One of a manager’s primary concerns should be the culture of his team. It is the fuel that will power productivity and innovation. But often immature executives think of office culture more like an air filter than fuel. They only … Read More

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The Bridge Between Strategy and Execution

The CEO looks out of his office at the people sitting at their desks. They are hard workers and he is glad they are on his team.   He also knows that in one week, he is announcing a significant … Read More

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How To Avoid a Disaster In The Closet

I was newly married and wanted desperately to prove to my wife I was handy around the house like her dad. So it was with much outward confidence I told her I, and I alone, would hang the new clothes … Read More

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The Tale Of Two Managers

“Let me ask you a question.” I wanted to pick the brain of the man across the table from me. He is a vice president of a well-respected global company with years of experience leading and training at the highest … Read More

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How To Fight Distraction With Better Delegation

Developing long-term focus on primary objectives is a feat of both discipline and maturity. The mission was clear at first. But then, unexpected growth and a bloated organizational chart muddy the water. A goal that was once distinct subtly transforms … Read More

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Dear Leader, Your Team Wants You To Be Better At This.

The pastor sits at his desk pondering the next year at his church. When he began with this congregation, he was excited about the future. The people were enthusiastic about his leadership and he had limitless energy to respond to … Read More

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How To Find The Three Fools In Your Office

The 3 regional directors stood in the new vice president’s office. They were listening to her describe a new shift in strategy. She explained why the company needed to change, why the change needed to happen now, and the grave … Read More

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A Voice From a ’64 Comet: How To Ruin Your Reputation

The 1964 Comet slowly pulled to a stop. My dad was proud of his beige-colored classic with its “3 on the tree” column-mounted manual transmission shifter.  I was in the backseat but was anxious to arrive at our destination. It … Read More

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To Alien, Or Not To Alien, That Is The Question: How To Avoid Dread

In the early 1980’s, an entertainment agency was finalizing the details of a soon-to-be-released movie. The agency approached the M&M’s division of Mars, Inc. and asked if their small candies could be featured in the upcoming sci-fi thriller.   The … Read More

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Crags and Badgers: Using Small Size To Your Advantage

A wise leader knows the upside down idea: While there is nothing wrong with healthy growth and expansion, the strategic use of a small team can deliver stunning successes. … Read More

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Thai Food and Burning Castles: When It Hurts So Good

“So what do you think I should do?”  That was the question I asked as I sat across the table from a confidant whose opinion I valued greatly. We were in a Thai restaurant. I had been there long enough … Read More

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