Today’s leaders must be partners with their people.

cup 2592041 640“In the past, a leader was a boss. Today’s leaders must be partners with their people… they no longer can lead solely based on positional power.” Ken Blanchard

Think back on all of the bosses you’ve reported to over the years. Which ones stick out in your mind as the ones that encouraged you, drove you, and inspired you to be the best you could be? Have you told them the difference they made for you?

In 1997, I was hired by the best boss ever – Dale. From the moment I shook his hand on the interview, I knew I wanted to work for him. He was there to talk me off the ledge when I needed to vent, and he celebrated the good times with me.

When Dale comes to town, I generally get together for dinner with him. We share a lot of laughs and great memories. Every time, I let him know how much I value him, his leadership and our friendship. I’m grateful for the difference Dale made in my life.

If you haven’t done so, pick up the phone, send an email, send a Facebook message, or write a note and let that manager know the impact he or she had on your life. You’ll make their day – just like thinking about that person just made yours a little better.

Have fun,


PS – It was nice to make Dale (almost) cry when he found out I dedicated my “Manufacturing Engagement” Book to him.

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