Pure Lucht
Leadership Lessons Learned by John Lucht

You know that person. The person in your organization who makes you look organized when you aren’t. Who shows you how to do things on your computer (for the 100th time) you should already know. Who knows as much about the new fill-in-the-blank service or product you’re launching as you do. Who understands your customer’s quirks and preferences better than you ever will. Who is the gatekeeper for all those pesky calls. Who schedules their vacation around your vacation or conferences. Who meets you downstairs with that document you need but left in your office. Who does all of this with only an occasional thanks and probably an even rarer compliment. You know them. Your administrative professional.

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Lessons Learned on Starting and Growing a Successful Career in One Place

Contributed by Sean Taylor, Partner with Smith & Howard

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

If you are a poetry buff, then the first part of the title to this piece should stand out to you.  Robert Frost’s classic poem, The Road Not Taken, talks about coming to a fork in a path in the woods.  Our traveler is unsure about which way to go and wishes to have the ability to go both ways.  After examining the paths, our traveler cannot discern with clarity the difference in...

The dictionary defines a bulldozer as a “large, powerful tractor having a vertical blade at the front end for moving earth, tree, stumps, rocks, etc.” It also defines it as a person who “intimidates or coerces.”

A tiller, on the other hand, is a machine or person that labors, “as by plowing upon the land for the raising of crops and to cultivate.”

I could probably stop this post without further elaboration and readers would understand why one illustrates a true leader and the other doesn’t. But if it were that simple, there wouldn’t have been any readers who said to themselves, “Yeah. I am (or my boss is) a bulldozer.”

I think there are lessons in the two examples...

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