Terry Starbucker

My All-Time Favorite Leadership Lesson (in only 29 words)

Terry Starbucker

My all-time favorite leadership lesson came at the perfect time. At age 27 I had just started my first big executive job at a Cable TV company in Los Angeles, with very little leadership experience. Consequently, I was hungry for guidance on what it took to be a great leader.

10 Things About Great Leadership That Will Never Change (no matter how hard we try)

Terry Starbucker

To become great leaders, there is a point where we must realize that there are some rules of the road that we cannot change, no matter how hard we try. I call them “ the immutable laws of leadership “, the backbone of any successful foray into this honorable vocation.

How Great Leaders Simplify Decision-Making (And Just Get Stuff Done)

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Back in 1987, when I was hired by Jack Kent Cooke at the ripe young age of 27 to be the COO of a cable TV company, he wasted very little time to initiate me into the world of executive management.

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My 10 All-Time Favorite Leadership Posts (chosen by you)

Terry Starbucker

Hard to believe that this blog has been around for nearly 13 years – it’s been a wonderful and winding journey putting my thoughts on these pages about a subject that is near and dear to my heart. Leadership. The more human kind.

10 New Year Resolutions For A Great Leadership Year

Terry Starbucker

There’s nothing better than kicking a new year off with the wind at your back and a core set of resolutions to guide you to greatness. Indeed my fellow leaders, it’s that time again to ready ourselves to embody the very definition of “lead”, and show the way.

How To Build (and Sustain) A Culture Of Accountability

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My More Human Leadership philosophy and practice is guided by 8 core principles , and if they are followed and practiced well, a leader can achieve what I call the “ success trifecta ” – a great company, happy employees, and a fulfilled leader.

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Dream Adjusters: Why Company Leaders Also Have To Be Chief Calibration Officers

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When is a dream too big? When is it not big enough? When should the dream change? And who should be the one sorting it all out for an organization and/or team pushing for greatness? YOU, the leader. . There is no other person that can do it most effectively, or with the most impact.

6 Ways For A Leader To Fill A Workplace With People Who Love Their Jobs

Terry Starbucker

In my never-ending quest for more human leadership , I’ve discovered an essential truth: If you encounter a workplace filled with people who love their jobs, you’ll find a great leader who made that happen. Those kind of environments don’t just pop out of thin air – there needs to be a catalyst.

Get In The Groove: The Flywheel and Total Enterprise Alignment

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More Human: My Journey To The Heart Of Great Leadership (Part 1)

Terry Starbucker

Leadership is one of my life’s great passions – and I’m pleased to share with you my journey (in three parts in 3 weeks) to what I consider to be the heart of great More Human leadership – the success trifecta. A successful company, A happy team, And a fulfilled YOU.

Why Leaders Must Practice Full Spectrum Management (and Avoid The Comfortable Middle)

Terry Starbucker

As I enter my 31st (!) year as a business leader, there are just a handful of leadership lessons come back to the forefront for me, time after time (after time). This one always bubbles back up to the top of the list.

Getting To Happy: My Journey To The Heart Of Great Leadership (Part 3)

Terry Starbucker

This is the 3rd and final part of my journey (in three parts in 3 weeks) to what I consider to be the heart of great More Human leadership – the success trifecta: A successful company, A happy team, And a fulfilled YOU.

The 7 Keys To Leading Your Team To Greatness

Terry Starbucker

Building a great team is one of those leadership skills that can make or break you.

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Accountability & Metrics: My Journey To The Heart Of Great Leadership (Part 2)

Terry Starbucker

This is Part 2 of my journey (in three parts in 3 weeks) to what I consider to be the heart of great More Human leadership – the success trifecta: A successful company, A happy team, And a fulfilled YOU. If you haven’t read Part 1, check it out HERE , and then come on back.

How a Leader Can Make 10 Minus One Equal 12 (and other feats of magical math)

Terry Starbucker

Let’s set the scene: we’re eavesdropping on the (fictional) conversation between SVP “Jerry” and his teammate “George”, in Jerry’s office…… “I promise Jerry, I’ll do better – just give me another chance”.

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A Leadership Key To Success: Don’t Do Second Things First

Terry Starbucker

Remember those yellow legal note pads? They used to be my constant companions earlier in my career, before PCs, smart phones, laptops, and tablets. Yes, there was actually a time like that, as strange as it may seem now. And oh yes, that officially qualifies me as a dinosaur.).

The Most Important Question Every Leader Must Answer – Before It Is Asked

Terry Starbucker

The manager slumps on his desk, frustrated and confused. In his mind, he has done everything right to manage his team to success. He carefully explained to them the task at hand and its deadline for completion, how it was supposed to get done (and by whom), and outlined the expected results.

If We Know HOW To Be Happy, How Come We Still Can’t BE Happy?

Terry Starbucker

Picture this… You are a researcher, looking over one of the most comprehensive long-term studies of human behavior. You spend 42 years with nearly 270 men, studying their lives.

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10 Things Leaders Hate To Do (But Really Should Do Them Anyway)

Terry Starbucker

We all remember those times when our parents made us eat something on our plates that just didn’t appeal to us. Like broccoli, for example. “ Eat that broccoli , it’s good for you !” we’d hear from Mom.

Getting To Awesome: How To Align Your Passion For Leadership With The Rest of Your Life

Terry Starbucker

As a long-time student of more human leadership I love to chat with other leadership and business thought leaders and teachers, because there’s always something new to learn that can make a difference.

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The 12 Ways Great Leaders Build Trust

Terry Starbucker

“To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.” ” –George MacDonald. Over the course of our working lives, how many times have we been let down by our leaders – for promises not kept, changes that are never made, money that is never spent, or raises that never come?

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The (All Too) Often Missing Link To Awesome Team Building

Terry Starbucker

These are the people that are thrown into their jobs head first. They typically know their stuff, but are lacking in certain skill sets that directly relate to their new responsibilities. Worse, they don’t get a lot of guidance from their bosses before AND after they take that dive. Sound familiar?

Why Above All Else, Leaders Must Teach and Not Tell (and 6 Ways To Do It Right)

Terry Starbucker

The teaching element of leadership is so often overlooked and overshadowed by more glamorous things like vision, strategy and execution.

The Leadership Wonder Drug (But Beware Of The Side Effects)

Terry Starbucker

It’s a leadership wonder drug of 5 simple words that can make a huge difference in the workplace. A real shot of motivation and inspiration that, if delivered at the right time and place, can spur your team to the pinnacle of success.

Follow Me! 10 Rules For The Selfless Leader

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Photo by Richard Hoffman (www.majordickwinters.com). “I I know plenty of heroes, but I am certainly not one” – Major Dick Winters , commander, Easy Company, 101st Airborne division, World War II.

6 Quick Ways To Know If You Are An Effective Leader

Terry Starbucker

In a fast-paced and ultra-competitive business world, it’s rare when a leader can get immediate feedback about how they are doing.

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How I Discovered The Values That Led Me To Leadership Success

Terry Starbucker

My More Human Leadership philosophy and practice is guided by 8 core principles.

The One Thing A Great Leader Has To Give Up (After Working Hard To Get It)

Terry Starbucker

I remember the first time I got it at age 22, a mere 4 months after I graduated from college, as a staff accountant at a public accounting firm. It was given to me reluctantly, out of sheer necessity, and it terrified me. But on the other hand, it was what I wanted.

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The Danger Zone: Why Leaders Must Talk The Talk AND Walk The Walk

Terry Starbucker

“Terry my boy, what do you think?”. I had never been so prepared to answer that question, delivered by my boss in his typically theatrical way. I had been thinking about this question for a better part of a week. We were working on an important project, and there was a problem.

The Critical First Step For Great Leadership: The Journey From “I” to “We”

Terry Starbucker

There comes a time in a more human leadership journey where something radically changes. The focus of our effort makes a major progression forward that, once accomplished, propels us to greatness.

The One Leadership Lesson That Is Always Worth Repeating…and Repeating

Terry Starbucker

“Boss, you’ve already told me 14 times to play it again” There were many times in the course of my leadership journey where I heard this, loud enough (and exasperatingly enough) where I could hear it: “Oh no, there he goes AGAIN”. It was music to my ears!

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5 Ways To Lead Your Small Business To Profit

Terry Starbucker

For anyone who has started a new business after a lot of hard work and effort, and is now getting revenue into the till, there’s a moment where a new reality sets in, and you hit an inflection point where the focus shifts from “How do I get this thing started and keep the bills paid?”

Why Great Leadership Means Leading Your Way Out Of A Job

Terry Starbucker

Over the course of a long leadership journey you occasionally get to experience one of those extraordinary days that you remember, and draw on as a valuable lesson, for the rest of your business life. This is the story of one of those days.

Reach For Greatness: The 12 Steps To The Leadership Summit

Terry Starbucker

I’ve been fortunate enough over the course of my 34-year career to have arrived at what I call the leadership summit – a high place of great business success and personal satisfaction, and a fulfilling culmination of years of effort, determination, and dedication.

Follow Me! 10 Rules For The Selfless Leader

Terry Starbucker

Photo by Richard Hoffman (www.majordickwinters.com). “I I know plenty of heroes, but I am certainly not one” – Major Dick Winters , commander, Easy Company, 101st Airborne division, World War II.

The 10 Core Elements Of The Rally The Troops Leadership Speech

Terry Starbucker

Teddy Roosevelt, a man who certainly knew how to rally the troops. I know some people are petrified when they are handed a microphone, or step up to a podium, but I’m not one of those people – at least not now.

The One (and Only) Golden Rule of Great Leadership

Terry Starbucker

As soon as we are labeled as a “leader”, especially one in the executive suite, there is a very strong tendency to put ourselves on a pedestal. After all, we are on a higher rung on the ladder, right?

How To Talk Like A Leader (In 5 Easy Ways)

Terry Starbucker

I’ve had this infatuation with being a wordsmith for many, many (many) years. The fact is, I like words – all kinds of words. I guess you could say I’m infatuated with the English language, so much so that one of my favorite books of all-time is Webster’s Dictionary.

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Leaders Beware: The Peril Of The Accountability Trap

Terry Starbucker

While there is no question that having a high level of accountability in the workplace is a good thing, the trick is getting your teammates to that point of clarity without tipping the scale over into a perilous danger zone.

Change Makers: My 10 Most Effective Leadership Mantras

Terry Starbucker

I love putting a little Zen into my day-to-day leadership, because I’ve found it to be very, very effective. More specifically, I’m a big believer in leadership mantras.

The 2 Leadership Traits That Will Set You Apart (and Sustain You For The Long Haul)

Terry Starbucker

When I moved to Portland Oregon back in 2010, my intentions were to exist in a state of “semi-retirement” – that is, blending a little bit of work with a lot more down time.

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A Love Song In 1,000 Verses: My Ode To Leadership….And Life

Terry Starbucker

On December 25, 2005, it started this way : Hello blogland, starbucker here – I figured that Christmas Day was the best time as ever to start doing this.

15 Steps To Great Leadership (The More Human Way)

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Frank sat back, shook his head, and looked me straight in the eyes. “How did you do this? I mean, to get from where you started to where you ended up must have been a hell of a story.”. It was May of 2010. We had just finished a review of one of our operating centers in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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