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Hiring Ambitious People Makes You Successful

civil-war-lincoln-pinkertonAbraham Lincoln hired some of the most ambitious and prominent people he could find for cabinet positions and advisors.

Although that might seem like Lincoln was inviting a group of back-stabbers into his own office to help him run things, he had a different thought.

He didn’t fear the daggers these men might aim at his back, but he did fear a party and a country splintering apart without the advice and support of successful statesmen at his side who represented a variety of factions and regional sections of the North.

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Hot Advice from Winston Churchill

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Give Your Employees Everything You Can

Abraham-Lincoln-Statue-in-Lincoln-Memorial-Washington-D-C-PostersIF YOU PROVIDE WELL FOR PEOPLE, THEY CAN GIVE YOU THEIR BEST EFFORTS.

This was the situation in August 1864:  Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee were embroiled in a bloody war of attrition in Northern Virginia, General William Tecumseh Sherman was in a stalemate outside of Atlanta, and Democrats were hammering away at a message that the war had become about slavery and that there was no end in sight – openly advocating settling with the Confederacy.

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Entrepreneurs Don’t Care About Empty and Full Glasses

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If You Think Adversity Is Bad, Try Power

#Repost from @cordaps12 #lincoln #management #managementskills #managementinspiration

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Encourage Communication to Ensure Success

AbrahamLincolnTHE VALUE OF EXCHANGING INFORMATION WITHIN YOUR ORGANIZATION CANNOT BE OVERESTIMATED. 

Abraham Lincoln learned a big lesson on the importance of organizational communication immediately after his inauguration when the crisis of Fort Sumter was dropped in his lap.

If Lincoln gave up the South Carolina fort to the Confederacy, the Union would look weak, Lincoln would be going back on his inaugural promise to hold all federal properties, several Southern states would go over to the Confederate side, and Northern confidence would be severely shaken.

On the other hand, Lincoln couldn’t fight to keep Fort Sumter, as it was estimated that the Union would need about 30,000 men to defend it – there were only 17,000 in the entire U.S. Army at the time. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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All Are Not Motivated Equally

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Do the Right Thing – Even If It’s Unpopular

Abraham Lincoln by George Henry StoryABRAHAM LINCOLN LET GO OF A DESPERATELY NEEDED VICTORY FOR THE SAKE OF INTEGRITY. 

Union victories on the battlefield early in the Civil War were nearly non-existent, so when sailors from a Union naval vessel boarded a British ship called The Trent and captured two Confederate representatives headed to Great Britain to gain its support, Americans went wild.

There were celebrations in the streets of New York City, the media printed huge headlines, and there was a smile or two cracked in the White House.

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Let’s Not Sugar Coat Your $370 Billion Loss

Lincoln portrayed with his ax in an early 20th century painting by F.A. Schneider.AN OPEN LETTER TO THE TYPICAL MANAGER

Dear Typical Manager,

We’d like to preface this letter by saying that there is no excuse for our bad behavior.  However, facts are facts, and it’s time somebody presented this oft-repeated story without the sugar-coating.

Last year, you collectively lost $370 billion due to “low employee engagement” because you are a bad boss.

As we’ve all read on leadership and management blogs for the past month, that $370 billion is not fictitious.  It’s the eighth year in a row Gallup has done this study, and the numbers pretty much look the same every year.  Three hundred seventy is just 2013’s number.

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Get What You Can Out of Your Troublemakers

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WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN ONE OF YOUR BEST PEOPLE HAS A SERIOUS CHARACTER FLAW?

Treasury Secretary Salmon Chase never let go of his singular goal to become President.

The following anecdote from Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book Team of Rivals:  The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln fully explains why Abraham Lincoln tolerated Chase:

Chase’s incessant presidential ambitions “reminded Lincoln of the time when he was ‘plowing corn on a Kentucky farm’ with a lazy horse that suddenly sped forward energetically to ‘the end of the furrow.’  Upon reaching the horse, he discovered ‘an enormous chin-fly fastened upon him, and knocked him off,’ not wanting ‘the old horse bitten in that way.’ His companion said that it was a mistake to knock it off, for ‘that’s all that made him go.’ ‘Now,’ Lincoln concluded, ‘if Mr. [Chase] has a presidential chin-fly biting him, I’m not going to knock him off, if it will only make his department go.’”[i]

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