Early in my career I had a leader that I never saw. They would have a call with us via phone and ask us for explanations of our performance and our plans and then ask us to email them that plan. They didn’t often stop by or get a look at our office. They weren’t physically there, that often, so they had to make business decisions based on our direction or through their own assumptions. These decisions were sometimes right and sometimes wrong.

Later in my career, with a different organization, I had a leader that was more involved. They…


This story is adapted from my book, The Success System | Learn To Manage Like A Boss. If you’re interested in picking up a copy, you can find it on Amazon or buy the eBook here.

Empowerment. You hear a lot of companies talk about empowerment. They talk about empowering their teams, giving them leeway and autonomy to complete their work. They use phrases like, business owner. They say these things, but oftentimes their actual policies don’t align with what they say. …


We’ve been working in a hybrid environment for more than a year now. Millions of people around the world were forced to stay home and adapt to a new way of getting things done. The historical ritual of getting up and commuting to work on the train, bus and highways, gave way to making a mug of coffee and walking to your home office, dining room table or coffee table for work.

Businesses had long talked about moving more employees to a telecommute style of work and the world events forced us into a year long experiment. Most employees have…


People that know me would say that I am very direct and to the point. I don’t beat around the bush and I don’t sugar coat things. In fact, my wife and I attended the wedding of a coworker. During the reception, I made a remark that was fairly direct and my wife asked the other people I worked with if I was always this direct at work. They kind of laughed and said yes I was this direct. …


Plan your work and work your plan. That sounds easy to do and it is, but in this day and age it is easy to be distracted by an avalanche of notifications that are constantly going on around us. When I first entered the workforce, having a cell phone was rare and most people had just started to use email. It was easy to stay focused on the task at hand without distractions. Now you can’t go more than a few minutes or even less than a minute without getting a notification of something. A text message, a Facebook post…


I enjoy the NBC hit show Parks and Recreation. In the show there is a character named Ron Swanson, portrayed by Nick Offerman. In one of the episodes Ron is at a diner with his coworker Leslie and orders a number 8. The server replies, “That’s a party platter; it serves 12 people.”. To which Ron replies, “I know what I’m about son.” The server then nods his head, spins and walks away to enter the order.

This is certainly funny, because Ron is ordering enough food for 12 people. What isn’t funny is how self aware Ron is. Ron…


Every morning I write an article. To be more specific, I have a routine. Every morning, I wake up, let the dogs outside, make a cup of coffee, let the dogs inside, head to my office and then write an article. The only time I might vary from that routine is if I’m on vacation or have a very early appointment that might interfere with my normal routine. Otherwise that’s what happens Monday through Friday for me.

I learned a while ago that it is important to have a routine if you want to be able to consistently do things…


It is very easy to blame others for things that we are not happy about. We have all done it in our lives and some of us do it more than others. It’s easy to blame others for things rather than ourselves. Maybe we didn’t get the promotion we were hoping for so we found a reason to make it the fault of the hiring manager. We didn’t win at a sport we were playing so we blame the other team and say they were cheating. …


Voyage To The Moon

There are a number of saying that describe the principles of hard work and sticking with things. For example you have slow and steady wins the race. This phrase is adapted from Aesop’s fable, The Tortoise and the Hare. If you’re not familiar with the story, it’s about a tortoise and a hare that decide to race. The Hare being much quicker than the tortoise assumes that it will win the race and takes off quickly out of the gates. The tortoise however, slowly moves along at his own pace, gaining ground on the finish line. After some time, the…


Perfect is the enemy of good. This aphorism is a concise way of saying that focusing on perfection can result in failing to even bring something good forth. If you are developing a new product, working towards perfection can increase your development time allowing competitors to bring a good product to market first and capture market share. In fact, if you wait too long to bring a product to market or focus too heavily on perfection, inferior competitors may beat you in the market completely.

The more time and energy you put into a creation the more you can add…

Nicholas Brownfield

Hi! I write about leadership both personally and professionally. I’ve been in leadership roles for 20 years with both small and multi-billion dollar companies.

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