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One Simple Mistake You Might be Making that Could Cost You EVERYTHING!

May 4, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »


R. Shawn McBride recently spoke about the importance of setting the right culture with your employees. Here is the transcript:

Good morning folks. R. Shawn McBride with you here, live. Talking about one simple mistake you might be making, that could cost you everything. And this is something that I see all too often in organizations.

You know we wanna be strong leaders. And we definitely wanna set a culture and we definitely know where we’re going. And we’re leading, and we’re leading strong. And we’re taking positions. That’s what leaders do. Obviously, that’s what makes you successful in business. To be able to make decisions, pull the trigger, move forward. Many failed businesses make that mistake. You have somebody in charge that doesn’t make decisions. And that can lead to failure.

But, there’s an inherent risk to being a strong leader. And that’s that you take positions and everybody thinks it’s your way or the highway. They know that they cannot challenge your decision. You essentially build a culture of yes people. In the extreme, you might fire or not promote or not help people that challenge you. And you know what happens when you do that. You create a culture where people are afraid to approach you. They lock step of what you do. And taken in the extreme it could lead to, very dangerous situations.

We’ve heard of companies that have had employees that are afraid to raise quality issues. Employees that are afraid to stop the CEO from doing something illegal. This is how some of the big scandals and illegal activities have happened because somebody was too strong. So we as leaders need to balance how we’re running our organization. We need to be strong. We need to set a culture of accountability. And we definitely need to have goals and objectives. But we also need input. We need to make it safe for people to challenge decisions. To have alternate points of view. To bring their value to the table. And let us know when something’s wrong. Taken to the extreme, we can have situations where leaders allow illegal activity to happen within their businesses. And we don’t want that to happen.

We wanna create a culture of accountability, good decision making. We wanna do the right things ethically. And then we also wanna set the company up for the future success. If you’re challenged and concerned about issues like this. Check out our blog, ( And we’d love for you to check out my TedX video and the advantages of women in business., and if you hit /TedXwomen. Or just go to the home page of (, you’ll see it.

And I would love to work with you and your organization. If I can help you in any way. . . if I can come in there and help you set the right culture, and look at what you’re doing . . . make sure that everything’s tweaked the right way. We can unlock incredible value and do great things. Love to help you. As a speaker, or as a consultant. Please reach out to me. Look forward to talking to you again soon. R. Shawn McBride. Send me some notes. Let me know what I can do for you. Like this video, if you do. And let me know what we can do better in the future. Talk to you soon.

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Michel Collot.


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