“The Fish Stinks From The Head Down”

I’ll use this phrase when people come to me asking about a certain business that is going bad, or a business philosophy that may be travelling poorly.

They’ll often ask me if I can identify the problem that is occurring, and whether there’s a way of fixing that problem.

Most commonly, the person who comes to me with the problem is often the person who is causing the problem… and sadly, although they are the cause of the problem, they are totally unaware that they are the cause.

Often I’ll say something like this when I observe a serious problem happening:

“If they’re looking for the solution to their problem, all they need to do to find it is walk into their bathroom and look in the mirror…”

When we understand the factors that contribute to failure and success in organisations, LEADERSHIP is the number one key factor.

All successful businesses, organisations, and countries will easily recognise that their success has been driven by the presence and efforts of a strong persuasive leader.

Conversely, lack of leadership and poor leadership are major contributing factors in the failure and demise of once successful businesses, organisations, and countries.

When we witness business failure, it doesn’t require the wisdom of Nostradamus to put one and one together and solve the problem regarding the cause of that business failure.

And that cause of that business failure will be poor leadership.

Leadership that is misdirected, or non-directional.

Leadership that lacks the ability to inspire its troops.

Leadership needs to always be…

Leadership needs to always be strong, powerful, and persuasive.

It needs to be inspiring. It needs to inspire action.

There is no bad smell when there is strong leadership.

The only smell associated with strong leadership is the sweet smell of success.


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