In our global world, there's no doubt that more organizations are going to fail daily.  The competition is simply so much more fierce nowadays.

However, while many organizations struggle, there are still great success stories out there. Leaders who see opportunities where others see roadblocks generally lead those operations. Not coincidently, their teams are typically more positive and more productive then their competitors.

Over my 30 years working with business leaders, I've been able to see which ideas work in almost any arena. Here are 6 tactics I've garnered from some of the finest pros. See if they could help you improve your rate of success:

1. Become a small picture kind of boss - While it's critical that you help everyone understand the big goals and objectives of the organization; don't forget that the best leaders can also bring those goals down to the smallest details of individual jobs.

Learn to help everyone, at every level, understand how his or her contribution can make the overall organization more successful.

2. Improve the preparation for hiring new players - Most organizations do really crappy interviewing.

Many who interview potential new hires will admit to not being well prepared, (but they figured someone else in the process would have done much better). Now more than ever, it's important that anyone joining your organization is well-screened and the best fit for the opening.

HR studies show that 60% of new hires fail in the first 12 months.

3. Develop your memory - Think back to the first time someone important remembered your name. It felt pretty good, right? Like you counted.

The best leaders remember names, job roles, hobbies, partner’s names, and more. Watching them go through multiple meetings, it can be amazing how good their memories are.  And it pays off - people work harder for those who care enough to remember personal things.

4. Learn these words: "I made a mistake" - And then say them as required.

When you're confident enough to admit your screw-ups, it's a great signal to team members that you are real and that you get it. This encourages them to be just as honest, reducing the fudging and BS so prevalent in many organizations.

5. Don't demi-task - Do you listen 100% of the time?  Or are you usually mentally engaged in several thinks at once?  Top dogs know that nobody can multi-task effectively over the long haul. They've figured out how to focus with laser-like precision. And their team members know that they're boss is really that good.

This helps those individuals become better at being clear and precise in their communications to you. Saves time and energy for everyone.

6. Track how you spend your time - The finest managers spend their time where the best payoff is likely to come. But most leaders spend their time on problems or dealing with problem people, despite their best intentions.

On a regular basis, take out your calendar and review how much of your time you spent with what and who. If you see a pattern in your behavior - like too much time dealing with the whiny guy who always has troubles in his department and not with the positive individual who always delivers on her commitments - make some changes to your time management.

Here's to your future...

- John