Leader vs. Bureaucrat

The Bureaucrat knows everything
The Leader asks questions

The Bureaucrat values policy
The Leader values ideas

The Bureaucrat questions intentions
The Leader trusts people

The Bureaucrat fears failure
The Leader understands that without failure nothing great can be accomplished

The Bureaucrat adds complexity to process
The Leader seeks efficiency

The Bureaucrat listens to reply
The Leader listens to understand

The Bureaucrat wants certainty in decision making
The Leader analyzes incomplete information and decides on probable outcomes

The Bureaucrat gives orders
The Leader offers guidance, resources, and encouragement

The Bureaucrat asks: “How will this decision affect me?”
The Leader asks: “How will this decision impact our strategic objectives?”

The Bureaucrat sees a problem and starts a committee
The Leader takes ownership of the problem and its solution

The Bureaucrat tells you how they want it done
The Leader values outcome over process

The Bureaucrat focuses on protecting the status-quo
The Leader focuses on the mission and recognizes when change is necessary to achieve goals

The Bureaucrat believes subordinates’ accomplishments are their own
The Leader publicly acknowledges others’ accomplishments as belonging to them

The Bureaucrat is influenced by rumors and emotion
The Leader is influenced by data and strategy

The Bureaucrat seeks out subordinates that agree with their views
The Leader seeks out subject matter experts to challenge their views

The Bureaucrat avoids risk
The Leader accepts risk and measures it against potential reward

The Bureaucrat conflates responsibility with blame
The Leader accepts responsibility and does not blame

The Bureaucrat is forever concerned with the details
The Leader is concerned with vision and execution

The Bureaucrat’s effort is spent finding reasons why it cannot be done
The Leader’s effort is spent doing it

Be a leader. The world needs more of them.

This post was inspired by Charlie Bilello’s post: Pundit or Professional? 

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There will always be resistance. Our default expectation should be resistance. But in markets, just like it many other aspects of life, there will not always be support. This is an important lesson because it is one of the reasons that winning in the markets is a really difficult process.

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Trump, Tariffs, Amazon, the 200 Day Moving Average and Your Process

The last few days have been filled with noise. Trump took to Twitter and attacked Amazon $AMZN for not paying taxes, for allegedly having a below-market deal with the United States Postal Service, and for putting “mom & pop” shops out of business – 90 million American Prime members (and voters) be damned. As if that wasn’t enough to send the financial media into full-blown supposition mode, the administration announced proposed trade tariffs against China. Continue reading “Trump, Tariffs, Amazon, the 200 Day Moving Average and Your Process”

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Yesterday I posted my watch list with a note that I was risking only .25%. That post led to the following question:

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Losses are part of trading. In fact losing positions make up the majority of many winning trading systems. That is, many winning trading systems have a winning percentage that is less than 50%. It seems counter intuitive that you can be wrong more than you are right and still make significant money in markets. But that truth has been proven by many well known traders.

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A Stock Chart Cheat Sheet Worth Your $STUDY

I’m not sure who created the below cheat sheet but it is worth sharing. If you spend some time studying it, these patterns will begin to jump out at you when you are looking for stocks to add to your watch list.

Since proper risk management can be the difference between a profitable trader and one who goes bust, knowing the area in which to set your stop is critically important and this cheat sheet does a great job of identifying stop areas for you.

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