Homebuyer Tax Credit Extended - Inludes Some Repeat Homebuyers

The Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 has extended the tax credit of up to $8,000 for qualified first-time home buyers purchasing a principal residence. It also authorized a tax credit of up to $6,500 for qualified repeat home buyers.

There is a host of information available by Googling Homebuyer Tax Credit

3 C's to Business Success

Austen and I were privileged to hear Dan Cathy of Chick-Fil-A speak recently at DTS' Leader Board. What I pleasure.

While I took two pages of notes, the big thing I took away were the three qualities he and his team look for when interviewing a potential owner/operator or employee of Chick-fil-A.

Those three qualities are
  • character
  • competence and 
  • chemistry
Chick-Fil-A gets thousands and thousands of applications each year for owner/operators and chooses 250 or so. These 3 qualities are paramount in that selection process. I'll refrain from quoting definitions of each of these for now.


Courageous Follower: Taking Action

A leader leading leader is not the only one leading. A leader leading leader attracts people that follow and lead well and empowers both to take action.

Courageous Follower: pg 35 - "leaders want their staff to assume more responsibility, initiate ideas, and take action of their own."

Some positive examples this week of a leader leading leader; Curtis staying after me for a meeting (it took 2 tries to get me in the meeting) about settings on a new piece of software that we're trying to implement, Jamie going beyond her normal responsibilities to get a problem fixed, and Austen developing a new market awareness program.

This is type of work that energizes a leader and leaves him refreshed at the end of a hard day instead of worn down.

We must all learn to do the job we're hired to do and accept that the job is not all laid out on a policy or a checklist. We have to think and take action; ask questions, insure we have the knowledge and keep asking ourselves and others questions until we do.

Don't be the weakest link, take action and be a leader leading leader.

This is also a great example of good Character, Competence and Chemistry as described by Bill Hybels in Courageous Leadership and Dan Cathy of Chic-Fil-A.

Follow well.