I don’t watch much TV but recently caught an episode of ‘Judge Judy’. It started me thinking. It might be pretty amusing to be Judge Judy for a day. Love her or hate her, that’s up for debate but you have to acknowledge it might be pretty awesome to have her job for a day. Being Judge Judy means that you could…

1. Spout off cool sayings

Judge Judy is known for her snazzy sayings so you’d have to learn to come up with some good ones.

Some of her best ones:

  • “On your BEST day you’re not as smart as I am on my worst day”
  • “Beauty fades; dumb is forever”
  • “Do I have stupid written over my forehead?”
  • “I’m here because I’m smart, not because I’m young and gorgeous…. although I am!”
  • “Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.”
  • “Don’t try to teach a pig to sing. It doesn’t work and it annoys the pig. “
  • “I’m the boss, applesauce.”

Okay, I know, I know. Some of those might be a bit harsh for work. Not very nice. But admit it, sometimes wouldn’t it be great to just to put a few zingers out there.

2. Settle everything in less than 30 minutes

Studies have shown that we can spend about 8 hours a week in meetings. That’s a pretty significant amount of time when you consider that it equals a work day every week. Time is crucial in an organization and shouldn’t be squandered.


  • Approximately 11 million meetings occur in the U.S. every day
  • Many professionals attend a total of 61 meetings a month

The C-Suite is hit even greater. The Wall Street Journal found they are spending an average of 18 hours in meetings out of a 55-hour work week. If you factor in phone calls, conference calls, and business meals, that time raises to about 40% of their work week.There is also an economic cost to all of these meetings. Atlassian has estimated that the salary cost of unnecessary meetings for U.S. business is $37 billion.

So, if we instituted the Judge Judy factor, everything’s solved in 30 minutes. Done. All meetings would be short and you walk out with issues solved. Not bad.

3. You’d have someone, like Byrd, who has your back

Bill George, former CEO of Medtronic, wrote bestselling books called, Authentic Leadership and True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership in which he details the reasons why we should surround ourselves with good people every day.

Factors to consider are:

  • Do people have passion and purpose?
  • Is there something intrinsic to their personality that will drive them to succeed every day? Purpose defines why people do things and passion describes the emotional and physical spirit that leads to this type of engagement.
  • Are they driven by producing solid results?
  • Do they put their all into what they do? Are they committed to success with enough determination and motivation to carry out goals?
  • Are they smart?
  • Are they skilled in their area of expertise? You can’t be an expert in everything so you have to surround yourself with others who are knowledgeable in their field.
  • Will they not be afraid of conflict and challenge?
  • Will this person spark proper debate? Leaders should not be looking for “yes” people. If they disagree with decisions, they should push back. That challenges thoughts and the decision making process.

4. You can call the BS card any time you want

Managers and leaders are sometimes afraid to hold people accountable. People don’t really like opposition or giving proper feedback. Sometimes leaders just don’t want to destroy morale. But, if you fail to address an individual’s lack of performance, you will only serve to decrease the morale of others. There will be frustration and ill-will from other team members who are pulling more than their fair share of work.

5. Ensure that justice always prevails

Sometimes life just isn’t fair and sometimes unfair things happen at work. From a leadership perspective, it’s a leader’s obligation to do the right thing. You just want to ensure that the right thing, is really the right thing.

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