Commitment

July 31, 2017

Leadership is About Creating Insight

Recently I arrived in my neighborhood after a pretty severe storm. Trees were down everywhere, a gas line had ruptured, homes had been damaged, and everyone was dealing with debris. On the way to my house, I drove slowly to survey the wreckage. Many of the homes had trees down in the yard and limbs […]
July 9, 2014

How to Build Influence As A Leader

  Authority versus influence is a topic much discussed in the world of leadership and management. We have written frequently about the importance and benefits of committed teams gained from using influence rather than authority.  Well, recently a friend asked me how you can tell which one you are using.  At first I looked at […]
May 21, 2014

The Top 5 Benefits of a Committed Team

  Recently I wrote about two types of organizations- compliant and committed.  I explored the different attempts businesses make to get their company to reach new goals, achieve new limits, and exceed the targets.  I concluded that a committed team is best for the long term future and success of a business and that leaders […]
April 24, 2014

It’s Time to Change the Way We Change…

  This post was originally published on Collective Matters on March 19th, 2014. There is a common theme that we see in organizations today. Change.  Change is hard.  Change is constant.  We change too much.  We change too fast.  We don’t leave time for one change to stick before we change it again…..Sound familiar? These […]
April 16, 2014

Leading Through Influence

  Organizations often find themselves on the hunt to “get better.”  The search for ways to reduce turnover, create stronger leaders, reach indicators, and increase morale feels more like a life-long journey rather than a destination for many businesses today. Some organizations start by finding existing leaders who are already doing a handful of these […]
February 20, 2014

4 Key Ways to Become an Inspired and Engaged Employee

  Chances are you have seen and heard the vast amount of reports and research indicating that employee engagement is a critical component of retention, productivity, and the overall success of a company. As such, supervisors, managers, and CEO’s have been focused on ways to understand what employee engagement is and how to increase it […]
February 18, 2014

Commitment: Carrots and Sticks Not Required

  So it happens three weeks in a row. You tell your team to submit their weekly report to you by Friday at 5pm and it doesn’t happen.  So, you tell them each again, send an email with the due date, set up automatic calendar reminders, and even go so far as to offer a […]
February 13, 2014

Three Leadership Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

  Are your perceptions as a manager causing your team to fall short?  Mine did, and recognizing that my own perceptions were hindering my ability to lead my team to success was one of the biggest wake up calls I’ve had as a leader. We all have a set of perceptions that guide how we interpret and […]
February 11, 2014

Teenagers Teaching Us About Responsibility.. Yes, Really

  Ever have one of those moments when you just stop and stare at your kids and time kind of freezes for you? You get to watch them and for some reason, you are fully aware of how they are growing and changing. You watch them learning and making their own choices and the stark […]