Leader

January 25, 2017

Effort Matters

  Recently, I attended my son’s swim meet and, for those of you who have been to a kid’s swim meet, you know how they can, well, drag on a little.  It’s usually three or four hours long with maybe a couple minutes of your kid actually swimming.  I love watching my kids participate in […]
October 16, 2014

3 Questions That Will Tell You If You Are Leading Others

  I get to work with a lot of good leaders, senior executives and rising business superstars.  These emerging and accomplished leaders have a few things in common that separate them from the others.  One of these things is their definition of leadership. Leadership is one of those words that we think can be defined in […]
September 17, 2014

Creating a Culture of Client Service

  If you are like me, you go through the day interacting with many people and very rarely stop to evaluate those interactions.  In any given week, I might visit ten or more businesses as a customer or client.  From getting gas, to buying lunch, dropping my child off at daycare, a doctor visit, or […]
September 11, 2014

5 Ways Questions Can Make You a Stronger Leader

  As I work with leaders to support them in their development I find myself discussing the importance of good questions a lot. When we get right down to the tactical changes that leaders need to make to be more effective, increase the capability on their team or change the culture of their organization, asking […]
July 2, 2014

4 Reasons Not to Coach a Business Like a Sport

  It’s a pretty common occurrence for leaders and managers to compare themselves to sports coaches.  I often hear people describe great leadership by referencing a famous football or basketball coach.  Now I’m a big sports fan and I talk about Coach John Wooden as a great example of helping people focus on reaching their […]
June 25, 2014

3 Ways to Measure Leadership Success

  I started 4th Gear Consulting back in 2009 because I thought we needed more leaders.  As I’ve worked with executives, business owners, teams and companies I continue to learn what is driving our collective lack of leaders.  As a rule, when it comes to leadership, we aren’t very good at defining it, setting expectations […]
June 18, 2014

Breaking Bad Leadership Habits

  A while back my wife mentioned that we needed a new kitchen faucet.  The one we had was about 15 years old, leaked on occasion and wasnt very easy to operate.  Three kids can wear a faucet out pretty effectively.  When we went to look at them she really liked the new touch faucets […]
May 14, 2014

Why Good Leadership Matters in Business

  I was having a conversation recently with a business executive about why good management and leadership matters in business.  It sounds self explanatory, and no one disputes it in a general sense, but when you look at the specific impact of a great leader or manager on a team, it starts to become clear […]
March 19, 2014

Your Leadership Style May Just Be Bad Management

  We were working with a business not too long ago and during a discussion on how to help improve employee performance one of the managers described how he handled the review process. Based on how he described it, let’s just say I wouldn’t expect much improvement in performance based on his particular method.  When […]
March 12, 2014

Leadership is Seasonless, But Spring Training Couldn’t Hurt

  My 9 year old son started a new season of baseball recently and like every year, the coach spent the first several practices focused only on fundamentals.  He went back over all of the basics of fielding, hitting, and throwing so that the kids could break down the mechanics of those skills and practice […]