Leadership Development

February 4, 2014

Leadership Begins with a Choice

  Years ago I was conducting a training program for managers that was focused on helping them lead their teams more effectively.  We spent part of the workshop helping them create a process for understanding the goals of their team members and how important it was to align those personal goals with the job goals. […]
January 27, 2014

Developing Leaders: A Process That Works

  I was working with a business leader recently when I asked him what his process was for developing leaders in his business.  That question was followed by some crickets and then, well,  more crickets loosely disguised as an answer. It’s ironic that we have a process for so many things that mean much less […]
November 8, 2012

Are You a Better Leader Than a Second Grader?

  Recently, I attended a parent teacher conference for my son, currently a second grader, and the teacher shared with me a new system they are using to evaluate the growth and performance of the kids.  As I glanced over the evaluation form it struck me that things don’t change all that much from second […]
October 9, 2012

Leadership Isn’t About You

  I was working with a business leader recently who asked me the question, “why won’t my people do what I want”?  The answer is relatively simple: because people do what they want.  If what they want and what you want is in conflict, guess who loses every time?  The challenge of leadership is to […]
August 27, 2012

How To Thrive Under Bad Leadership

  I get the question a lot. How can I be a successful leader if the people above me are, well, idiots?  Or worse even, what if they are egotistical, unethical jerks?  The good news is that you can still become the right leader for your team and those around you in spite of a boss handicap. […]
August 20, 2012

Versatile Leader or One Trick Pony?

  I was working with a leader not too long ago who was doing a great job leading a few members of her team, and struggling mightily with others.  She was working hard to understand why only some of her team members responded well to her, seemed motivated to do what she asked them, understood […]
August 9, 2012

Leadership – Build It Or Buy It?

  There are two ways to increase the leadership capability in a business.  Build it by developing people from within the organization into leaders who can take the business forward, or buy it by recruiting established leaders from other businesses.  Both can have advantages and drawbacks.  What is important is that you select your leadership […]
June 13, 2012

What A Leadership Development Program Should Teach

  I’ve had the opportunity to build leadership development programs for many different kinds of organizations and occasionally I get asked about the most important things that a leadership development program should focus on in order to get results.  Many programs feel good to the organization, because they are doing something for their leaders, but […]
March 26, 2012

Why People Don’t Do What You Say

  Sometimes, we forget how much influence leaders have.  And as leaders, we often leave much of that influence completely unused.  It’s easy to get so focused on the outcome we want, that we miss the opportunity to help someone actually make a change that’s best for the business and also for them. Are you […]
March 4, 2012

3 Things To Remember When Leading Change

  A lot of the work that I do with businesses revolves around helping them manage change.  If a business plans to be successful for longer than a month or two, change will be necessary at some point.  One of the first things I do is help them stop thinking about managing change and start […]