Leadership

March 13, 2017

You Don’t Have All the Answers…So Have Great Questions

I watch a lot of managers work really hard to show up with all of the answers. It’s a natural impulse for a leader to want to solve all of the problems, know everything, and help people with information.  Typically, though, the unintended consequence of this is, well, you have to have all of the […]
February 20, 2017

Leadership Is Just Uncomfortable

I’m sure I don’t actually hear “the phrase” all the time.  But it certainly feels like I hear it more and more as I work with teams and leaders.  It’s a little phrase that gets in the way, a lot.  It gets in the way of progress and growth. And it gets in the way […]
January 16, 2017

What If We Rated Leaders Like Uber Drivers?

I took an Uber ride recently, something I’m sure many of us have done, and I started thinking, as I was rating the driver after the trip, how leaders might be different if their team rated them after every interaction. I wonder what that kind of consistent feedback would cause most leaders and managers to do […]
September 27, 2016

Impact Is What Matters Most

  If you are in sales, project management, or another kind of individual contributor role, it’s relatively easy to understand and measure your impact.  Leadership, however, can feel more subjective, soft, or even squishy.  (Yes, I have heard people use the word “squishy” to define leadership skills.) It may feel at times that there’s no […]
March 9, 2016

Your Daily Leadership Scorecard

The more I learn about habit change, the more I become a fan of the daily scorecard process I use for myself and many of my coaching clients. I have found that people are much more effective at making changes in their actions and habits when they use a tool for daily awareness and conscious choices. […]
February 22, 2016

How to Make Your Leadership Intentional, Not Accidental

  “What does the mentor get out of a mentoring relationship?” This question came up during a recent workshop I delivered to a group of senior leaders. One of the leaders in the room said simply, “I get to give something back.” I encounter a lot of leaders who at some point in their career […]
July 8, 2015

How to Identify a Great Future Leader

  In order for any business or organization to get stronger, it needs to continuously develop leaders. The future of the business depends on its ability to either create or recruit leaders who can help it grow, adapt, and succeed.  The leaders in an organization are its future. They are,  or will be, tasked with […]
April 24, 2015

Who Says You Can’t Measure Leadership?

  I often work with companies who want to measure the effectiveness of their leaders but don’t have a plan that they are confident in for how to do that. Too often we resort to downstream results, such as sales numbers, as our only way of determining if our people are good leaders or not. […]
February 17, 2015

Leaders Win or Learn Every Day

  A friend of mine once said to me “every day we win or learn.”  It sounded witty then, but over time I’ve come to understand that thinking like that gives you permission to fail and learn on a daily basis.  Great leaders know that they can’t just fix someone with a single conversation, or […]
February 5, 2015

How to Create a Leadership Development Plan for Yourself

  I have the privilege of working with many people who want to be better leaders.  It’s one of the most fulfilling parts of my job.  I also get to observe some of the key differences between those who simply want to be better leaders and those who make steady, consistent progress towards accomplishing that […]