Leadership

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 […]
May 17, 2017

Work-Life Balance Is A Myth; Plan for Work-Life Harmony Instead

Leadership isn’t easy.  Being a great leader means you’re at your best when your team is around. It means you show up fully engaged and serve as a role model for how others work, how they communicate, how they solve problems and the kind of attitude they choose. If you are leading others, or really, […]
April 12, 2017
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How to Lead Sustainable Change

Most people think change is hard.  In business, whether it’s a process change or a complete cultural shift, I hear leaders and managers consistently frustrated with the speed and success of change on teams and in organizations.  They describe teams as resistant to change, stuck in their ways, and comfortable with the status quo. They […]
March 22, 2017

Waiting for Change

I was working with a team not too long ago and, during a discussion on a particular organizational change, one of the team members stated, “We need someone at the top to own this and drive it.” While the words may differ from person to person, it’s pretty common to hear individuals in an organization […]
March 22, 2017

3 Things To Remember When You Are Leading Others

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you think of all the things that you have to do as a leader.  The responsibilities that typically come with a leadership role can be daunting. Leaders manage projects as well as people – and it’s easy to get wrapped up in what we want to do, without remembering […]
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
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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. […]