Management

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 […]
August 6, 2014

What Your Calendar Says About Your Leadership

  One of the best parts of my job is being able to work with senior leaders and business executives as a coach to help them achieve more of their goals, chart their career course and build stronger, more accountable teams around them. Each individual is unique; they face different challenges, have different opportunities and […]
July 23, 2014

How to Motivate Others

  In almost every workshop, consulting engagement, or coaching interaction, I get some form of the question “how do I motivate others?”  Leaders and managers want other people to change their behavior or do something different, but they simply get tired of making them change.  It’s exhausting to keep telling people things over and over […]
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 […]
November 21, 2012

3 Ways Managers Kill Engagement and Crush Motivation

  Very few managers show up each morning at work thinking: “today I’m going to cause my team to disengage and demotivate them any way I can.”  And yet, many managers spend a great deal of their time doing exactly that.  It may not be their intention but if you observe them, talk to their […]
May 3, 2012

5 Things a New Manager Should Know

  I often get to work with people who have recently been promoted into management positions for the first time and it’s some of the most rewarding work that I do.  There is no handbook on leadership and many of us struggle tremendously at first. An organization grants us some authority and all of the […]
September 27, 2010

Change Management, For Yourself

  I’ve worked with several leaders who struggle with the conflict between what they feel like they have to do for the business and what they sincerely enjoy. Sometimes there is even a difference between what the business needs from a leader and the kind of leader they want to become. Let’s face it, leadership […]