Success

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. […]
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 […]
January 14, 2015

Three Ways to Become More Successful this Year

  We’ve all seen the statistics on New Year’s Resolutions. About 45 percent of people make some kind of promise to themselves for how they will do things differently in the coming year. About eight percent of people consider themselves successful at keeping their resolutions beyond a few months. The good news is that close to […]
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 17, 2010

Setting New Leaders up for Success

  I was working with a company recently that was looking for a way to improve the success of the leaders they bring into the organization. They had hired several senior executives only to watch them struggle and ultimately leave or be forced out within the first 18 months. What’s interesting is that the amount […]
June 15, 2009

Survival Mode Can Kill You.

  I can’t count the times I’ve heard the expression “survival mode” over the past year.  It seems like every company struggling due to the recession moves into “survival mode” as if they physically relocate the entire organization to a place where thinking past next month’s numbers will get you kicked off the island.  After […]