October 6, 2011

Do You Lead, or Just Wonder Where It’s Gonna Go?

  I was facilitating a leadership workshop recently and afterwards, one of the participants came up to me and said, “I’ve been handling leadership in my business a lot like I handle my golf game.  I stand over the ball, set up for my swing, and wonder where it’s gonna go.”  He went on to […]
September 25, 2011

Are You Accountable for Your Team’s Future?

  I love college football and watch it every weekend during the season. One game in the past stood out in particular, not because of a crazy play or huge victory, instead I was struck by one of the comments from the coach. He said “I’m disappointed in myself and how we came out to play. When you […]
September 25, 2011

You’ve Never Seen this Day Before

  As I was getting on the shuttle bus to head to the rental car lot from the airport I have to admit that I didn’t pay much attention to the driver. I greeted him and asked how he was but I was more focused on my own thoughts about the client I was preparing […]
August 22, 2011

A Vision for Your Business, Or Just Blah Blah Blah?

  I was working with a client a while back, and as I facilitated a discussion with a group of middle managers, I asked several questions like: Do you know where the company wants to be in a few years? Can you tell me what success looks like for this business in the future? Can […]
August 2, 2011

The Leadership Choice

  Recently, I was catching a flight to do some culture change work with a client in Philadelphia when it seemed like everything that could go wrong, did. When I arrived at the airport the flight had been canceled and the only remaining flight for the evening was already full. I was then booked on a flight […]
July 10, 2011

When They Call You A Leader

  A close friend of mine was recently killed in a tragic accident. All of us experience sudden tragedies in our lives and somehow when the shock is added to the grief, it’s even harder to deal with. This article though is not about death or grief. Candidly, those things are not within any sort […]
May 16, 2011

Why Culture Change is Hard

  A lot of the work that I do with businesses and organizations is around culture change. Most businesses have the potential to be more successful if their environment is one that causes the people in the organization to fully commit to it’s mission. The right culture, along with the coaching and connection that happen […]
May 2, 2011

Leadership and Power

  Leadership, for many, means power – power over the actions of others, power over the direction of the business, power over conversations and decisions, power over results. As people climb the corporate ladder and gain power, they begin to use it more and more to influence the results that they want. And then one […]
April 17, 2011

Corporate Values, Writing Them is Only the First Step

  Virtually every company I have worked with has a set of values listed somewhere. So much has been written and read about corporate values that it’s unusual these days for an organization not to create that list at some point during it’s origin or as it grows. The philosophy is sound, building a set […]
April 4, 2011

The Leadership Problem

  Sometimes, the beginning of the solution is awareness. We’ve all heard the adage that the first step to solving a problem is admitting we have one. Well if there’s any truth to that, we are a long way from finding a solution to the leadership problem. I read a study conducted by Development Dimensions […]