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 […]
March 27, 2011

Leadership At Home Matters Too

  Sometimes the work that I get to do can be the most satisfying job imaginable. Just this week I had an employee at one of the businesses I’m working with share with me that she is not only a better leader at work, but she feels like she is a better leader at home […]
March 14, 2011

Great Leaders Have Great Habits

  Some of the best leaders I have met during the course of my work are brilliant people, most aren’t. Some of them possess an almost supernatural ability to connect or inspire, most don’t. What often set them apart from the leaders who could have been great and weren’t, was their choice of habits. Great […]
February 27, 2011

Signs You’re a Bad Boss

  I read an article recently in the Wall Street Journal titled Five Signs You’re a Bad Boss, which listed some of the signals that your people really just aren’t that into you as a leader. The article started me thinking about all of the subtle signs that managers could pay attention to, but don’t, for […]
February 20, 2011

Leaders Change Perspective, That Changes Everything

  There’s a group of leaders that I’m working with for one of my clients and recently one of them pulled me aside and said “I want to thank you for changing who I am.” While hearing a statement like that is one of the most satisfying things I can experience in my line of […]
February 7, 2011

Leaders Create Moments That Matter

  Life really isn’t about time as much as it is about moments. If you think back on your day or your week or your last 20 years what you remember are individual moments that, for one reason or another, were more important to you. One of the skills that many of the best leaders […]