January 30, 2011

Leadership – Examples Are Everywhere

  Sometimes real world examples of leadership help us define it better. For that reason I often use stories to illustrate effective leadership when I work with leaders and managers on how to more effectively lead their teams to accomplish more. Recently in the news, I came across two stories that clearly illustrate different perspectives […]
January 22, 2011

Don’t Just Recruit Leaders, Attract Them

  A lot of organizations I’ve worked with over the years have been concerned with finding and bringing in new leaders to help the company grow and prosper. Unfortunately, some are hesitant to address why the current and previous leaders have failed in the first place. Recruiting great leaders is certainly something that can help […]
January 11, 2011

Is Your Business Ready To Be Better?

  Will your business be different this year than it was last year, different this quarter than it was last quarter? So much of what people talk about in business these days is the pace of change but many times the problem in business is actually driving change that lasts and change that matters instead […]
January 2, 2011

This Year, Change How You Think

  It’s the time of year when most of us decide to do some things differently. There’s something powerful about a new year as we assess our lives, our business and even our relationships with others. The prospect of a new year lends itself to a fresh start and a sense that we will behave […]
October 18, 2010

The Opposing Forces of Leadership

  It seems like there are very few weeks that go by without a client making a comment to me about how hard leadership is. At some point during my work with them, there comes a moment when they understand how to make the transition from the current state to the next level of leadership […]
October 11, 2010

There’s No Such Thing as Business DNA

  I read another article the other day that referred to an “organization’s DNA”.  The context was that the organizational DNA couldn’t be changed and that if something was part of that DNA it was considered a permanent part of how the organization functioned. It seems that we as individuals and businesses are blaming more […]
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 […]
September 21, 2010

Things I Learned from John Wooden

  I recently finished reading the book They Call Me Coach by John Wooden. It had been on my list for some time and while I have read several interviews and articles with Wooden as the centerpiece, I had never read his book. When he passed away recently at the age of 99, I renewed my commitment […]
September 13, 2010

Are You Limiting Growth?

  I worked with a leader once who would make her mind up and then spend lot’s of time and other people’s effort finding and creating data that would support her decision. Virtually any piece of information that backed up her thinking was showcased, while any competing statistics were quickly dismissed by her, and anyone […]
September 8, 2010

Preparing For Leadership, It’s Time

  In a study conducted in 2009 by the Center for Creative Leadership, one of the key findings was this: Leaders are not adequately prepared for the future. Today’s leadership capacity is insufficient to meet future leadership requirements. The four most important future skills — leading people, strategic planning, inspiring commitment, and managing change — […]