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 — […]
August 31, 2010

What’s Your Definition of Success?

  Last night, as I was telling the kids goodnight, I noticed that the movie Tin Cup was on television. I’m not a huge movie buff but that’s one of the classics in my opinion. I happen to walk through the room just at the beginning of the scene where Roy McAvoy, with a chance to win […]
August 29, 2010

Builder or Conqueror, Which Kind of Leader Are You?

  Why does your business exist? No matter what kind of organization you are leading, whether you are an executive in a huge corporation or a solo entrepreneur, you have a concept of what your business is about. How you think about that question will greatly determine what your business looks like a year from […]
August 25, 2010

Culture Change, It Could Happen

  Watching culture change happen within a business is something that makes a lasting impression. There are many organizations that don’t understand why culture is so important and many more that want to change it but don’t know how. I’ve even read articles like this one, that suggest it may not even be possible. Culture change, to […]
August 23, 2010

Effective Leadership Means Stopping The Drama

  I was working with a leader recently who wanted the people on her team to treat their relationship differently. Because she was approachable, compassionate and empathetic to her team, they began to share every trouble, woe and bit of drama in their lives with her, often when there were pressing business issues that needed […]
August 19, 2010

Leadership Development… Are You Investing, Or Just Spending?

  Most of the companies I work with dedicate some percentage of their revenue toward developing the leaders in their business. One of the discussions we often have up front is the difference between spending money to train leaders and investing to grow them. I spend money on a nice dinner; I invest in my […]