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 […]
August 15, 2010

Management vs. Leadership….Or Is It?

  It’s hard to work in the area of developing leaders without addressing the issue of management versus leadership. Much debate has been had about what each of these words means in the business world and which one is more important. Recently, I’ve even heard a lot of discussion about the issue of individuals leading […]
July 28, 2010

Are Your People Telling You to Keep the Change?

  Often, when organizations are trying to make change happen, it comes down to a couple of levers that they need to pull to start the motion. It might be organizational structure, or process, or communication. Almost always, it’s a combination of things that need to be addressed in order to cause change to happen. […]
July 12, 2010

Don’t Just Build a Career, Create Potential

  I’ve worked with a lot of folks lately who have had a change in careers or are looking for a new one and one thing keeps becoming clearer to me as I have conversations with these folks. It’s not about the ground gained, it’s about the potential created. So many people who were focused […]
June 28, 2010

Leadership Lessons From a Five Year Old

  I recently wrote an article about how leaders focus on things a little differently than others and that it’s not that they engage in different activities, as much as it is how they engage. Leaders tend to think differently about their daily activities and focus on a different outcome, so they get exactly that. […]
June 10, 2010

Are We Investing Our Time, Or Spinning Our Wheels?

  One of the most common questions I get when I am working with leaders who are trying to make a shift in how they lead themselves and others, goes something like this: “How am I supposed to do all of this other leadership and people stuff when it takes all of my time just […]
May 24, 2010

Hire Great Leaders, While Avoiding the Wrecks

  On last week’s post about bringing leaders on-board in your business more effectively, I received a question about how to hire the right leaders in the first place. I have a few clients that I am working with to solve that issue as well, so it leads us to this week’s post on how to hire […]
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 […]
April 27, 2010

Operation to Oversight, Leading Through the Change

  I met a business leader recently who was telling me about the challenges he was having with getting people in his organization to step up and take responsibility. He felt like he was ready to turn more of his operation over to others in the company so he could stop working 70 or 80 […]