March 29, 2010

Your Business Plan is Only as Good as Your Personal Plan

  I’ve had the good fortune throughout my career to work with some incredible leaders. But for every great leader I’ve been around there were dozens of individuals who could have been great leaders and never were. I’ve known many people who have had the skills, the knowledge and the experience to lead people effectively […]
March 14, 2010

When You Lead, People Notice

  I had an opportunity to speak to business owners from across the country recently at their annual convention. Prior to my keynote address they gave out several awards to members of their group. There was one individual who, it seemed, hardly had time to sit down before she was called back to the stage […]
March 8, 2010

Help, I’ve Fallen and I Can’t…..Nevermind

  One of the attributes I have noticed in nearly every great leader that I’ve worked with is that they know how to get back up after they fall. I don’t think they fall any less than the rest of us, or any less hard. But they don’t lay there very long. I actually believe […]
March 1, 2010

Questions That Change the Game

  One of the most basic questions leaders often ask is how do I get the people in the organization to do what the organization needs them to. I was working with the president of a multi-billion dollar business when he said, “my biggest problem is that I know exactly what the people in this […]
February 21, 2010

Speed, In the Right Direction

  Although I haven’t been able to watch as much as I would like, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed seeing some of the Winter Olympic Games this time around. I enjoy watching the competition but I also like learning about how some of these incredible athletes got to the top of their sport and the level of […]
February 14, 2010

Leadership Lessons From Space

  Typically when I start coaching a new client, I spend our first meeting doing a lot of listening. It doesn’t take long to figure outwhere the opportunities are to help someone if you just let them talk for a while. A while back I was coaching an executive and he spent a great deal […]
January 25, 2010

Employee Satisfaction – It’s Not Rocket Science, Part II

  In my last post I talked about the research done recently indicating that employee satisfaction across the country has tumbled to an all time low of 45%. I listed one key to creating organizational satisfaction and in this post I’d like to touch on two more. Here’s two more reasons that organizations don’t often […]
January 18, 2010

It’s Not Rocket Science, Unless It Is

  I was reading some research done recently by the conference board that said employee satisfaction across the country had dropped to an all time low of 45%. If it’s anywhere near accurate, it means that for the first time since we started measuring it, over half of us are unhappy in our jobs. The […]
January 11, 2010

Resolutions Really Can Make it Past January

It’s that time of year when so many of us are in the midst of trying to keep the New Year’s resolutions we made. Most of the nearly half of Americans who make them have already broken those promises to themselves. And if you believe the research, those of us who have managed to keep […]
December 7, 2009

If You Build it They….Probably Won’t Come

  I’ve worked with a lot of companies that focus on changing their processes to improve efficiency and improve execution. It’s amazing how much simplifying a process or removing a hurdle can help people do their jobs more effectively and improve profitability. Unfortunately, many organizations also try to use process to change human behavior. That […]