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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. Take a look at my first post here to see […]
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 […]
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 […]
November 18, 2009

Stop Playing and Get Back To Work

  A good friend of mine sent me a video clip the other day that I found to be very interesting. It was an experiment conducted at a train terminal in Stockholm and in this day and age of viral information I’m sure many of you have seen it by now. The experiment was to […]
November 9, 2009

The Platform is on Fire…..Again

  I had never heard the term “burning platform” before. Apparently it got used a lot in the company I was working with though. The executive said that this new initiative was critical and so the team needed to create a “burning platform” to instill a sense of urgency in the business. I found out […]
November 2, 2009

Listen Like a Leader

  Several years ago I was working with a business leader in a new role and I was invited to attend the dinner where he would meet his new team for the first time. It was one of those three-hour meals with way too many forks and I was amazed at the way the new […]