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 […]
October 18, 2009

Are You Ready To Lead?

  I use quotes sometimes when I conduct workshops, give keynote presentations and even when I’m coaching leaders one on one. They are often a great way to create a change in perspective very quickly. They allow us to, for an instant, see the world through the lens of another person. That helps us evaluate […]
October 11, 2009

Culture is Local

  I was speaking to a group of public relations executives recently and one of the questions that I received following my presentation was “how do I create the culture that will drive success in my local office when the company culture is different?” I think I gave a long rambling answer of some sort […]
September 21, 2009

I Hate My Job, Now How Can I Help You?

  I was talking to a friend recently who was at the top of a pretty big company for several years. He was running a business that was bringing in nearly a billion dollars in revenue annually and there were only a few layers between him and the CEO. He had a great paycheck, tons […]
September 7, 2009

Becoming a Better Coach – The Journey Happens at Their Pace

  This is part five of a five part series on becoming a better coach. Each article explores a different element of what it takes to help others accomplish more than they thought they could and become the kind of coach that can consistently build high performing teams and an unstoppable organization. You can start […]