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April 24, 2015

Who Says You Can’t Measure Leadership?

  I often work with companies who want to measure the effectiveness of their leaders but don’t have a plan that they are confident in for how to do that. Too often we resort to downstream results, such as sales numbers, as our only way of determining if our people are good leaders or not. […]
February 17, 2015

Leaders Win or Learn Every Day

  A friend of mine once said to me “every day we win or learn.”  It sounded witty then, but over time I’ve come to understand that thinking like that gives you permission to fail and learn on a daily basis.  Great leaders know that they can’t just fix someone with a single conversation, or […]
February 5, 2015

How to Create a Leadership Development Plan for Yourself

  I have the privilege of working with many people who want to be better leaders.  It’s one of the most fulfilling parts of my job.  I also get to observe some of the key differences between those who simply want to be better leaders and those who make steady, consistent progress towards accomplishing that […]
January 14, 2015

Three Ways to Become More Successful this Year

  We’ve all seen the statistics on New Year’s Resolutions. About 45 percent of people make some kind of promise to themselves for how they will do things differently in the coming year. About eight percent of people consider themselves successful at keeping their resolutions beyond a few months. The good news is that close to […]
October 16, 2014

3 Questions That Will Tell You If You Are Leading Others

  I get to work with a lot of good leaders, senior executives and rising business superstars.  These emerging and accomplished leaders have a few things in common that separate them from the others.  One of these things is their definition of leadership. Leadership is one of those words that we think can be defined in […]
September 17, 2014

Creating a Culture of Client Service

  If you are like me, you go through the day interacting with many people and very rarely stop to evaluate those interactions.  In any given week, I might visit ten or more businesses as a customer or client.  From getting gas, to buying lunch, dropping my child off at daycare, a doctor visit, or […]
September 11, 2014

5 Ways Questions Can Make You a Stronger Leader

  As I work with leaders to support them in their development I find myself discussing the importance of good questions a lot. When we get right down to the tactical changes that leaders need to make to be more effective, increase the capability on their team or change the culture of their organization, asking […]
August 28, 2014

The Art of Transparency

  As leaders, it is critical that we are able to engage with our teams, be seen as trustworthy, and position ourselves to lead with influence.  One way to accomplish this is to increase the level of transparency throughout the organization.  In fact, a recent survey indicates job seekers value transparency in a company more […]
August 20, 2014

Blog Roundup: Culture Change

  Change is necessary, inevitable, and not always easy. As an individual, managing our own change is challenge enough, but as a leader, managing change throughout an organization filled with various teams, departments, and employees takes additional capabilities. Planning for it, following a process that works, and committing ourselves to the change can make all […]
August 14, 2014

Trust and Leadership

  There have been scores of books, blogs, and articles written on the importance of trust in leadership. Most experts, authors, gurus and thinkers agree that without trust you cannot lead. You may be able to herd,or coerce, or corral, or even intimidate, but you cannot lead. And while leaders everywhere would probably agree that […]