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July 2, 2014

4 Reasons Not to Coach a Business Like a Sport

  It’s a pretty common occurrence for leaders and managers to compare themselves to sports coaches.  I often hear people describe great leadership by referencing a famous football or basketball coach.  Now I’m a big sports fan and I talk about Coach John Wooden as a great example of helping people focus on reaching their […]
June 25, 2014

3 Ways to Measure Leadership Success

  I started 4th Gear Consulting back in 2009 because I thought we needed more leaders.  As I’ve worked with executives, business owners, teams and companies I continue to learn what is driving our collective lack of leaders.  As a rule, when it comes to leadership, we aren’t very good at defining it, setting expectations […]
June 18, 2014

Breaking Bad Leadership Habits

  A while back my wife mentioned that we needed a new kitchen faucet.  The one we had was about 15 years old, leaked on occasion and wasnt very easy to operate.  Three kids can wear a faucet out pretty effectively.  When we went to look at them she really liked the new touch faucets […]
June 4, 2014

4 Reasons You Need a Coach

  Whether you are a newly promoted manager or a seasoned leader, a good coach can take you from where you are today, to where you want to be tomorrow. Coaching should not be reserved for top-level executives or global leaders, it can help move anyone closer to their full potential.  Despite the many benefits […]
May 21, 2014

The Top 5 Benefits of a Committed Team

  Recently I wrote about two types of organizations- compliant and committed.  I explored the different attempts businesses make to get their company to reach new goals, achieve new limits, and exceed the targets.  I concluded that a committed team is best for the long term future and success of a business and that leaders […]
May 14, 2014

Why Good Leadership Matters in Business

  I was having a conversation recently with a business executive about why good management and leadership matters in business.  It sounds self explanatory, and no one disputes it in a general sense, but when you look at the specific impact of a great leader or manager on a team, it starts to become clear […]
April 24, 2014

It’s Time to Change the Way We Change…

  This post was originally published on Collective Matters on March 19th, 2014. There is a common theme that we see in organizations today. Change.  Change is hard.  Change is constant.  We change too much.  We change too fast.  We don’t leave time for one change to stick before we change it again…..Sound familiar? These […]
April 16, 2014

Leading Through Influence

  Organizations often find themselves on the hunt to “get better.”  The search for ways to reduce turnover, create stronger leaders, reach indicators, and increase morale feels more like a life-long journey rather than a destination for many businesses today. Some organizations start by finding existing leaders who are already doing a handful of these […]
March 26, 2014

Five Steps to Make Sure Your Team Building Is Not Wasted Time

  We get a lot of requests to do team building.  Often, after initial conversations with the client, traditional “team building” is not what we end up delivering.  At least it’s not all of what we end up delivering to help the team become stronger.  Our first step is to learn more from the team’s […]
March 19, 2014

Your Leadership Style May Just Be Bad Management

  We were working with a business not too long ago and during a discussion on how to help improve employee performance one of the managers described how he handled the review process. Based on how he described it, let’s just say I wouldn’t expect much improvement in performance based on his particular method.  When […]