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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 […]
March 12, 2014

Leadership is Seasonless, But Spring Training Couldn’t Hurt

  My 9 year old son started a new season of baseball recently and like every year, the coach spent the first several practices focused only on fundamentals.  He went back over all of the basics of fielding, hitting, and throwing so that the kids could break down the mechanics of those skills and practice […]
March 4, 2014

Are Your Leaders Ready for Heavy Lifting? 5 Steps to a Stronger Bench

  We have all likely heard the term “bench-strength” and convinced ourselves that collecting a group of talented people who have potential to be the next big thing in leadership and management somehow makes us sleep better at night.  We feel at ease knowing that if anyone on our team leaves or gets promoted into […]
February 27, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Great Leaders Have Great Habits

  You’ve just been promoted. You are now officially a leader…at least that’s what they tell you. You’ve dreamed of leadership for a long time and now you have the chance to prove yourself. Most of those doubts you had about being a leader have gotten lost in the excitement of the new opportunity. You […]
February 20, 2014

4 Key Ways to Become an Inspired and Engaged Employee

  Chances are you have seen and heard the vast amount of reports and research indicating that employee engagement is a critical component of retention, productivity, and the overall success of a company. As such, supervisors, managers, and CEO’s have been focused on ways to understand what employee engagement is and how to increase it […]
February 18, 2014

Commitment: Carrots and Sticks Not Required

  So it happens three weeks in a row. You tell your team to submit their weekly report to you by Friday at 5pm and it doesn’t happen.  So, you tell them each again, send an email with the due date, set up automatic calendar reminders, and even go so far as to offer a […]