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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 […]
February 13, 2014

Three Leadership Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

  Are your perceptions as a manager causing your team to fall short?  Mine did, and recognizing that my own perceptions were hindering my ability to lead my team to success was one of the biggest wake up calls I’ve had as a leader. We all have a set of perceptions that guide how we interpret and […]
February 11, 2014

Teenagers Teaching Us About Responsibility.. Yes, Really

  Ever have one of those moments when you just stop and stare at your kids and time kind of freezes for you? You get to watch them and for some reason, you are fully aware of how they are growing and changing. You watch them learning and making their own choices and the stark […]
February 6, 2014

Building Leadership Capability

  Leadership is like magic. It’s reserved for the legendary few who are gifted with the secrets of being able to inspire others and stir something in them that mystically changes those people forever.  Simply being in the presence of one of these gifted leaders can profoundly affect anyone lucky enough to be in the […]
February 4, 2014

Leadership Begins with a Choice

  Years ago I was conducting a training program for managers that was focused on helping them lead their teams more effectively.  We spent part of the workshop helping them create a process for understanding the goals of their team members and how important it was to align those personal goals with the job goals. […]
January 27, 2014

Developing Leaders: A Process That Works

  I was working with a business leader recently when I asked him what his process was for developing leaders in his business.  That question was followed by some crickets and then, well,  more crickets loosely disguised as an answer. It’s ironic that we have a process for so many things that mean much less […]