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 […]
June 15, 2013

Leadership – It’s What’s For Dinner

  Sometimes when we move into leadership roles we experience a bit of selective amnesia.  We forget that when others were leading us we wanted them to listen more, help us learn and grow and be more consistent about what is most important.  Then when we get into roles of authority we talk more, have […]
March 20, 2013

Employee Engagement Doesn’t Just Happen

  It seems almost foolish, we put people in a business, tell them what to do and because we pay them to do it, we expect them to be fully engaged and committed to doing what they are told.  But that rarely happens. They usually show up engaged on the first day, but often, only a […]
February 21, 2013

How To Survive Corporate Politics and Other Dangers at Company Headquarters

  I have a friend who was recently promoted to the corporate office, and in her new role she is getting her first taste of the politics and “career management” culture that can sometimes be present in that type of environment.  People can appear to be constantly on stage, and to newcomers it can seem […]
December 4, 2012

The Art of Letting Go

  Over the years I have had the great fortune to work with many successful leaders; people who have helped their teams accomplish more and helped individuals make productive, lasting and meaningful changes in their lives.  One trait that every one of those leaders had in common was the art of letting go.  They were […]
November 27, 2012

Do You Value Seniority More Than Performance? Don’t Fall Into The Tenure Trap

  I stopped by a coffee shop recently and while I was waiting for my cup of coffee I couldn’t help but overhear a conversation that was happening at one of the small tables near me.  One of the men there was complaining rather loudly about how someone else on his team had just gotten […]