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 […]
November 21, 2012

3 Ways Managers Kill Engagement and Crush Motivation

  Very few managers show up each morning at work thinking: “today I’m going to cause my team to disengage and demotivate them any way I can.”  And yet, many managers spend a great deal of their time doing exactly that.  It may not be their intention but if you observe them, talk to their […]
November 8, 2012

Are You a Better Leader Than a Second Grader?

  Recently, I attended a parent teacher conference for my son, currently a second grader, and the teacher shared with me a new system they are using to evaluate the growth and performance of the kids.  As I glanced over the evaluation form it struck me that things don’t change all that much from second […]
October 9, 2012

Leadership Isn’t About You

  I was working with a business leader recently who asked me the question, “why won’t my people do what I want”?  The answer is relatively simple: because people do what they want.  If what they want and what you want is in conflict, guess who loses every time?  The challenge of leadership is to […]