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 […]
September 18, 2012

Three Reasons Not To Hire The Candidate You Really Like

  As I work with businesses one of the things I evaluate, while helping them achieve greater success, is their talent.  It is rare that I don’t come across at least a few instances where there is an individual who has been performing poorly for quite some time, but whose manager has not taken any […]
September 7, 2012

Fire People Like a Leader

  The hardest thing most managers ever have to do is fire an employee.  In almost every instance, we are telling a decent person that they no longer have a job.  Sure there are the occasions where someone deserves to lose a job because they have done something ethically wrong, but many times it is […]
August 27, 2012

How To Thrive Under Bad Leadership

  I get the question a lot. How can I be a successful leader if the people above me are, well, idiots?  Or worse even, what if they are egotistical, unethical jerks?  The good news is that you can still become the right leader for your team and those around you in spite of a boss handicap. […]
August 20, 2012

Versatile Leader or One Trick Pony?

  I was working with a leader not too long ago who was doing a great job leading a few members of her team, and struggling mightily with others.  She was working hard to understand why only some of her team members responded well to her, seemed motivated to do what she asked them, understood […]
August 9, 2012

Leadership – Build It Or Buy It?

  There are two ways to increase the leadership capability in a business.  Build it by developing people from within the organization into leaders who can take the business forward, or buy it by recruiting established leaders from other businesses.  Both can have advantages and drawbacks.  What is important is that you select your leadership […]
July 30, 2012

If Your Business is Fully Staffed, It’s Time to Start Recruiting

  Who is your next superstar employee?  If you can’t answer that question you probably have a recruiting mindset that says, “we recruit and hire to fill openings.”  This is the thought process most businesses have, especially most smaller businesses.  Finding great employees with a deadline looming and an overworked team clamoring for a warm […]
July 23, 2012

How to Deal With the Words "It’s Not My Job"

  One of the most telling things I hear when working with employees in an organization is “that’s not my job”. It’s one of the sentences that drives managers completely nuts and screams “I don’t care about the business, I’m just here for the paycheck”.  Often though, as managers, we train people to think that […]