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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 […]
July 22, 2012

If You Want People to Change, Buy Them a Cup of Coffee

  I visited a Starbucks the other day.  It’s not something I do a lot but I was on my way to work with a client and thought I would grab a cup of coffee for my ride. I chose to use the drive through window and as I pulled up to pay for my […]
July 10, 2012

The 8 Vectors of Organizational Change

  When I was back in college and thought I was smart enough to become an engineer, I remember learning all about vectors in physics class.  A vector is an arrow that represents direction and force.  As I work with organizations to help them manage change, the same concept comes into play.  When a business […]
June 20, 2012

Leaders Must Know the Why

  The question I ask most when I’m working with leaders and managers is “why”.  Managers will say things about their employees like “they just don’t care about the results like I do” and I typically ask…why?  I don’t do it to be contentious or even because I want the answer.  The whole point of […]
June 13, 2012

What A Leadership Development Program Should Teach

  I’ve had the opportunity to build leadership development programs for many different kinds of organizations and occasionally I get asked about the most important things that a leadership development program should focus on in order to get results.  Many programs feel good to the organization, because they are doing something for their leaders, but […]
May 30, 2012

Best Buy is Reinventing Their Business, Will They Make It?

  I read a story about Best Buy in the Wall Street Journal recently and it seems that interim CEO Mike Mikan is ready to reinvent the business and make it “more relevant, more intelligent and more nimble”.  It will be interesting to watch this play out and see if they can adapt their big […]