December 19, 2011

Leadership – It’s Worth The Effort

  I spent a good part of a recent weekend crawling around under my house.  I was finally getting around to running the speaker wire for a surround sound system that, candidly, I had been putting off for several years.  Now for me that meant about 8 hours of lying on my back or crawling […]
November 7, 2011

How to Create More Engaged Employees in 3 Not-So-Easy Steps

  When I work with clients, one of the things that they are always looking for more of is employee engagement.  For many, it is the holy grail of productivity, innovation, and efficiency.  When people are engaged at all levels of the business, problems get solved faster, accountability is rampant, and senior business leaders can […]
October 24, 2011

Are We Leaders or Just Delivery People?

  I have worked with many people in management roles who use the phrase “I told them” when describing their interactions with their team.  Some managers believe that as long as they tell their people what to do or how to act they have fulfilled their obligation as a leader. Nothing could be further from […]
October 17, 2011

Do Something, Even if its Wrong

  Every now and then I like to take a quote that I come across and look at what it really means in our lives, our businesses, and our quest to be more effective leaders.  Quotes can be valuable tools for us as we work to think about things differently or see them from a […]
October 10, 2011

As a Leader, Are You Flying Blind?

  I recently read a study done by the Corporate Executive Board that found “nearly half of executive teams lack information they need to manage effectively because employees withhold vital input out of fear the information will reflect poorly on them.”  The study went on to state that only 19% of companies always received the information they […]
October 6, 2011

Do You Lead, or Just Wonder Where It’s Gonna Go?

  I was facilitating a leadership workshop recently and afterwards, one of the participants came up to me and said, “I’ve been handling leadership in my business a lot like I handle my golf game.  I stand over the ball, set up for my swing, and wonder where it’s gonna go.”  He went on to […]
September 25, 2011

Are You Accountable for Your Team’s Future?

  I love college football and watch it every weekend during the season. One game in the past stood out in particular, not because of a crazy play or huge victory, instead I was struck by one of the comments from the coach. He said “I’m disappointed in myself and how we came out to play. When you […]
September 25, 2011

You’ve Never Seen this Day Before

  As I was getting on the shuttle bus to head to the rental car lot from the airport I have to admit that I didn’t pay much attention to the driver. I greeted him and asked how he was but I was more focused on my own thoughts about the client I was preparing […]
August 22, 2011

A Vision for Your Business, Or Just Blah Blah Blah?

  I was working with a client a while back, and as I facilitated a discussion with a group of middle managers, I asked several questions like: Do you know where the company wants to be in a few years? Can you tell me what success looks like for this business in the future? Can […]
August 2, 2011

The Leadership Choice

  Recently, I was catching a flight to do some culture change work with a client in Philadelphia when it seemed like everything that could go wrong, did. When I arrived at the airport the flight had been canceled and the only remaining flight for the evening was already full. I was then booked on a flight […]