February 20, 2012

Who Needs Employee Engagement Anyway?

  Employee engagement is one of the terms you hear a lot these days and I’ve certainly used those words a great deal in the work that I do.  Most everyone agrees that if you want to grow a successful business you need employees that are engaged.   It’s important, though, to ask the question why.  […]
January 25, 2012

Don’t Wait For A Breakthrough, Create One

  Success doesn’t happen in a straight line.  Neither does growth, achievement, progress, wealth, happiness, or any other of the things people often work their entire lives for.  Instead, these things often come with a series of forward steps along with a number of setbacks, challenges, and derailments.  None of the leaders who I’ve worked […]
January 18, 2012

When Laser-Like Focus Meets Bad Aim

  A few weeks ago, one of my kids started bugging me while I was trying to get some work done.  That’s not really what happened, but at the time, in my self-focused state, that was my mindset.  I was in the middle of something that I considered important, although now, I can’t seem to […]
January 11, 2012

Why Coaching in Business Doesn’t Matter

  I recently read a study concluding that business results are 21 percent higher among organizations whose senior leaders ‘very frequently’ make an effort to coach others.  The study, conducted by Berzin and Associates, also found that organizations that effectively prepare managers to coach are 130 percent more likely to realize stronger business results versus. those that […]
January 2, 2012

Future Thinking Can Change The Game

  There is a scenario that happens fairly often in my work with business leaders.  I will ask them to tell me about the past, where their business has been, what has happened recently and what their current challenges are.  They can usually talk for quite a while explaining the past and even longer as […]
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 […]