March 26, 2012

Why People Don’t Do What You Say

  Sometimes, we forget how much influence leaders have.  And as leaders, we often leave much of that influence completely unused.  It’s easy to get so focused on the outcome we want, that we miss the opportunity to help someone actually make a change that’s best for the business and also for them. Are you […]
March 4, 2012

3 Things To Remember When Leading Change

  A lot of the work that I do with businesses revolves around helping them manage change.  If a business plans to be successful for longer than a month or two, change will be necessary at some point.  One of the first things I do is help them stop thinking about managing change and start […]
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 […]