Tag Archives | leadership

Courage is to trust as trust is to _______?

“A team is not a group of people who work together. A team is a group of people who trust each other.” – Simon Sinek

Adrift in a tsunami of meetings?

  In the U.S., meetings waste an estimated $37 billion dollars of productivity annually. [A healthy percentage of whatever’s left is spent on initiatives to ‘engage’ employees….many of whom may have become disengaged by a tsunami of meetings with no distinct purpose and few measurable outcomes.] In a recent Forbes survey, 85% of senior executives […]

Blind Spot: the wall between you and the authentic leader you aspire to be

  The blind spot wall – you can’t see through it or around it until something- too often a failure or career ‘train wreck’- punches a hole in it. That something is likely to cause pain, confusion, and often anger. Many leaders with blind spots avoid this at great cost, and deny or shift the […]

Leaders are emotionally contagious

A leader’s power over the emotional climate of a team – especially in group meetings – is often underestimated. Everyone pays attention to the leader for subtle cues. If you’ve ever experienced someone anxiously asking “what’s wrong?” when you were simply deep in thought about something that had nothing to do with the person or […]

Introducing: Executive Coaching Readiness Assessment

  You’re invited to be one of the first to try our new Executive Coaching Readiness Assessment – developed in response to questions about how to objectively evaluate the probability of a positive result and return-on-investment in individual coaching and development. It’s succinct – just 11 multiple choice questions, so you can complete it in minutes. […]

Leadership Skill Shortage: Straight-Talk

There’s a definite shortage of the kind of leadership straight-talk that builds trust, engagement and confidence – all essential to high-performing organizations. The best leaders know how to engage in meaningful and actionable dialogue about both successes and improvement opportunities – while preserving and enhancing relationships. Despite the common belief that people are either ‘natural’ […]

What if Your Arrogant, Angry Boss or Colleague Really Isn’t? . . . and Why Should You Care?

Stories about executives whose rage routinely ‘sets people’s hair on fire’ are common in most organizations. Based on years of leadership coaching, most executives who were referred because of disruptive behaviors had in common a combination of personality traits and ‘hot buttons’ that result in behaviors that range from aggressive fury to dismissive disinterest. The […]

The Innovator – Implementer Communication Gap

Engaging entrepreneurial[i] innovators in a discussion about creative personality characteristics is fascinating and high-energy.  This is in part because at their extreme, those characteristics can be confounding to the people in their lives who are not similarly ‘wired’…frequently leading to mystified colleagues and implementation failures. Colleagues often don’t ‘get’ the innovator, and in extreme cases, […]

Abundance or Scarcity – Enough for All or Not Enough for Me?

How fulfilled you are in all aspects of your work and life may depend on which ‘camp’ you live in: Abundance or Scarcity. When you cut through the political labels, stereotypes and assumptions, most people are divided into two distinct camps: those who subscribe to the abundance theory, and those who subscribe to the scarcity […]