Tag Archives | Performance

Clear sailing to reach your goals . . .

90% of Success is Consistent Execution Think of your goals as the destination –  which is over the horizon and out of your direct line of vision. Think of your action plan as the map you use to continuously ‘tack’ and course-correct to reach your destination. You wouldn’t think of embarking on a journey into […]

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 […]

Invest more money to lose better people?

Few leaders would agree that this is sound business strategy. And yet it happens often, even in sophisticated organizations with significant resources. One example: In the midst of working on talent acquisition strategy with a leading bank, an urgent need arose to trouble-shoot recruiting and retention for the role of personal banker in hundreds of […]

Judging behavior… or judging motives?

The word ‘judge’ carries much unfair baggage. We revere good ‘judgment’ which is an essential leadership quality – while we recoil at the word judge. Those who are deficient in the ability to judge are likely to make decisions based on emotions and assumptions, ignore facts and do inadequate due diligence. They may believe their […]

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 […]

Performance Feedback – or a Root Canal?

What’s the difference between performance feedback and a root canal? Answer: Anesthesia! Why would so many leaders rather have a root canal than provide performance feedback? Why do feedback recipients often experience the feedback process as a meaningless exercise, and report that that they rarely if ever get any helpful feedback that contributes to their […]