Category Archives: Leadership

The Crucial Difference Between Leading Big and Leading Small

Dave is a smart guy– when it comes to most things. A Managing Director at a professional services firm, Dave knows his clients, industry, and the business inside and out.  He’s also passionate about wanting to grow the consulting skills … Continue reading

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The Painful Price to Pay for Constant Urgency

When you’re asked, “How’s your week going?”, is your gut response to say: Crazy Busy? If so, you’re not alone. Crazy Busy – constant urgency – has become the new normal. Only there’s one problem.  If everything is urgent, then … Continue reading

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The Hidden Cost That Busy-ness Puts on Business

Simon has a problem. Simon’s been in the insurance business for 25 years.  A senior leader at his company, he’s knowledgeable, caring, and well-liked by his direct reports and colleagues. Simon’s organization is rolling out their own corporate university, and … Continue reading

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The Biggest Mistake New Leaders Make

Sarah is the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Last week, she flew across the country to spend an hour meeting with eighteen of her high potential leaders.  They were all gathered together at a week-long leadership development program together. … Continue reading

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3 Reasons Leaders Should Never Fix Their People

Daniel leads a team of twenty research scientist/leaders. In preparing to work with the team at their annual leadership conference, I spoke to Joanne, one of Daniel’s direct reports.  Joanne brought me up to speed with the team, their group dynamics, … Continue reading

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Why Do We Make Poor Decisions?

This is a wooden box. Some people use them to jump up onto for exercise. I am one of those people. Two weeks ago, I was using a box quite similar to this one, when I caught my left hand … Continue reading

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The Secret Weapon Successful Leaders Share

What separates high achieving leaders from the rest? Don is the general manager (GM) of a fast food restaurant.  Year after year, he’s won GM of the year within his region of about 100 restaurants. At a conference last week, … Continue reading

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How Do You Get People Out of Their Shell?

How do you help people to perform at their best? One answer may surprise you. James had always been a “middle of the bell curve “employee. An engineer for a technology company, James had been a solid performer for 32 … Continue reading

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7 Easy Ways To Tell If Your Team Is Really A Team

Are you on a team that’s only a team in name only? If so, you’re not alone. This past week, I worked with a Executive Operating Committee (EOC) of a global pharmaceutical organization.  Twenty persons strong, EOC members had flown … Continue reading

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How Can You Find New Ways to Add Value?

On a business trip to New York City this week, I stopped in at the newly opened Whole Foods Market at Bryant Park. In case you don’t know, Bryant Park sits smack dab in the middle of midtown Manhattan.  It’s … Continue reading

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