Category Archives: Motivation

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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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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7 Keys To Keep Your Goals From Failing

It’s January.  A New Year. For many companies, this means the annual rite of setting performance goals is in full swing.  Sadly, some leaders are much better at setting goals than others. Over the past month, I worked with a … Continue reading

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How Envy Costs & What To Do About It

Why do kids say the darnedest things? It’s because they haven’t developed the social filters that we’re “supposed” to use. Rather than employ the more complex skills of tact and nuance, kids share what they’re really feeling and thinking: uncensored and … Continue reading

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Why Leaders Shouldn’t Go the Extra Mile

My head was in a fog. I could barely move. All I wanted to do was sleep. This wasn’t my usual week. I was in the throes of a particularly brutish cold. And still- I had stuff to get done. … Continue reading

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The Surprising Skill Successful Coaches Share

On Saturday, I got to be a guinea pig in an experiment on leadership, coaching, and motivation. I didn’t plan for this.  It just worked out that way. The laboratory? My local CrossFit gym. The experiment? A group workout, where … Continue reading

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Do You Conform More Than You Should?

The strangest thing happened to me last week. I was at BDL, also known as Bradley International Airport, just north of Hartford CT.  BDL is my home airport, and I’ve flown in and out of it hundreds of times.  On the … Continue reading

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Why Do Leaders Lack Empathy?

Last Wednesday was a sunny, crisp, beautiful Fall New England morning. That’s when it all went terribly wrong. It was already 8:10 am, and I was hurrying to get Miranda, my nine-year old daughter to school on time. Her school’s … Continue reading

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Leadership Factors That Will Make or Break the Great Debate

On Monday night, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will have their first presidential debate.  It’s expected to be the most watched debate in U.S. history. For those of us in organizational leadership roles, the debate (no matter what your political … Continue reading

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