Category Archives: Performance Improvement

What Really Intelligent People Need To Perform At Their Best

Jane has been recently promoted to Senior Manager at a technology firm. When I met Jane, she told me her most pressing problem: I have some really smart people on my team.  While that seems great, they’re really challenging to … Continue reading

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Is There A Downside To Being Too Nice As a Manager?

This post was published this past week by the American Management Association. You can click on the link below to read it.  Thanks! Team Leadership: Is There a Downside to Being “Nice” as a Manager?

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How Toothpaste Will Make You a Better Leader

Not long ago, toothpaste had an identity problem. If you remember, all tubes looked like this: They took up a lot of prime shelf space in the medicine cabinet. They’d only lay flat, unless you put it in a cup. … Continue reading

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3 Proven Ways to Boost Your Creativity & Productivity

Have you ever been washing the dishes and you were instantly hit with a flash of inspiration? Or maybe you were taking a shower, or going for a run, or commuting to work, or just about to fall asleep, and … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Overcome Your HATRED of Administrative Tasks

Mael is concerned.  He doesn’t want to be the latest victim of the Peter Principle:  the phenomenon where people are promoted to their own level of incompetence. An outgoing, gregarious personality, Mael is one of the most popular (and in-demand) … Continue reading

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Can You Really Hold Others Accountable?

This past Tuesday, I was on a conference call with Mindy, an HR Director for a financial services company.  I asked her what her company’s biggest leadership issues are.  Mindy said, “Our leaders don’t hold their people accountable.” Mindy’s company … 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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