Messages Can Be Lost by the Messenger

Messengers

Effective executive leadership requires a keen ability to communicate. Some of the best leaders rely upon story telling to convey their message. Messages take many shapes. They can be as grand as the “big idea”; the core vision for an organization. Or they can be as simple as daily instructions for small steps and easy tasks. […]

Independence Day

Overcoming a personal foe

independence day

Tomorrow is July 4th. In the U.S. we call it Independence Day. It is a good time to reflect on the real meaning of deep, personal independence. I love this picture showing the dawning of a new day. When we declare independence, there is a new day, a fresh beginning. Independence implies a freeing from […]

Are You Managing Your World or is Your World Managing You?

Simple ways to recalibrate

managing world

For everyone in leadership, you need to take a pause from time to time to make some key assessments. I like to call it recalibration. Let’s face it, the demands on your time and your life can get overwhelming. In today’s tumultuous market, we really never know from day to day what next may come.

Avoiding the Tendency to Overcompensate

Staying Centered

Managers and leaders frequently get caught over-compensating. You have an experience you don’t like. When the next situation arises that looks like the former, you choose to over-correct for past failures. It’s a common reality. Overcompensate– make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities We see this phenomenon on a personal level. […]

Leadership: Shining Light v Casting Darkness

“The beatings will continue until morale improves.” Heard that before? How often have you worked for a boss who operated that way? It’s not fun. Actually, it’s a horrible environment to suffer. Yet, work we must, and sometimes it comes out this way. Despite all of the great teachings about leadership, the effective demonstration of it […]

Tips for VP/CXO Executives Who Have Never Had to Search for a Position Before

MAY 30, 2017 / MARY ELIZABETH BRADFORD Approximately 60 percent of executives I speak with will share with me in our initial conversation that they have always been recruited for positions – and that for the first time in a very long time, they are faced with finding their next opportunity themselves. They may have […]

Making the Tough Calls

Dealing with problem employees

Leadership growth covers a lot of territory. There are so many dimensions to consider when growing and perfecting your leadership style and effectiveness. At some point you reach a conflict. What do you do about the loud rebel on your team? As much as I like to talk about servant leadership and the preferred ways it inspires […]

Memorial Day Observations

This year’s U.S. Memorial Day occurs on Monday, May 29th. Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil […]

Stuck Right Now? Here’s How to Get 3 Levels Beyond

Are you feeling stuck. It’s like walking in quicksand. You can’t make any forward progress. We’ve all been there before. This feeling is a common event in most people’s lives. As the chapters of life unfold, there are moments when everything seems to just get stuck and you start to lose the vision of the […]