Building Trust – Why It Matters

Team Trust

In any relationship, trust is a key element. Without it, things don’t last very long. With trust you can withstand most anything. Managers at every level of an organization must seek first to build a foundation of trust within their circle of influence. The world is craving a new story about leadership and business, one […]

Convicted, Conflicted, or Confused

Convicted-conflicted-confused

A leader can easily find themselves in three states of mind; convicted, conflicted, or confused. Your situation may shift between the three. Each new day brings new tests and tough decisions that have to be made. In which state of mind do you usually operate? Convicted In this context, when I use the word convicted, I am […]

5 Reasons Why Bad Bosses Suck So Bad

Bad bosses suck!

Face it, we all know or have had bad bosses. It seems to be a given in the business world. It’s been true for decades. With all the intelligence, studies, coaching, schools, and programs, why do some bosses still suck? I’m going to offer 5 reasons. Promotion –  Sadly, getting promoted can be the worst […]

The Margins in Life

Life Margin - Changing Lives

Do you think about margins in life like a business thinks about profit margins? For business, the different between its total/gross revenue (income) and its expenses is its margin. Without margin, you can never grow. Clearly a negative margin means you are going backwards, headed to bankruptcy or liquidation. Life follows a similar paradigm. While […]

Mastering Delegation of Authority

Delegation

Learning how to delegate authority is a challenge all leaders share. Do you do it well? This is a common question. Delegation can be a delicate and scary moment for managers who are not comfortable with that dynamic. The scope for delegation changes as you move up the organization. Leadership that wins influence must know […]

Career Moves: What’s So Special About Me?

Answer: Everything

I Am Special

Professionals in all walks of life often struggle with one key element. When asked about their strengths, they sometimes stumble through the answer. From all of my coaching experience, I find that most people have a hard time accurately describing their greatest accomplishments and their core strengths. It seems that social standards keep us from […]

Super Bowl Goes Business School

This year’s 51st installment of the NFL Super Bowl (American football) was a spectacular case study of principles you should/could learn in the best business schools. Please indulge me this moment to explore what I mean. I accept that there are some of you out there who hate sports analogies. To those, my apologies, but […]

Four Responsibilities A CEO Cannot Delegate (and why)

CEO Duties

Here is a guest post from friend and HeadwayExec colleague Keith Okano. You can read more of Keith’s work on his blog at ClosingStrong.com One of the most common tasks I have is to help a CEO in writing their own job description. Since they work in a variety of industries and possess diverse talents […]

Right, Wrong, and Different

Problem resolution is a big deal at work, at home, and in your community. Usually there are two sides to whatever argument you may find; the proverbial “two sides to every coin”. The problem with problem solving is that someone always thinks their side is the “right” answer, while the other side is “wrong”. One […]