10 Rules for High-Performing Teams

Work Team

Being a successful leader implies success within the team you influence. While a leader’s impact on specific individuals is easier to measure, team dynamics create exponential challenges for leaders. Success in today’s work world is more about team than individual performance. A team is more than just a group of workers, located together, doing their […]

Entrepreneurs: Your Business Has Two Black Holes

Finding your edge in marketing and customer service

Entrepreneurs have to deal with every facet of their business. Running a successful business has many challenges. To be successful, you have to avoid certain things. Marketing and Customer Service are two “black holes” of business. Both are critical, but neither is ever complete. Unlike more tangible areas of your business there is no “quota” […]

Where Do the Other Guys Go?

Where do the Other Guys go?

Have you ever been to a leadership conference where everyone in the room tries to give you the impression they already know the answers? You spend the day or two making small talk, perhaps exploring some “new ideas”, yet there is an overwhelming sense that all the people there have already climbed the mountain. If […]

F-5 Framework for Leadership

Purple Unicorn courtesy BigThumbnail

Ever seen any purple unicorns? Pretty rare sightings, right? When we talk about leadership, often it seems like we are talking about something as vague and unique as purple unicorns. Leadership is in the eye of the beholder. Leadership is something you are born with. Leadership is a skill that can be taught. Leadership is […]

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 […]