Leaders 2023: What Holds You Back?

It’s December. People start shutting down business activities for the holidays or…. They ramp up some last-minute planning and thinking about the new year. Which one are you? If your business has matured (because you, the leader, have made the transition to owner/CEO) CONGRATULATIONS! Likely you had your new year planning started in October, finished […]

Bubble-Wrapped Leaders?

If you sit in an executive seat whether CEO, owner or manager, are YOU bubble-wrapped? What is a bubble -rapped leader?

I Don’t Know What He/She Does

There are no words that ring more sadly in our work world than when a boss is asked about an employee and says those words. I know. It happened to me once. I had just completed a 19-month assignment leading a large team of professionals through a tough assignment. We were geographically split and tasked […]

We Need to Eliminate Command and Control

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I never thought I’d say those words. Being a former commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, command and control were integral to my success. The ability to stand on the rank and position I held helped direct troop movement and engagement. Fortunately for most of those in my command, I always commanded from more of […]

6 Great Questions to Lead Your Team

Being a leader requires the ability to build rapport with your team. Those following you must have good reason to do so. Every time you have a one-on-one, you have a big opportunity to add to and build that individual rapport.

Understanding the Big Five Personality Traits

Executive Leadership Development frequently turns to various forms of personality assessment to help leaders better understand their view of the world. As we grow and mature, we ‘evolve’ into core beliefs, values, preferences, and motives. The blend of these factors makes up our ‘personality.’ With that comes the inevitable conflict of realizing what we believe […]

Leaders Lament – Who’s Got the Time ????

How often do you say to yourself “I don’t have time?” There’s one great equalizer in the world. TIME. The funny thing is, time is the one thing every human being on the face of the earth shares equally and has in common. It’s the only thing. Our cultures may be different. We speak different […]

Confessions from the Coach – August 2022

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It’s time for another “Confessions from the Coach” edition. I like to periodically recap hot topics bubbling up from my coaching experiences, discussions, and outcomes. I don’t do this to break any levels of trust and confidence with my clients, but rather as a thematic public service to my audience. What I’ll share here are […]

Let the Haters Hate, Part II

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Several years ago I wrote a post titled “Let the Haters Hate.” It was written in terms of standing in a role of leadership and having those around you who may or may not be directly reporting to you take shots at the things you say and do. If you’re going to be a leader, […]

Do You Have an Employment Contract, Really…

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In a series of recent discussions, I was reminded of the need for one of the most basic of all employment matters. The employment contract. NO, I am not talking about an actual written, legal document, although those are handy in many situations. Rather I am talking about having a very detailed discussion with every […]