Change the Climate Before You Try Changing the Culture

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Recently, during a weekend of watching college football, I heard a commentator describe a situation at one school’s athletic program. Though the university is a good one, the football program had been mired for years in mediocre success, often barely rising about a 500 season (win half, lose half). Two years ago a new coach […]

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.

Building the Right Leadership Foundation

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If you’ve ever watched a building project, the laying of the foundation is critical. It is the foundation that sets the long-term stability of the structure. The way the foundation is dug in, reinforced, and poured or built is so important. The same can be said for your ability to become a strong leader. The […]

Leadership, It’s in the Bag

When trying to coach leadership, there is one word picture that does so much more than all the others. That picture is golf. Those of you might ‘hate golf’ or don’t know much about it, please stay with me. The game of golf is a collection of challenges intentionally designed to test your skills. In a standard round […]

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 […]

3 Circles of Leadership

Whether you own a business or work for a larger company in a management role, there are three circles of leadership you will be juggling at all times. In a perfect world, the circles overlap right in the center, so look more like one happy circle. However, that is a rare situation. If you have […]

Maximizing Your Return on Invested TIME

Many years ago, a business coach and mentor I knew named Gerry Fusco introduced me to a phrase he invented. Return on invested time (ROIT). As business owners and leaders, we know about ROI, ROE, EBITDA, etc. But have you ever spent any waking hours measuring ROIT? We make plans, build budgets, measure KPIs, and […]

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, […]