Leadership Playlist Built by Experience

Great Play List

I like a good play list as much as the next guy. Tunes I pay attention to are ones that have grown in my heart and mind over the years. Artists who hit a particular chord with me stay on my list a long time. I don’t shuffle all that often. However, I am open […]

Making Things Bigger Than They Really Are

Chicken Little courtesy Disney Corp

Do you sometimes make things bigger than they really are? Managers and leaders need to be on watch for overstating what is going on. More importantly, they need to throttle their internal reaction to the things around them. The great social activist Chicken Little was quoted as saying “The sky is falling” when he had […]

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 […]

Managing “Up” the Organization

Toxic people at work

Managing up the organization is a great catch phrase. It gives comfort to those who feel their boss is less than a good one. I’ve seldom heard this concept used in relation to having a good boss. Working for a good boss, you merely do your job. You hope your effort is rewarded appropriately (which […]

The Ultimate In Leadership Is Coaching Your Team

Learning Styles Debunked

The best leaders are coaches for their followers. Leaders who have amassed big followings impact their people by providing inspiration through coaching. Yes, there is the charismatic leader who mobilizes huge crowds, but the leaders who really make a difference are those who coach their followers to great achievement. They invest time and energy in […]

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 […]

Workforce Planning 101; Measuring Your Talent Pool

Talent Assessment

As a leader, finding and motivating great talent is a challenge. If you already have a team performing at a high level, how do you sustain that as people move around? Is there a secret sauce you’ve found for selecting your team? What if you could map both a personality and a behavior mindset pattern […]