bitter or better

When You Lose, Are You Bitter or Better?

Here’s the scenario: life throws you a curve ball. Things don’t go your way. You suffer an embarrassing moment in front of colleagues, your spouse or your kids. You lose the deal, the game, the promotion, or the moment. The other guy wins. You failed. What are your responses? Yes, […]

lonely island

Leaders: Feeling Isolated? Maybe You Dug the Moat

When I hear executives or entrepreneurs say they feel isolated, like standing on an island, I often ask how did you get there? Sometimes you may be the one who dug the moat providing the divide between you and everyone else. A Story I know a very successful executive who […]

people skills

One Hurdle Some Leaders Can’t Overcome

Cracking the code on effective leadership includes a wide range of attributes and considerations. With all the combinations of factors making a great leader, there is one set of personality traits that I find the most challenging for some clients to adjust. You seldom hear the words “introvert” and “leader” […]

managing up the organization

Leaders: Looking for Advice? Where Do You Go?

Leaders are looking for advice. Business people often need it. New challenges and ever-changing priorities leave us looking for fresh ideas. Businesses operate at such a fast pace that owners and leaders are looking for advice wherever it is available. More often than not, you may reach toward the wrong […]

leadership

Who’s Going to Lead Them?

Better than anticipated results have recently been reported for the US job market.  According to a recent Houston Chronicle article, “Employers added 223,000 jobs last month, more than economists expected and an uptick from April’s hiring rate of 159,000.”  The US Department of Labor released more data. [perfectpullquote align=”right” bordertop=”false” […]

iceberg

How Does EQ Impact the Bottom Line?

The CEO was fed up. If she got one more complaint about the VP of Operations she was going to fire him.  It was obvious when he was in a bad mood because he yelled at his people and slammed doors.  The team was easily upset and often distracted which […]

grace

Here’s the One Topic Always Missing from Everyone’s Top 10 Leadership Lists

Are you curious when you read a headline about leadership “Top 10”? I know I am.  There are certainly some great thoughts that get covered in the popular lists of success factors attributed to great leadership. Goodness knows we need good leadership. Yet there is one topic that seldom gets […]

Leadership Retreat and Reflection

Today is something a bit different. Instead of my usual message, I am providing you with a collection of leadership quotes and quips sent to me by readers. Please ponder these thoughts. Some are from great leaders you may know about and admire. Others are from unusual sources; places I […]

The squeeze

Decisions: The Juice Isn’t Worth the Squeeze

Making things happen takes effort. Leaders know that sometimes all the best effort gets wasted on outcomes that fall short of expectations. You face leadership decisions throughout your day. How do you make the effort worthwhile? Consistently making the best of your own effort and that of your team is […]

Employee Performance Review

Is Your HR Department Lying to You?

It might seem silly to even suggest this. Human Resources is supposed to be the very definition of ethical behavior; creators of the fairness and equity policies, modelers of proper corporate standards.   Yet when it comes to employee performance review, there is a lot of slanted truth. In my 30 […]