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” […]

How to Be a Good Coaching Client

Executive coaching is growing in popularity. Former stigmas associated with having a coach are evaporating. There once was a time when Boards only hired coaches to “fix” someone. Now, very successful executives are hiring coaches to grow even further than before. Companies are embracing coaching as ways to leverage their […]

New leadership

Leaders: There’s a New Way to Understand Change

At a recent luncheon, I was involved in a discussion that I find becoming more common. The topic was this: Change Management is old news. The argument says the way we once understood change management has been overcome by several new and more complex drivers in business. Here are some […]

Are We Being Big Data Stupid?

The biggest buzzword in Human Resources these days seems to be “Big Data”—the idea that we can now gather so much complex information about our workforce processes and can churn that data into a meaningful analysis that will help us better manage our business. Like our federal government, however, we […]

Business leader

Suit Up, Show Up, and Shut Up

Suit Up, Show Up, and Shut Up – Three wise words shared with Mothers of the Groom for wedding planning and etiquette. A friend whose son was getting married recently shared this with me. I had heard it before but had forgotten the teaching. It sounds cruel but it has merit in the situation. […]

Happy 4th

We’re taking a break to enjoy the holiday with family and friends. May you and yours be blessed with the freedoms we have. Time to put aside petty differences. Make a difference right where you are.

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 […]

Who’s the Brightest Bulb?

This is a question I’ve heard asked far too many times in a boardroom or around the table when trying to select new managers. It comes from the full phrase “He/she may be the brightest bulb in the string (string of lights)”. It runs in the same vein as “Sharpest […]

elevating team performance

Management and Leadership: Actor or Expert?

  If you are in a position of management at your place of employment, you have choices to make every day. If you are relatively new to the position, whether due to sudden promotion or career advancement, you likely feel a sense of being overwhelmed. As you get your feet […]

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” […]