Is Your Project a Self-Eating Watermelon?

self-eaten watermelon

What is a self-eating watermelon? Definition : A project that contains enough seeds of success right within its own boundaries. How many of you work for or in a self-eating watermelon project or organization? I doubt many would say yes. You see I hear a lot of excuses why a project fails. Outside influences get […]

Leaders: Do You Have a YES Face?

Yes face picture

Executive leaders need to think about their face when they make announcements, hold discussions, and conduct meetings. The look you have says much more than the words you speak.

Being an Authentic Leader Does Not Always Come Naturally

Authentic leadership

One of the highest valued attributes of great leaders is their authenticity. Being authentic does not always come naturally. The good news is, you can develop a more authentic leadership style. On one hand, being authentic requires having a sense of “true north.” True North Ask a room full of people to close their eyes […]

Managers Being a Friend at Work or Just Friendly?

Friends at work

Anyone who has ever become a supervisor or manager knows the strain of drawing fine lines around relationships at work. Some companies have very explicit fraternization policies. Others are far more relaxed. The size of the company can also dictate the level of relationships people are permitted to have. On one hand, smaller, more entrepreneurial […]

Leadership: It’s in the Bag, Part II

When coaching an executive or business owner about leadership, there is a word picture that tells so much more than all the other metaphors. That word 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 […]

Living in the Meantime

There are times when nothing particularly big is happening. You’re in between assignments, projects, or deadlines. You have work to do and places to be, but the sense of purpose goes on autopilot. The time between one occurrence and another; an interval is the meantime. Should that bother you? I say not necessarily unless it lingers too long. I call this “living in the […]

The Surf is Up Before the Tsunami v2.0

success

  There is an old Beach Boys song with this lyric. “The surf is up before the tsunami.” It makes me think of a phenomenon I have seen time and again in business. After almost 20 years in commercial banking, I saw a lot of highs and lows with my business customers. Companies on a […]

Leaders: There’s a New Way to Understand Change

New leadership

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 of the reasons old-style change […]