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.

What Are You Waiting For?

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There comes a time in life when you’ve done all the thinking, study, analysis, and planning you can do. You reach a decision point. Then it happens. You freeze. You cannot go forward. You’re stuck. The question is then, what are you waiting for? What is it that holds you back, makes you balk? How […]

Change and Progress, Are They Twins?

Change for the sake of change is meaningless. However, progress toward a new goal or achievement is more vital and more valuable to your organization.

Who Lights Your Fire?

This quote from W.B. Yeats is a great reminder for those of us in leadership roles. Let me repeat it : Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. ~W.B. Yeats When we try to train our team or build a new product or service, education surrounding the details […]

The Meeting Before the Meeting

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There’s a subtle yet powerful way to make change happen. It involves doing your homework and some legwork before a big meeting. I call it the ‘meeting before the meeting.’ Larger businesses often rely upon leadership meetings or Board meetings to make big decisions. The person or teams bringing requests for approval have big challenges […]

Burn the Boats – The Toughest Leadership Command

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We all like Plan “B” options that afford us an escape when things don’t work out. In 1519, Captain Hernán Cortés landed in Veracruz to begin his great conquest. Upon arriving, he gave the order to his men to burn the ships.

To Be a Great Leader, You Must Inspect What You Expect

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Inspect what you expect. This is an old saying that I learned decades ago. What does it mean, exactly? And what does it have to do with leadership? Well… Have you been guilty of spouting a directive then letting it die a natural death? We’ve all done it at one point or another—whether accidentally or […]

Leadership 2020 and Beyond

What else is left to say about this year, 2020? Regardless of who you talk to, everyone endured something during the past 10 months. 2020 was going to be such an interesting year. It was the start of a new decade and an easy catch phrase for business planners and institutional thinkers. I can recall […]

Coaching and Mentoring – Diving Deeper

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It’s been said that leaders who radically impact their teams are themselves good coaches. Taking on the mentoring and coaching role often does not come naturally to someone in a leadership position. One technique at the center of executive coaching is the art of asking good questions and/or reframing the response the coachee gives. If […]