The Great Leadership Debate: Nature vs Nurture

Visit the best business schools on the planet and you are likely to hear a robust debate about the virtues of leadership. The central question is whether great leaders are born or bred; nature versus nurture. One theory argues that true leadership is an inborn trait that few possess. The other popular and prevailing thought […]

Building Team Trust When Some Don’t Trust Anyone

Dan was recognized as a strong and effective leader. He had earned the respect from the CEO and other senior leaders at his company. In his newest assignment, he had been working hard to establish the framework of trust that he knew would be vital to the team’s success. From the very first day as […]

Leaders Must Impact the Networks Around Them

Spend any time at a particular company and you will find yourself part of an informal network. This network is above and beyond the boxes on the org chart.
Your ability to build and effectively manage the networks around you might just be the single biggest advantage you might have as a leader.

Living and Leaving a Legacy

At some point in everyone’s life, three questions haunt your thinking. Who am I? Why am I here? And where am I going? Perhaps you’ve visited these questions more than once, stopping at various stages; the ones we think of as defining moments. Events like getting married, having children, changing jobs, buying a new house, […]

Leaders – Where Are Your People?

Maslow helps us understand. This question is not a literal one. You see your people daily. Rather it is a figurative idea. If you manage and lead any part of a business, you likely have a team surrounding you. Regardless of them being co-workers, direct reports, peers, or superiors, they are fellow human beings. They […]

15 Ways You Sabotage Trust at Work

Before you spend a lot of time trying to build and improve the trust factor at work, take a hard look at the ways you might be derailing trust.

Consciously or Unconsciously – Live Well

The following is shared by permission from a dear friend, fellow coach, and down-right classy human being, David Norris. I hope you find this to be of value to you today. David writes: I recently posted this quote on several social media platforms and received a number of requests to translate and explain further. Consciously […]

Making Behavior Change Stick

Have you ever tried breaking an old habit to replace it with some new behavior?
Of course you have. Whether it’s a diet, exercising more, reading more, less device time, or other lifestyle changes, adopting a new behavior can be tough.

Kill the Bell Curve

Managers often believe their workforce distribution is some kind of bell curve. Research says NO. There is a long-standing belief in business that people performance follows the Bell Curve. This belief has been embedded in many business practices: performance appraisals, compensation models, and even how we get graded in school. (Remember “grading by the curve?”) […]