Leaders: So Much for Good Intentions

There’s an old saying in management and leadership training. Good intentions make sense, right? However, there’s a problem with that. People don’t know your intentions, only your actions. For someone in a leadership role, your day to day action speaks far louder than the words you say or the emails […]

getting it right

Leaders: What is the Right Answer?

It has been said there is one big difference between management and leadership. Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things. Have you ever asked yourself this question? What IS the right answer anyway? For people in leadership roles, you are looked upon for the right answer. […]

Process and Procedure

Procedures? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Procedures

Managers and leaders at all levels rely on process and procedure to execute scalable and sustainable delivery of the work they do. Yet from time to time, you will hear talk of being totally free-form in the operation of a business. Results speak for themselves. When you dive deep into […]

Leaders: Are You Coachable?

In my consulting and coaching business, I often ask the question “are you coachable?” It is amazing how many times the prospect says “well, yes I believe I am.” After a few sessions with input and feedback, it becomes apparent they really are not coachable. How do I know? It […]

#Entrepreneurs: Finding the Edge

“Finding the Edge” is something we frequently think about but seldom do. I am beginning a series of business coaching messages centered on helping entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners identify and reach out to their “edge”. Entrepreneurs commit to starting their business based on a great idea. However, it takes […]

Single vision

Leadership Thought: Is Your Myopia Your Utopia?

When it comes to leadership and management, nearsightedness or myopia is a common occurrence. What does that mean? Is Your Myopia Your Utopia? Since effective leadership is part art as much as part science, I see too many managers taking a nearsighted look at their role and responsibility. Nearsightedness is […]

Disturbed leadership

Leaders: Are You Disturbed?

The meeting had been going on for a few minutes, when a junior executive rushed in, late. The boss looked up and glared. The junior said “excuse me, I didn’t mean to disturb.” The executive grinned and said, “No problem, I’ve been disturbed for quite some time.” There were uncomfortable […]

Growing Leadership

Can I develop leadership qualities and skills through books and practice?

Being an executive coach puts me in front of audiences and the frequent inquiries from followers. This post is in reference to a simple question I received not long ago. Can I develop leadership qualities and skills through books and practice? My answer, absolutely! Books are a great place to start. Books […]

managing world

Are You Managing Your World or is Your World Managing You?

For everyone in leadership, you need to take a pause from time to time to make some key assessments. I like to call it recalibration. Let’s face it, the demands on your time and your life can get overwhelming. In today’s tumultuous market, we really never know from day to day what next may come.

Leadership: Shining Light v Casting Darkness

“The beatings will continue until morale improves.” Heard that before? How often have you worked for a boss who operated that way? It’s not fun. Actually, it’s a horrible environment to suffer. Yet, work we must, and sometimes it comes out this way. Despite all of the great teachings about leadership, […]