Inspect Expect

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

This article was originally published on April 2, 2018 and has been updated. 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 […]

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Some People Are Just Haters

The life of a manager/business leader certainly has its benefits, but there are downsides to being a leader too. Not long ago, I received an email from someone who had served on a large project with me. Their recall of my leadership role was, let’s say, “less than flattering.” The […]

team leadership

Leadership Lessons Learned in the Trenches

The experiences in the field often served to remind me of business leadership principles I learned a long time ago, but have to revisit frequently if I choose to keep them fresh and effective.

Feel Like an Entrepreneur?

Two business owners were talking. One was having a pretty good run with his new, and growing business. The other had suffered a series of bad turns and hard luck. The one with the better business asked, “So now do you feel like an entrepreneur?”  The other answered “Heck no. […]

Work at Home

Making the Most from Working at Home

It turns out not everyone is equipped to work at home. I frequently get asked for tips and tricks on how to make the stay-at-home gig work well.

Authentic leadership

Being an Authentic Leader Does Not Always Come Naturally

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 […]

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Establishing a Personal Reflection

Living life with intentional direction is far more rewarding than one day arriving at some destination and wondering why or how you got there.

It’s Hard to Write About Christmas

Merry Christmas! This year, Christmas Day falls on my usual blog post publishing day. I have to tell you as a writer, I always struggle to craft a Christmas message. First, I think I know my audience. I am keenly aware that many of you do not acknowledge Christmas nor […]

Bad bosses suck!

5 Reasons Why Bad Bosses Suck So Bad

Face it, we all know or have had bad bosses. It seems to be a given in the business world. It’s been true for decades. With all the intelligence, studies, coaching, schools, and programs, why do some bosses still suck? I’m going to offer 5 reasons. Promotion –  Sadly, getting […]

Friends at work

Managers Being a Friend at Work or Just Friendly?

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 […]