Overcoming Indecision: 7 Ways to Find the Strength to Make the Leap

Overcoming Indecision - 7 Ways to Find the Strength to Make the Leap

“Indecision may or may not be the problem.”  – Jimmy Buffett Have you ever gotten to the point where you think you know what you want to do, but had a hard time actually committing to doing it? This story of one person’s experience attempting to overcome indecision can help shed light on how we […]

How to Be a Great Boss: 9 Ways to Get a 5-Star Rating From Your Team

How to be a Great Boss - 9 Ways to Get a 5-Star Rating From Your Team

What does it take to be a great boss? Some bosses are more memorable than others, and some perhaps you’d like to forget.  But what does it take to be a great boss?  What distinguishes the one that people remember years later as the leader who made a difference? I was fortunate to work for […]

Sharpen Your Thinking: 25 Ways to Hone Your Thinking Skills

Sharpen Your Thinking - 25 Ways to Hone Your Thinking Skills

Leaders should be independant thinkers. Whether you are trying to develop a vision statement, solve a problem at work, or influence the team, leaders have to think about where they are going and how they are going to get there. The good news is that thinking is a skill, and it’s one that we can […]

How to be Decisive: 9 Ways to Make a Decision You Won’t Regret

How to be Decisive: 9 Ways to Make a Decision You Won't Regret

How can you be decisive if you don’t know what decision to make? Yogi Berra once said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”  That sounds like good advice, but how do you decide which fork to take? Which one will have the greatest payoff?  Which will you be least likely […]

The Stink Test: Why Leaders Need to Listen to Their Noses

The Stink Test

During a long trek deep in the woods, we were faced with a mini-crisis that could have ruined the trip.  But by applying the “Stink Test” we averted disaster and finished the hike as intended.  Here’s what the “Stink Test” is, and how you can use it to make smart decisions as a leader.

Influencing the Decision: How to Transition from Doer to Decider

Influencing the decision

There are the people who have to do what they are told, and then there are the people who get to decide what people do. Doers and deciders.  Which would you like to be? Even if by position you are supposed to be a doer, there’s a way that you can take on more and […]

Book Notes: The Right Kind of Crazy

The Right Kind of Crazy - Adam Steltzner

“How do you build a close-knit innovative team under high pressure?” Imagine being put in charge of leading a team to do something that man has never been done before.  You have about ten people with widely differing backgrounds and personalities to work with.  You have tight budgetary limitations, a rapidly shrinking timeline and high […]

Snake Bit! A Case Study in Making Haste Slowly

Making haste slowly

In the heat of a crisis, as leaders we tend to want to jump in and start making decisions.  The situation calls for boldness, decisiveness; now is our chance to rise to the occasion.  To fail to act immediately may be interpreted as weakness.  But if we act hastily we risk making bad decisions and making things worse […]

Book Notes: The Slow Fix

The Slow Fix - Carl Honore

In the 2011 Grand Prix Formula One race in Monaco, Lewis Hamilton’s car collided with another racer.  There was damage to the rear wing end plate of his car.  Under any other circumstances, his racing day would have been over.  Changing tires during a pit stop is one thing, but repairing something more complicated like […]

The Abilene Paradox: When Agreement is Bad

Abilene Paradox

Not sure where your team is heading?  Wonder what will be waiting for you when you get there?  Sounds like you might just be on the Bus to Abilene.  Here’s how to recognize if you’re on that Bus and how to get it turned in the right direction.

7 Ways to Boost Your Confidence as a New Leader

Boost Your Confidence

The air is screaming by outside at 120 miles an hour, the ground is receding in the distance, and the weight of your parachute and equipment seems to be pulling you down.   Your heart rate is up, there’s a little tremor in your hands.  The risks seem real, but everyone in the airplane is watching […]