Change the Game: 7 Ways to Build Teammates Who Can Do More

Change the Game - 7 Ways to Build Teammates Who Can Do More

How do we increase the odds of “winning” with the team we have? At the beginning of any game, everyone starts with the same number of players on the board.  And in the rush to get things done, we focus on moving those players around the best we can.  If we’re good, we might win. […]

Team Leadership: 4 Simple Steps to Getting Stuff Done

“Can Team Leadership really be boiled down into four steps?” Leaders are always busy, and whatever we are involved with, things only seem to grow more complicated over time.  As complexity grows, it can help to view our roles as leaders in the simplest terms possible. What should we be doing right now?  What should […]

Skills for the Introverted Leader: 6 Ways to Expand Your Comfort Zone

Skills for the Introverted Leader - Six Ways to Expand Your Comfort Zone

What skills does an introverted leader need to develop? Statistically, about half of us tend towards introversion (I’m definitely one of them).  That fact doesn’t exclude us from being effective leaders. In fact, many of the traits associated with introversion are actually strengths for someone who wants to lead well.  Often, we can lead very […]

Space to Think: 8 Ways to Find Quiet in a Noisy World

Space to Think - 8 Ways to Find Quiet in a Noisy World

 How do you find the space to think in a noisy world? We are bombarded all day long by messages telling us what to do, and what to think.  Someone else is always trying to put their thoughts into our heads. Whether it’s friends, family, media, or the boss, all of them want our eyes, […]

Delegating Effectively: It’s Not Tennis

Delegating Effectively - It's Not Tennis

If I’m delegating effectively, why do I always seem to have the ball? We all know that as leaders we need to delegate effectively.  As one boss even told me, “You have to delegate or die!” But sometimes it can seem like that ball keeps bouncing back into your hands. You start to wonder, what’s […]

Stop Yourself! 4 Ways to Grow Your Team by Shutting Your Mouth

Leader Patience

As leaders we are responsible for getting things done through people.  But in our rush to see results, we risk becoming our own worst enemy.  If we are not careful, our well-meaning actions can breed frustration, cause discontent, and undermine trust.  Today we’ll talk about leader patience and when to apply it in a way […]

Mind the Gap: 9 Ways to Close the Trust Gap on Your Team

Closing the Trust Gap

People will only willingly follow you if they trust you, and believe in your destination.  But like boarding a train, there comes a moment when they have to step from the platform into the passenger compartment and join you for the ride.  Crossing that gap is a leap of faith:  It requires trust. Yet a […]

Book Notes – Sea of Glory: The 7 Habits of the Highly Insecure Leader

Sea of Glory - Nathaniel Philbrick

Lacking confidence in your leadership?  Are you an insecure leader?  Sometimes the things we are tempted to do to compensate for insecurity are the worst options, as Lieutenant Wilkes, United States Navy, found out the hard way in 1838.  Here’s what happened, how you can avoid these seven deadly habits, and build the confidence you […]

How to Train the New Guy

Train the new guy

Being the leader is a challenge, but it can be even more challenging when you have new people join the team who don’t yet know how to contribute.  In the next two minutes I’m going to show you a way to pull the new guys on to the team and quickly turn them into productive […]

Get it Right with a Pre-Execution Checklist

Pre-Execution Checklist

Have you ever been getting ready to do something important, then forgot to take care of one critical thing?  That almost happened to me a couple weeks ago.  Fortunately, there was a technique we used that saved us some embarrassment and helped make sure things went smoothly.  It’s called the Pre-execution Checklist, and today we’re […]