Burning the Pancakes: 7 Steps to Empowerment

7 Steps to Empowerment

“I will let your son burn the pancakes.” This is what I tell visiting parents who are trying to decide if their boy should join our Scout Troop. What I’m really telling them is that we do our best to empower the boys, and that the process can be messy. Here’s my thinking on that […]

Managing the Boss: How to Deliver Bad News

Managing the Boss

No one likes to deliver bad news to the boss.  But how you present a problem to them will have a lot to do with how they react to it.  It’s more than just “managing the boss” – it’s seeing things from their perspective. Here is a way you can break the news, help to […]

Do You Really Need Charisma to Lead?

Charisma

Not everyone has the charismatic superhero personality that captivates a room, and attracts followers like metal filings to a magnet.  For the many of us who may be a little short on vitamin C (charisma), are we doomed to permanent follower-ship while the outgoing back-slappers take over the world?  I’d say don’t give up hope.  […]

Be a Finisher, Not Just a Starter

Finisher

Why is it not enough to be a self-starter? Getting started on something is great.  There are lots of great inspirational quotes you can read about starting:

9 Leadership Lessons I Learned from my Dance Instructor

9 Leadership Lessons I learned from my Dance Instructor

I guess you can learn about leadership just about anywhere if you happen to be looking for it.  Last Thursday evening, I wasn’t even looking and it hit me square in the face. My wife and I had signed up for dance lessons (think basic ballroom stuff – definitely not Dancing with the Stars!).  But as […]

How Serving Can Make You a Better Leader

The popular ideal of a leader who stands alone in the face of adversity barking orders that are instantly obeyed makes for good cinema.  But in the real world, that’s not the way the most effective leaders get the job done. Instead, they practice something called Servant-Leadership, a much more powerful and sustainable approach to […]

Know This One Thing Before You Try to Lead – 2 Minute Tip

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Leading a team includes accomplishing the mission while also taking care of people.  If your people’s needs aren’t being met, chances are that the mission is going to suffer.  Here’s a simple framework you can keep in mind when working with your people to ensure you are meeting their needs.

Delegation, Part 3: Who, How to Delegate?

How to Delegate

Now that you see the true value of delegating well, and have a handle on the kinds of tasks that are best to delegate, we get down to the business of choosing someone to delegate to, and the process of how to delegate the task in a way that is structured, thorough, developmental, and practical. […]

Delegation, Part 2: What to Delegate?

What to Delegate

Knowing what to delegate makes all the difference in the world. The the thing is to remember that it’s not just about clearing your calendar so you can focus on those key leadership tasks, it’s also about choosing tasks that your teammates will be energized about doing and that will make your organization stronger by providing greater […]