Lines for Leaders: The Office

Lines for Leaders - The Office

Something funny that Micheal Scott said in the mocumentary The Office can help us become better leaders in real life.

The Dangers of Taking the Easy Way

Taking the Easy Way

“What’s wrong with taking the easy way?” Sometimes the answer to our problem seems easy.  But the easy solution may not always be the right one.  Today in “Lines for Leaders” I’ll share what one famous person said about the dangers of taking the “easy way,” along with some thoughts about how we can make […]

Leading Experienced People: How to Overcome 3 Dilemmas That Make it Hard

What is it about leading experienced people that makes it so challenging? They know more than we do.  They have been there longer.  They already have their ways of doing things. Then we walk in and we’re expected to tell them what to do, and when to do it.  We want to produce results sooner […]

14 Ways to Make People Feel Important

She started her own business late in life and turned it into a multi-million dollar enterprise.  She donated millions to worthy causes.  She was once named the most outstanding business woman of the 20th century.  Much of her success was the direct result of good old fashioned hard work and determination. But another key to […]

Pose Power: How to Lead Better in Only Two Minutes

power poses

Can the way you stand or sit make you a better leader?  Short answer: Yes, I believe it can.  There are two main ways that this happens, and we’ll be talking about how you can put them both to work to enhance your ability to lead.

Commitment: Turning Promise into Reality

Commitment - Turning Promise into Reality

Where does commitment come from, and how can I get some? Beginnings are fun – there is excitement, optimism, the promise of something new.  Successful endings are great, too, as you watch your idea bear fruit. The tough part comes in the middle.  It’s the part that involves effort, and sacrifice.  Today I’ll share some […]

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 […]

Doing it Best but Doing it Wrong!

Doing it Wrong

Have you bumped up to the next level recently? Taken on a leadership role? Congratulations!  Just keep in mind that what got you there might not be what keeps you there.  Today we’ll take a quick look at a common pitfall new leaders often succumb to, and some good questions to ask that will keep you headed in the […]

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 […]

A Different View of Leadership: Not What You Might Expect

A Different View of Leadership

What does leadership look like?  It takes on many forms.  But on this day, at a major training exercise in the desert, it took on what for me was a very unexpected shape.  Here’s the short story about a very different view of leadership I got when I pulled back the tent flap, and saw […]