Leading With a Blind Eye: Why You Can’t Ignore the Thing You Didn’t Want to See

Blind Eye Leadership

Why turning a “blind eye” is hazardous to the health of your team  In 1801, Admiral Horatio Nelson was leading several warships in a desperate fight against the Danish in the Battle of Copenhagen.  His ships were part of a larger fleet commanded by another Admiral.  Back in those days, commanders communicated with their fleet […]

How to use the EDGE Technique to Lead Your Team

EDGE Technique

Did you know that organizations have a life cycle?  In this video, we’ll talk about what the stages of that life cycle are, and how you can adjust your leadership approach to successfully lead your team in every stage.

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 […]

Cornerstone of Leadership: What’s Yours?

Cornerstone of Leadership

The location, orientation, and strength of a building are determined by its cornerstone.  And just as a building needs that firm foundation to be strong, any organization also needs a basis of strength and purpose that orients and guides its actions.  These things come from its leaders.   These are its cornerstone.  The question is, as […]

Joining the Team: What the New Guy Won’t Tell You

joining the team

We’ve all been there, but it’s funny how quickly we can forget the “New Guy” experience.  Yet how you bring a new person onto the team will have a lot to do with how long they stay, and how productive they’ll be.  Here are four things that the new guy won’t tell you, and what […]

9 Leadership Mistakes to Avoid

Leadership Mistakes

In a recent online poll, about 1,000 U.S. workers were asked what their biggest complaints were about their leaders.  Today we’ll talk about the top nine of these complaints, how they are connected, and what you can do to avoid being one of the leaders they are complaining about.

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.

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.  […]

After Action Review: Is There an Elephant in the Room?

After Action Review

After every major event, good organizations and teams take a moment and very deliberately review what happened in an After Action Review.  In this way, they can keep getting better.  It’s a great process, but there’s an elephant in the room that can keep it from working.  Today we’re going to talk about what that […]

How to Confirm Your Plan with a Recon

Recon

Today we’re going the extra mile.  Quite literally.  Next weekend our Scout troop is going winter camping in the hills of Pennsylvania.  I think we have a pretty good plan for the trip, but I always like to confirm my ideas by walking the ground ahead of time whenever possible.  It’s a reconnaissance.  Join me, […]

The Humble Leader Paradox

humble leader paradox

How does a humble leader lead without becoming a door mat? I believe the Servant-Leader mindset is the best sustainable approach to leadership.  But if you are not careful, it is easy to fall into the idea that to lead, you are supposed to be running around doing everything you can to make everybody happy. […]