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 […]

Bad vs. Good: Why Does the Bad Seem to Outweigh the Good?

Bad vs Good: Why Does the Bad Seem to Outweight the Good?

“When it comes to Bad vs. Good, why do bad things get all the attention?” There’s a struggle between good and bad and it’s happening on our teams. The bad news?  The “bad” is far more powerful than the “good.”  The good news?  As leaders, we can use the power of bad for good. Here’s […]

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 […]

6 Powerful Ways Leaders Reflect, and how Reflection Makes Your Team Great

6 Powerful Ways Leaders Reflect, and how Reflection Makes Your Team Great

What is reflection for leaders? Reflection sounds like a passive exercise you do by yourself.  It seems to involve sitting in a chair in a darkened room and journaling about the meaning of things.  Maybe that’s part of it, but I think for leaders there is much more to it than that. Leaders reflect actively, […]

Leadership Incubator

Leadership Incubator

I think one thing often overlooked in the world of leadership is patience. We’re always in a hurry to get things done.  We have to produce results immediately.  Yesterday, if at all possible. To make that happen, some leaders reduce themselves to the idea of “the louder and harsher the better.” Kind of in the […]

Winning at Chaos: How to Succeed When it All Falls Apart

Winning Chaos - How to Succeed When it All Falls Apart

“How can you prepare to succeed in the midst of chaos?” Much has been written about the big strategic decisions before the massive D-Day invasion of World War II.  What sometimes gets missed are the thousands of little, tactical decisions made on the ground afterwards.  Yet those were what ultimately enabled success. Allied planners knew […]

Why You Might be Turning Your Wolves into Sheep

Are You Turning Your Wolves into Sheep

Are you teaching your people to be sheep or wolves? Many of us are spending too much time corralling our co-workers instead of pointing them in the direction we want them to go.  Today we’ll take a lesson from nature about positive reinforcement, and give you three tips to help get your pack moving in […]

Goal Setting: Crash Test Dummy Edition

Goal Setting Crash Test

With the turn of the New Year come new resolutions.  But too often these goals fall by the wayside before the snow has had a chance to melt.  With all the writing I’ve been doing recently on goals, I thought it might be fun to put my money where my mouth is, set a New […]

Coercive Power:  Is the Benefit Worth the Cost?

Coercive Power

Ever known someone pulled over for speeding?  Chances are they knew what the speed limit was, but thought they wouldn’t be caught.  The benefit of having traffic laws is to promote safety on the highways.  But there is a cost to enforcing the laws, just as there is always a cost when using any force.  […]

Positive Feedback – Catch them Doing Something Right

Positive Feedback

Giving feedback to your people is critical to getting the job done, but a typical mistake many new (and not so new) leaders make is to focus on the negative, to catch people doing something wrong, and then correcting them.  In this post, we’ll take a look at the power of giving frequent, positive feedback and […]