How to Be a Great Boss: 9 Ways to Get a 5-Star Rating From Your Team

How to be a Great Boss - 9 Ways to Get a 5-Star Rating From Your Team

What does it take to be a great boss? Some bosses are more memorable than others, and some perhaps you’d like to forget.  But what does it take to be a great boss?  What distinguishes the one that people remember years later as the leader who made a difference? I was fortunate to work for […]

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 […]

Building the Team: Why You Don’t Need New Shoes

Building the Team

Think you need to make a change on your team?  Not able to advance because someone is holding you back?  It is easy to catch yourself thinking along these lines.  But the other day I came to an interesting realization when I paused to think about my old running shoes.  Here’s why your “racing” success is […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What to Do When They Know More Than You…

They say knowledge is power. But if that’s true, how can you be in charge when you don’t know as much as the others on your team? Lots of times you might find yourself put in charge of something you know very little about, or that your teammates know much more about than you do. […]

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 […]