The Value of the Vision

The Value of the Vision

A little known act during World War II highlights the value of vision for our teams, and why we should treat it like a precious metal.

Virtual Ceremonies: Should They Count?

Virtual Ceremonies - Should They Count?

We are in an age of virtual ceremonies like the one for my daughter’s graduation. Do they carry the same meaning? What are the implications for leaders?

The Eraser Test: How to Know When It’s Time for a Change

The Eraser Test - How to Know When Its Time for a Change

How do we know when to change the plan? A casual remark by a friend last week got me thinking about the idea of flexibility and change.  As leaders, we choose the objectives and set the course.  But once we’re underway, how do we know if we should keep on keeping on, or if we […]

Leadership Exercises: 7 Ways to Build Your Influencing Muscles

Leadership Exercises - 7 Ways to Build Your Influencing Muscles

Are there any leadership exercises I can do? Someone asked this question recently, and I thought it was a good one.  Learning leadership is tricky business.  It’s not like practicing musical scales or pumping iron at the gym. But I do think there are exercises we can do to become more effective leaders.  Whether we […]

Leadership Mistakes: 3 Things to Do When You Really Step In It

Leadership Mistakes - 3 Things to Do When You Really Step In It

What should a leader do when they make a mistake? Nobody likes to “step in it,” but leadership mistakes will happen.  What you do when they occur makes all the difference. Do these three things well, and you may end up with a stronger team than you started with.

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 […]

Leading Spaghetti – How to Use Your Noodle to Lead Your Team

Leading Spaghetti

“If you’re a leader, you don’t push wet spaghetti, you pull it.” – Bill Mauldin Bill Mauldin was a famous cartoonist for Stars and Stripes, the newspaper widely read by American GIs during World War II. It’s easy to get his metaphor about leading spaghetti, and it makes sense, sort of.  But since Bill was […]

How to Build Team Culture From the Ground Up

Build Team Culture

Every team will develop its own distinctive culture.  A good team culture can be positive, supporting, and contribute to greater productivity, employee engagement, and satisfaction.  A bad one can have the opposite effect. The thing is, you don’t have to leave it to chance to see which way your team culture will go.  If you […]

How to Build Team Culture One Test at a Time

Building Team Culture One Step at a Time

We all recognize that building team culture is important   We know a strong team culture can have a huge positive impact on team effectiveness, employee engagement, and overall productivity.  The question is, where does it come from?  How do we build it? To me, the short answer is that culture is shaped most powerfully by […]