Sharing the Vision, Do You See What You See?

Last summer I checked an item off my bucket list and took up the sport of powered paragliding. It’s a unique perspective from a couple hundred feet up, moving slowly across the landscape.  I’ve seen coyotes lying in long grasses waiting for prey, jackrabbits actually forming small “herds” for mutual protection, how antelope seem to flock, and the order behind what had always appeared to be the random meanderings of…

Leadership and Communication: Did They Hear What You Think You Said

O wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us! Robert Burns With apologies to Robert Burns, we also don’t hear ourselves as others hear us. In their book, Thanks for the Feedback, Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen explain a very important point that leaders must remember when communicating, citing research on the superior temporal sulcus (STS) What’s that you say? It’s a part of…

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Three Secrets to Being an Influential Leader

Influence: the ability to affect the behavior of others. Is influence one of your leadership skills? With the trend toward virtual teams and matrixed organizations, leaders often find themselves in a position where they don’t feel they have real authority. Years ago I was in a leadership position in which I was responsible for supporting many other organizations across the country. My team was also expected to enforce certain standards…

High Priority: The Leader Gets a Haircut

Note: This post comes from Ed Rugerro at Academy Leadership. Sicily, July 1943 Captain Ed Sayre peeked over the edge of the trench and down the hill, where the German infantry had disappeared into a grove of trees to prepare a counter-attack. Sayre’s eighty exhausted and foot-sore GIs had just pushed the enemy off one of the sun-blasted ridges that march across southern Sicily like inland waves, but the Germans…

3-Step Business Crisis Management for Leaders [infographic]

I’m reflecting this week on what I learned about crisis management from a particularly experienced instructor pilot in the Air Force helicopter rescue unit were we were both assigned. He said that, in an emergency, the first thing to do is “hack the clock.” I wrote about this in August – but today I’m revisiting the topic and offering an infographic to glance at when you’re under pressure. Note: A little…