A Good Method for Building Trust

I may not be writing these articles much longer. You see, I’ve apparently hit the financial trifecta and am about to become extremely wealthy. On the same day last week I was informed that I had won the European lottery, a Nigerian prince was giving me several tens of millions of dollars, and a United Nations official was going to give me a considerable sum for helping distribute some foreign…

In a toxic work culture? Three thoughts on what to do.

Our leadership students come from many different companies.  Most come from companies with great cultures that take an active interest in their employees and develop them into engaged individuals with a vested interest in organizational success. Others…not so much.  I’ve had a number of students who, unfortunately, worked in environments that could best be described as toxic.  These environments have cultures that foster unethical or toxic behavior; as a result,…

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Leadership, Conflict, and Authority

Authority. The “I am in charge and you must do what I say…or else” approach is the fallback position for many leaders. It seems like the easiest way to get things done and resolve conflict. But, can a leader lead without using overt authority? Midway through my Air Force career, I was assigned to the Air National Guard Headquarters. Up to that point I had been in the active duty…

Problem Employees? Here’s How to Handle Them

You’ve worked hard to make your section a place people want to work. Everyone has read your leadership philosophy and you’ve had a productive coaching session with everyone. The changes you’ve madehave been well received by everyone in your section. Everyone except Jill. It seems like Jill has been with the company for a hundred years. She doesn’t like change and you’re pretty sure she doesn’t like you. Everyone knows…

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Leadership Development – The Difference Between Fair and Equal

Are you treating all your employees in a fair and equal manner? These two words are often considered synonymous; Roget’s Thesaurus even lists equal as a synonym for fair, but for leaders, they are very different concepts. Suppose you have two employees, Jack and Jill. Jack has been with the company for 18 months while Jill is a more recent addition. You’ve ensured that Jack and Jill both have everything…