Five Leadership Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

No one’s perfect and when the average imperfect individual finds him or herself in a leadership position, there are suddenly many more opportunities to mess up. As the scope of responsibility grows, the likelihood of making mistakes increases. There are five common mistakes leaders make that have nothing to do with the technical aspects of the job. These mistakes are about people. Failing to respect subordinates. This is amazingly common!…

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,…

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…

Leaders, Culture and Change

By Ed Ruggero and Marcia Noa A half-dozen iron workers jam themselves into the passenger elevator on the side of a skeletal high-rise. Four of the men wear their safety harnesses, which they’ll anchor to the building before they start work on the 61st floor. The other two aren’t wearing the harnesses, even though the general contractor routinely hands out thousand dollar fines to subcontractors who don’t comply with the…

Leadership Development: Team Building and Rock Stars

All leaders want “rock stars” on the team. There is plenty of advice available about how to hire the “right” people. That’s great. I’m all for building the best team possible, but is selecting the team the only way to do that? My military experience provides an interesting answer. Military leaders seldom if ever have the opportunity to select their own team. Instead, leaders are assigned to an existing team,…