Early in my leadership career, I was at a dinner with about 100 other Air Force officers. The speaker that evening was Colonel Mal Wakin, a long-serving professor at the Air Force Academy. The subject was ethics. Col Wakin presented an interesting question. There had been a cheating scandal at… Read More »Leadership Development: The Importance of Trust
Are you treating all your employees in a fair and equal manner? Those two words are often considered synonymous; Rogetâ€™s Thesaurus even lists equal as a synonym for fair, but understanding them as very different concepts is a critical leadership skill to embrace in your leadership development. I often write… Read More »Leadership Development – The Difference Between Fair and Equal
Recently, time management has been a recurring topic during my coaching calls with clients. Then at breakfast this morning I read a great article on conquering the email monster at Entrepreneur.com. This, of course, led me to read additional articles. The great thing for me is, when I call it… Read More »Time Management Link Roundup
Jill[*] was a little depressed when I spoke with her. She had just started a new job and should have been happy. She wasn’t. A little probing revealed that her previous supervisor, Jack, had made some negative, and completely unexpected, comments in her final performance report. Apparently, Jack didn’t like… Read More »Leadership Tips – The Courage to Coach
Some of the most effective leadership development happens outside of formal leadership skills training. A leadership peer group can be a terrific training opportunity. A difficult situation was developing in one of my teams. I was at a loss for just the right approach to deal with the issue. Fortunately… Read More »Continuing Leadership Development: A Leadership Peer Group
As 2015 faded into memory many of us raised a glass and sang Auld Lang Syne, even if we don’t know what the words mean. Then a new year began. Have you made your resolutions for the new year? Hopefully you haven’t. Here’s a better idea. First, review your goals, both personal and… Read More »New Year’s resolutions? Resolve to set real goals instead!
As 2015 gets underway, we want to take this opportunity to thank you for making 2014 a wonderful year for both of us. Working with great people seeking to be great leaders makes what we do extremely rewarding. Whether you are a graduate of one of our programs, a corporate client,… Read More »Thank You for a Great 2014!
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… Read More »Three Secrets to Being an Influential Leader
Was out in Indianapolis this past week having a great time facilitating a leadership development workshop. The only downside was the opportunity to write didn’t present itself. I did, however, come across several articles pertinent to our readership. Enjoy the roundup: The Difference Between Successful and Very Successful People 8… Read More »Leadership Articles
Why is there conflict within my team? Why does it seem like John and I can’t communicate? Why can’t this be one of those high performance teams I hear about? How do I cut the drama? Have you asked yourself questions like these? The best part of working with people… Read More »Leading High Performance Teams – How Can I Cut the Drama?