I had been a commander of a flying training squadron for a few months. One Monday morning I was getting ready to go into work… Read More »What do you do when you fall short as a leader? (Pictograph)
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… Read More »Stuck in a toxic work culture? Three thoughts on what to do.
Your teenage daughter walks in to the house after school looking sullen and without her characteristic after school greeting. You ask, “How was school?” “Fine” is the answer. But a few seconds later the slam of a bedroom door indicates to you that everything, indeed, is not fine. The silent treatment continues into dinner despite your efforts to find out what the problem is. Thank goodness at work you get to deal with mature adults where nothing like this ever happens, right? Right.
You’ve noticed that Bill, one of your team members, isn’t his usual self. In fact, it seems like he is being downright rude. He’s doing the work, mostly, but he’s not being as punctual and you are finding more than the usual number of errors in his stuff. He also has been kind of sarcastic in meetings. Not to the point of open insubordination, but still, it’s getting annoying. You finally ask, “Bill, everything OK?” “It’s fine.” Sound familiar?Read More »That cold shoulder just might be feedback…Are you listening?
The change of command was over and as the new commander I would soon be meeting my new staff. Truth was, I had been the… Read More »What does a leader do when stuck with a poor performer?
A sign in the office of a general I worked for in the Pentagon read “Feed Your Troops First.” The sign wasn’t behind the General’s… Read More »Feed Your Troops First – Leadership 101
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by Tom Deierlein, on October 20, 2015 Back in the military when I was 17 years old, I was taught an early and important lesson… Read More »Want Results? You Need a Single Person of Accountability
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… Read More »3-Step Business Crisis Management for Leaders [infographic]