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
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
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
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?
The crowd waited in rapt anticipation. The famous motivational speaker was about to take the stage. He was going to motivate them to do more, be better, and whatever else they desired. I was in that audience and I too was anticipating the speaker’s words, although for a different reason.… Read More »Getting to Know Them – What’s Their Motivation?
Updated July 15, 2021 Developing future leaders is always a concern at the executive level. Deloitte University Press has released their Global Human Capital Trends 2021. The report is full of interesting statistics, but of particular note is that among 6000 HR and business leaders â€“ leadership was listed as… Read More »Developing Future Leaders: 5 Steps for Leadership Development
Note: This post comes from Ed Rugerro 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… Read More »High Priority: The Leader Gets a Haircut
I learned a great technique for business 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… Read More »3-Step Business Crisis Management for Leaders
Most of us have done it. We get towards the end of a one-on-one meeting with a team member and we ask, “So, do you have any feedback for me?” Response? Most often, you can hear crickets playing outside, followed shortly by, “No, I can’t think of anything.” Occasionally, however,… Read More »Stop Asking for Feedback!