Last month I explained that being a bad leader apparently requires at least some effort. In that vein, I provided some steps that would ensure you’re ineffective as a leader and, as a bonus, disliked and not respected by your team. Another leadership responsibility that can help you achieve status… Read More »How to be a Bad Leader – Part 2
It is with much sorrow that I announce the passing of my good friend and business partner Steve Alltop. Many of you knew Steve as a leadership instructor and coach. He truly enjoyed working with our clients to help them become more effective leaders. Steve and I have been friends… Read More »Sad Announcement
In the last couple of years we’ve been hearing quite a bit about what has been labeled the “great resignation.” It seems like a lot of people don’t want to work anymore. It also seems this is a new post-pandemic phenomenon. It isn’t. In fact according to the Bureau of… Read More »Is This a Cause of the Great Resignation?
As I scroll through LinkedIn I see lots of pictures of people being recognized for joining a team, some accomplishment, or just being them. Recognition is great and I hope you are recognizing the people on your teams. Recognition is an important part of creating the motivational environment that will… Read More »Recognition: A Picture is Not Enough
As another year draws to a close, many people begin to consider New Year’s Resolutions. Please Don’t! Resolutions are certainly a noble idea, but are often forgotten a few months into the new year. You will be a more effective leader if you use this time to seriously consider a… Read More »Eight Steps for a Successful Next Year
You’ve probably heard that 20% of what you do is producing 80% of the results. Or maybe someone told you that 80% of the issues you deal with come from only 20% of your people. They most likely called this the Pareto Principle. What is this Pareto Principle, where did… Read More »What is the 80/20 Rule and Why Should I Care?
Where would we be today without the technology which enables us to turn on a camera and have meetings and conferences with others anywhere around the globe?
Conflict comes in two forms: good and bad. Good conflict is disagreement and debate and a hard look at ideas and solutions. Good conflict results in even better ideas and solutions. Bad conflict is name calling, and personal attacks, and disengagement. Bad conflict results in team dysfunction.
A common cause of bad conflict is communication. We each have our own expectations of how we want others to communicate with us.
Really, the only way to get street smarts is to be on the street. It’s great if you can hire someone who already has the knowledge and experience you need, but that’s often unlikely. The fact is, people will grow into the job; if you let them.
After many years of hard work Jack was offered a very coveted position, one for which few were considered, and he could barely contain his excitement. He went home to tell his family, but his teenage son had news of his own and ignored Jack’s enthusiasm. There was a high… Read More »Take Time to Smell the Roses