Each of us comes with some learned or comfortable modes of operating, which shapes our leadership style. Some of us prefer to think out loud, and others prefer not to speak until we have developed a fully-formed idea in our head that makes good sense to us, or we may even want to confirm it […]
The value of the strengths movement and a focus on your talents as an individual is to change the focus of your energy and attention to what is already working well, and to find ways to leverage those talents to make them more and more relevant and powerful.
We often encounter clients who resist trying out new behaviors because they are concerned about not appearing “authentic”. The word authentic has been used so much in leadership circles without being accurately defined, so here’s an approach that we suggest. Authenticity starts with defining “who” you really are. We know that you are not just […]
When is the last time you worked on your strategic plan? Most people have to think about this. If you’ve done one in the last year, you are among the few that actively devote time to this activity, and at some level, you know that it’s important. For many organizations (and we have been there, […]
Successful organizations rely on a conscious set of values implemented in everyday actions. Strong persistent organizational culture trumps rules every time.
When the going gets tough, we often hear leaders encourage their staff, their colleagues, their teammates to “try harder”. This is a waste of time. Trying Harder at the things you are already doing does not increase your likelihood of success. It reminds me of Sheryl Sandberg’s recent admonition to women to “Lean In” […]
I returned from ASTD 2013 last week full of energy about the future of learning and leadership development, about advances in learning technologies, and about the integration of neuroscience into the process of learning new skills and becoming better leaders in all phases of our careers. It was energizing to be among 10,000 learning and […]
Ever think about how your down time affects your productivity and success? In today’s busy world, it’s not always easy to disconnect and really relax and refresh your thinking, your body, your emotions. To be a fearless leader, you need to be able to rise above your fear-based gut reactions, and strengthen your personal resilience […]
As we honor MLK today and engage in a National Day of Service, I like to reflect on the connection between great leadership and acts of service to others. I hear about the value of “servant leadership” from many business leaders, and they often equate this to the idea of leadership being the ultimate […]
I’ve often heard that in business it’s not what you know, but who you know. I think to be more precise, it’s not even who you know, but rather how the people who know you feel about you. Your results rely on the quality of your relationships. Success in most fields is built on […]