Leadership

Leaders Don’t Grow On Trees

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Leadership | Comments Off on Leaders Don’t Grow On Trees

A Leadership Shortage: According to a recent Forbes article, the need for “leaders at all levels” is one of 12 critical issues in the Global Human Capital Trends 2014 survey conducted by Deloitte University Press. The Deloitte survey highlights some important points for organizations to consider. “Organizations need to realize that developing leaders amounts to more than having a selection of training programs, and senior executives should create a culture that broadens the opportunity for leaders to develop in new ways. This means putting potential leaders in positions that stretch...

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Bring Your “A” Game

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Leadership | Comments Off on Bring Your “A” Game

Are you ready for change? Have you noticed that at the New Year there are a lot of tips on how to achieve goals and make important changes in our lives? I think most of us want to perform at our best. Important leadership initiatives require peak performance. Have you ever looked at yourself or someone you supervise and wonder what it takes to achieve and maintain peak performance? Many people might guess that you need ambition, a positive attitude or a strong work ethic. What is your guess? What does it really take to achieve and maintain Peak Performance? At the beginning of a coaching...

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If Scrooge Can Change, Why Can’t You or Your Team?

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 in Leadership | Comments Off on If Scrooge Can Change, Why Can’t You or Your Team?

Can People Change or Not?  I was having a conversation with an old friend, who also happens to be a C-Suite executive in a large global corporation.  He expressed how important staff development was to him and the desire to have a higher functioning executive team.  After lamenting about some dysfunctional behaviors on his executive team, he said “People don’t change; they are fundamentally who they are.” After thinking more about his comment, I asked myself “What makes sense about his view?” I administer leadership assessments, and there is validity that someone’s personality...

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If you are talking to a “Fire-fighter,” speak like a “Fire-fighter.” How to influence the Fire-fighters in your organization.

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Leadership | Comments Off on If you are talking to a “Fire-fighter,” speak like a “Fire-fighter.” How to influence the Fire-fighters in your organization.

Recognizing the “Fire-fighters” at Work    Have you ever noticed that many professionals inside organizations often like to seek problems to solve and are motivated by fixing things?  You might even notice this with some technically-oriented professionals. I call these individuals “Fire-fighters” and they are great at identifying risks and solving problems.  Fire-fighters are motivated by moving away from problems and consequences.  They often talk about the problem that needs to be fixed, what they don’t want to have happen, what will be prevented or what they will get rid...

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Compassion Management at Work is Not Wimpy…..It Increases the Bottom Line

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Leadership | Comments Off on Compassion Management at Work is Not Wimpy…..It Increases the Bottom Line

According to a recent Harvard Business Review (HBR) Blog, “The Rise of Compassionate Management (Finally)”   http://zite.to/1dowM3t, research has shown that organizations that foster compassion have an increase in profitability.  Managers that coach people with compassion preserve the dignity and wellbeing of the recipient. Moving both the task and relationship together is often challenging, but important if you want to create a culture that is more productive and increases employee retention. It is responsible leadership to role model compassion and respect. HBR also implies that...

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How did Southwest Airlines make money from fun?

Posted by on Sep 18, 2013 in Leadership | Comments Off on How did Southwest Airlines make money from fun?

The Corporate Paradox: There have been many recent studies about the psychological impact on leaders when corporations over-emphasize extrinsic motivations such as shareholder value and financial rewards.

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