5 Steps to Provide Feedback That’s Helpful, Not Hurtful

By Michael Timms | April 19, 2022

What one skill do you think has the greatest positive impact on workplace culture and performance? From my years of helping leaders create a culture of accountability, I have found that the ability to provide feedback directly and respectfully makes the biggest and most immediate positive difference to individuals and organizations. Contrary to popular belief,…

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Putting Profits Before People Is Killing Your Company

By Michael Timms | April 4, 2022

Like many others in the midst of the Great Resignation, Tom is leaving his company. Tom has worked as a top-tier project manager for an IT services company for over 5 years. He wasn’t looking for a new job, but when an acquaintance at another IT services company told him about where she worked, Tom…

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5 Ways Leaders Can Build Trust No Matter Where Their Teams Work

By Michael Timms | March 14, 2022

Originally posted on Fast Company on March 10, 2022 You can either fight it or accept it, but you can’t deny that the new hybrid work model is here to stay. According to the latest data from Gallup, 67% of white collar workers currently work from home at least part of the time, and there…

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Blame Culture Is Toxic. Here’s How To Stop It.

By Michael Timms | March 8, 2022

Originally posted on Harvard Business Review on February 9, 2022 Picture this: Your team is racing against time and working weekends to submit a new client proposal. You finally manage to put all the documents together, and just in the nick of time, you press “send.” You take a deep breath and thank the team…

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10 Ways Great Leaders Show Gratitude All Year Long

By Michael Timms | December 6, 2021

The holiday season is a natural reflection point for many people that reminds us to count our blessings and express our gratitude more freely. However, others may not perceive us as being very grateful if our kind words and gestures are prompted by a season. Regularly practicing gratitude through journaling or meditating on the positive…

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The Embodiment of Personal Accountability

By Michael Timms | November 2, 2021

A hero has left us. General Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away on Monday, October 18, 2021.  The son of Jamaican immigrants, Powell overcame racism and segregation to become the first Black American to hold several top positions in the US government, advising four…

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Developing the Superpower of Systems Thinking

By Michael Timms | July 23, 2021

The following article is an abridgement of chapter 3 from the upcoming book How Leaders Can Inspire Accountability. Wouldn’t it be great to possess a superpower? Perhaps when you were a child you wished you could fly, have super strength, or be invisible. I’d like to show you how you can develop the superpower to…

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The Most Frequently Missed Step in Problem Solving

By Michael Timms | June 15, 2021

Throughout history, giving birth was a risky business. However, in the early nineteenth century, deaths of mothers during childbirth suddenly and inexplicably skyrocketed. An epidemic known as childbed fever swept through the western world in the 1800s, and it was only getting worse. By the mid-1800s, about one out of every ten women who gave…

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