Leadership (general)

3 Essential Elements of a Learning Organization

Do you know someone who has had many experiences that should have taught them something (humility, money management, stop dating losers, etc.) but they haven’t learned it?  Easy, right?  We can all point to people who haven’t learned from their experiences.  Now what if I asked you, “What changes have you made in the last…

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When is the Right Time to Start a Big People Project?

“Now isn’t the right time.”  As a leadership development consultant, I’ve heard that phrase more than you can imagine.  I help organizations of all sizes to implement a process to continually develop their people.  That’s no small undertaking.  It’s not surprising that business leaders are a little hesitant about jumping headlong into a project that…

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Why Some Leaders Become Legendary, And How You Can Too!

If I asked you to name some legendary leaders, who do you think of?  You might think of people like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Jesus, or the Dalai Lama, among others.  Each of these leaders became legendary because, like the metaphorical pebble thrown in the pond, their influence is…

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Is Your Company Ready for the Impending Grey Tsunami?

  “The sky is falling!”  “The sky is falling!”  You know the story—Chicken Little gets hit on the head by an acorn, hemistakenly believes that the sky is falling, and then he runs around hysterically warning others of an impending disaster that never happens.  Likewise, for the last decade or more you may have also…

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Are You a Talent Developer or Talent Waster?

Few leaders have earned the reputation for being exceptional talent developers… but they’re out there.  You may have heard of some of them.  In professional football, 20 of the NFL’s 32 head coaches trained under Bill Walsh or under someone in his coaching tree. In hedge funds, Julian Robertson, the founder of the investment firm Tiger…

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How Good Managers Foster Feedback-Rich Cultures

What do you think is the most important thing you can do to become a more effective, successful leader?  I often ask this question to leaders at all levels who attend my leadership training workshops.  I usually hear answers like, “improve my strategic thinking”, “become more persuasive”, and “be more motivational.”  These are all reasonable…

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How to Create a Compelling Case for Change

In the past, when change happened less frequently, a leader could get by without being a proficient change agent.  Today, it’s a completely different story.  Change is occurring in virtually every corner of business and industry, and the pace of change is increasing rapidly.  Being an effective change agent is no longer just a nice…

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The Massive Cost of Recruiting You Never Knew About

Do you think you know how much it costs to recruit a manager or executive? You might take a moment to calculate the costs of advertising and agency fees, the time it takes to screen resumes and interview candidates, and the cost of onboarding. But if that’s all you’re thinking about, you’re barely scratching the…

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Creating a Culture of Accountability, Not Blame

If you’re a leader, you’ve probably heard the quote “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Unfortunately, when it comes to which one gets more attention from executives, it’s strategy, without question. This is perhaps because, to most executives, strategy is easier to manage. What many leaders fail to realize is that if they aren’t managing their…

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6 Essential Leadership Qualities

Since the dawn of the industrial revolution the most common criteria for promoting people to leadership positions has primarily been their technical ability.  Naturally, new managers tend to do the things that got them promoted, that is, they do the most challenging work themselves and leave the leftover tasks to less technically competent workers (those…

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