Leadership (general)

Creating The Conditions Of Accountability

“Apples simply don’t grow for me.” I thought to myself as I looked at the spindly bare twigs poking out of the thin trunk.  I had planted an apple tree in my back yard two years previously and was getting frustrated with its lack of production.  Having bought an apple tree, I dug a hole,…

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Three Steps to Develop Personal Accountability

Lack of accountability is everywhere.  It’s a contagious virus that infects minds and paralyzes progress.  Any time you experience poor results, look closely at the sequence of events leading up to the poor results and you will almost always find that many of the people involved (including yourself) failed to take sufficient ownership of the…

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The Key To Reducing Conflict and Improving Teamwork

When you look at failed relationships—be they business, personal or otherwise—you will almost always find they have at least one thing in common: unmet needs and expectations. Intuitively, we all know this.  But when was the last time you asked any of your important relationships to come to a shared understanding of what you need and…

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How to Predict Leadership Potential

Imagine if you could look into a crystal ball to know for certain who has what it takes to be a great leader.  Think of how many hiring and promotion mistakes could be avoided? Consider the impact on your workforce if you only hired and promoted people to management and senior management positions who were top…

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What Is Culture and How Can You Change It?

Although the origin of the phrase “Culture eats strategy for breakfast” is up for debate (we aren’t 100% sure who said it first), the validity of the phrase is not debatable. There is no question and ample evidence that culture, like the mass of an iceberg lurking below the surface of the ocean, can sink the…

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5 Powerful Practices to Give Feedback Like a Pro

In my previous article on How To Cure A Passive-Aggressive Culture, I made the case that the essence of leadership is to “go before” and guide others to a destination.  The way leaders guide others is by constantly pointing to the destination and providing frequent feedback about how well individual efforts are moving the team…

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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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