Independent Leaders?

From over thirty years of research, We see that still today only 5% of respondents indicate that ”Independent” is an attribute they most look for in a leader. There is plenty of justification for that low rating. After all, people seem to want their leaders involved, engaged and connected, not acting aloof or going off [Read More]

The Struggle with Values

My oh my, there sure are a lot of leadership issues in the news these days. As I write this, the NFL players/national anthem controversy is still in full swing. I could write about a number of things related to that! For example, the NFL seems to enforce a number of standards, from what can be [Read More]

The Power of Choice

On one recent, rather untypical Monday afternoon, people across the country looked up at the sky and were mesmerized by that cosmic event called the solar eclipse. By all accounts, those who witnessed totality were totally awed by what they experienced. You just did not hear or see anyone using descriptions like OK or no [Read More]

Culture: First Things First

The comments this month are generously provided by guest contributor Amanda Nelson. If you run in the same types of circles that I do, you can’t go an hour without thinking about, hearing about or being asked about culture. Everyone is talking about what programs they are implementing, how they are redesigning their organization structure, [Read More]

Lessons From Forum 2017

Last month I was part of The Leadership Challenge Forum 2017, this year’s annual conference focusing on the landmark work of authors Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. This was a special session, as it celebrated the 30th anniversary of this leadership methodology and the release of the newest version of the book, now in its [Read More]

The Issue of Unnamed Sources

I cannot count the number of times I have heard people complain about the anonymity of the internet. It goes something like this: “People can write whatever they want, almost libeling people by spreading rumors or biased opinions, without any accountability. They do not have to sign their names, and so there is no way [Read More]

Live Your Values

Unless you have been living in a galaxy far, far away, you no doubt heard about and formed an opinion of the recent United Airlines situation, where they hauled a seated passenger off the plane, and as a result, left both him and their company reputation injured. Everyone, including the financial markets had their say [Read More]

A Question About Honesty

I have a question for you. I have posed it to many and it has prompted some interesting discussion and hopefully thoughtful reflection. First a little background. In my thirty years of work with authors Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner (The Leadership Challenge, and others), we have researched attributes people say they most admire in [Read More]

The Email Complacency Quandary

Complacency is a growth threatening virus in most organizations. The warm and safe comfort zone, can lure people into becoming stagnant, and unaware that they have fallen prey to this seductive condition. One of the biggest causes for complacency is that necessary evil called email. Think about it. For too many people, there is an [Read More]

Moving Forward into a New Year

Happy New Year! Whether you’re coming off a great year or one you’d rather forget, the New Year is here.  Time to celebrate!  By now you’ve completed your plan, set your goals and built your budget.  But wait, don’t make the mistake of jumping right into the stress of the new year without a proper [Read More]