The Power of Optimism

I recently came across a senior manager who said something like this. “I don’t believe it is appropriate to put on a face of optimism, when everyone knows times are really tough. My people would pretty much know that I would be faking it, and I would look foolish.” Let me get this right: optimism [Read More]

Toxic Management

This month’s post is from our good friend and fellow leadership development coach Patil Hunma, who has written an insightful look at the real impact of management behaviors which have become toxic. We invite you to reflect on his observations, and keep them in mind as you seek to more effectively lead within an organization. [Read More]

Responding to Change

Things change – every moment of every day. The stock market goes up 300 points and the very next day down 800. Every week it seems there is a story of some long-successful business being acquired by some other company. And out of the blue, one of your rock solid customers calls one day to [Read More]

A Top Priority for Leaders

Being a student of leadership for thirty plus years, I have come across list after list of what leaders do. I work in this field and I even have trouble keeping up. I imagine it is hard for you as well. After all the reading, studying, facilitating and thinking about leaders, there are three items [Read More]

Sign of the Times

A close friend and colleague, who is a professor at a highly regarded, major university, recently sent me this brief reflection. You may be experiencing something behavior from people around you. *** It is the end of the semester and I have been imploring students to complete an anonymous course evaluation for my classes. In [Read More]

A Big Difference

I recently heard a comment from a young woman who just completed a couple of days of leadership development work. When asked what she would take away from it she said something like this. She said she could no longer attempt to remain mostly invisible or under the radar, if she was going to be [Read More]

Good Coaching or Not

As I write this, the world as we know it is on a bit of a hold, because March Madness has taken over. Not everyone of course is totally focused on basketball, but this annual event does generate a lot of interest. Brackets and betting pools are everywhere, there is always a grand upset or [Read More]

Lesson From The Oscars

If you look closely enough, you can find lessons about leadership just about anywhere, including the Academy Awards. It is kind of like peeking in on the final stage of Hollywood’s performance management process. Supposedly, the top people in a number of categories are competing for the highest honor of “Best.” And the challenge – [Read More]

Beware of Biases

Think back a couple of weeks and you likely remember the uproar about the students from a Catholic high school in KY and their faceoff with Nathan Phillips the fellow beating the drum on the Washington Mall. By living in the area near the school, I can tell you that the fallout from this incident [Read More]

Leading Through Resistance

For this month’s blog, we are featuring a new article, written by guest contributor Amanda Nelson. The article offers some insightful thoughts on what it takes to lead during times of great resistance. One of the known certainties of leadership is that there will always be some kind of resistance. What separates the real leaders, [Read More]