The Value of Belonging

Greetings Leaders, How connected are the people in your department feeling these days? With team structures such as remote, hybrid, and blended becoming more permanent in work, one’s sense of connection – and feelings of belonging – might not be as strong at the moment as they need to be. Survey results published by Deloitte [Read More]

Struggling With Trust

According to recent Gallup polls, trust is declining again, especially in some of the major institutions. It is probably not surprising that Congress, television news, and newspapers tend to fall at the bottom of the list of organizations most trusted. Trust and confidence in big business also remains low. On the other hand, small business [Read More]

The Need for Looking Ahead

In a recent global CEO survey by McKinsey and Company, the need for forward-looking and visionary top officers – during and after a crisis – was reinforced. 48% of executives rank presenting an inspiring vision as the most important individual leadership behavior during a crisis; 45% rank it as most important after a crisis. 42% [Read More]

Enabling People Working Remote

I recently heard some fascinating comments about the changing worker landscape from Karin Kimbrough, the Chief Economist with LinkedIn. You are all aware of the massive worker shortage. Well, that is because somewhere around 20 million quit their jobs during the last half of 2021. When asked why, Kimbrough remarked that many were looking at [Read More]

The Dilemma of Mandates

You might not be aware that the word manage comes from the Latin root manus, which means hand. Quick translation – managers handle things. On the other hand, the root of leadership means to go, guide, or travel. Leaders take people places. Quite a difference, even at the root level. Why do I mention this? [Read More]

Leading After COVID

There has been a blip in the space time continuum. Here is what I mean by that. For years and years, we have all heard all about the breakneck rate of change. No doubt about that. But with a disruption the size of COVID, it feels as if a decade of change has occurred within [Read More]

The Elusive Common Good

One of the most documented differences of a leader is that she or he provides a vision of the future – a clear destination of a better tomorrow. No argument about that. Visions provide hope – and inspire us to work hard to achieve that better place. In defining an inspiring vision, we commonly use [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]

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]

Leadership as Dialogue

Following are excerpts from a recent interview between Rodger Dean Duncan of Forbes and Jim Kouzes, co-author of The Leadership Challenge, highlighting the importance of open dialogue for leaders. Enjoy. _____________________ Rodger Dean Duncan: In your practice you often make the point that leadership is a dialogue, not a monologue. How does dialogue inspire a [Read More]