Change is SO damn hard.

July 5, 2019

I have been coaching executives for a long time on how to be better leaders (i.e. making personal change). There are predictable steps to go through in doing this. 1. Realize that you need to improve. You are NOT a finished product. 2. Pay attention to and value how others see you show up 3. […]

Read the full article →

The Science of Teamwork

June 21, 2019

Everything has to be “evidence-based” these days before you offer your point of view. Even what impacts high performing teams. Probably a good thing, as many of us insist on perspectives that are based primarily on intuition, or worse, unsubstantiated beliefs, and not much on evidence and science. I still like to think it is […]

Read the full article →

Leading by Following the Raptors

June 18, 2019

To observe the evolution of the game of basketball and see which teams perform best now, are a good lesson for any organization and its leaders. Essentially they have evolved from groups of highly talented individuals to true teams. The game of “iso” (individual hero players taking over games in the last five minutes) has […]

Read the full article →

You are We, not I

June 7, 2019

Ego equals problems—not just problems our ego inflicts on others, but also on ourselves. I just read of a study from the University of California. The more people use the pronouns I, me, my, and mine the higher the incidence in coronary heart disease and mortality. Another study cited, individuals suffering from depression and anxiety […]

Read the full article →

Rebuilding the engine while travelling at 120K/hour

May 31, 2019

What I mean to say, is that your job as senior leaders (individually and collectively) is to transform the business while they run the business. This requires better delegation to your teams so that your teams are doing most of the running of the business, in order to enable you to raise your eyes up […]

Read the full article →

Individual vs. collective leadership

May 3, 2019

In my field of leadership development there are two emergent and critical development trends that have been neglected in our coaching and consulting practices. 1. What do individuals and teams have to “unlearn” before they can evolve more effective leadership of their organizations. Most of the leadership development work has traditionally focussed on developing new […]

Read the full article →

The Senior Leadership Challenge has become more Horizontal than Vertical

April 26, 2019

“The leadership challenge now is not the people that report to you—but all the others you need to get on side”. The main outcome of effective leadership, is influence. Relatively easy to influence your team, as they report to you, but harder to influence those in another part of the business where you have no […]

Read the full article →

How to give feedback (or write a thank-you note)

April 12, 2019

Part of being a leader is being a coach. Part of being a coach is giving feedback. Part of giving feedback is commenting on behaviours that you see as being effective and useful that you have observed in the other, whether a peer, direct, skip level or your boss. I thought this short article did […]

Read the full article →

Stress made me do it

March 29, 2019

True autonomy and choice comes when we are free of our own automatic responses.—Krishnamurti (an Indian philosopher and spiritual teacher) It is when we are under stress that we are most likely to lose control of our emotions and release an automatic behavioural response that we immediately regret. This is when those responses own you, […]

Read the full article →

Take your foot off the brake

March 15, 2019

As I said in the last leadership tip, change comes less from putting your foot on the gas with new behaviours, skills, etc. and more from seeing how you have one hidden (to you!) foot firmly planted on the brake. This is easier said than done. Those old habits are deeply embedded in us and […]

Read the full article →