Leadership Development Tips

Crossing the Floor to solve a collective problem

September 13, 2019

Many of our organizational problems lie outside of our area of accountability. Locate the issue or conflict or problem in a connection/relationship not in a person or particular part of the system (e.g. Mechanical). What is the role you can play in empowering that relationship or connection. How will you cross the floor in order […]

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Coaching your teams to solve collective problems

September 4, 2019

As we learn leadership skills we realize that we should probably spend more time asking with our teams and less time telling. I think a better way of figuring out this balance between asking and telling would be to help your teams frame the collective challenge. Put the tension on the table between current reality […]

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I see two key barriers to making major change happen

August 16, 2019

I see two big overlapping barriers to change in most of the organizations that I have worked at. Btw, statistically about 70% of change efforts fail across the board. I am sure there are lots of unique reasons in the different organizations but back to the two themes I see repeatedly. 1.“I’ll change as soon […]

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Leading from the inside, out

August 2, 2019

Some of us, at some point in our lives will go through a developmental shift in our minds, from consciously and unconsciously acting out of a response to the expectations of others (family, spouse, teachers, bosses, etc.) to realizing one day, we should allow ourselves to be influenced by others but not compelled to operate […]

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Leadership is a Dangerous Act

July 19, 2019

Leading is dangerous. Inherently risky. When we lead we are advocating for what we think is right, rather than doing the right thing. We are playing to win, rather than playing not to lose. I think it would be great idea if at the end of every working day, as we closed our computers and […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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