Let’s Have A Real Conversation About Giving Yourself Too Much Credit For Your Good Intentions

Let’s break leadership down into three areas: Recognition Intention Action   Recognition This is where you pay attention to what’s going on around you. You could call this analysis or observation. It is where you begin to notice things in the largest context possible – what does what I’m seeing tell me about our business… Read the full article >>

Let’s have a real conversation about the hard work of relationships at work

Good relationships are hard work. Rewarding, yes. Worthy of my best efforts, yes. Fulfilling, meaningful, fun, yes. But sometimes I feel we ask too much of one another. The deep dive into a relationship can become a land of scrutiny and convoluted efforts to avoid challenge or offense. It can be wasteful to spend too… Read the full article >>

Let’s have a real conversation about helping people grow

Here are some variations on a theme I’ve heard from clients a thousand times over the years: I don’t know why I should have to tell my employees to show initiative. I don’t know why I should have to tell employees to show up on time for meetings. I don’t know why people don’t come… Read the full article >>

Let’s have a real conversation about losing a customer and gaining your mojo

Years ago, I was in a commissioned sales position with a paper distribution company. And when I say commissioned, I mean the 100% – no guaranteed income type of commission. It was early in my sales career, about a year in. Money was still tight, we were raising young kids, I was trying to make… Read the full article >>

Thinking through termination

When an employee isn’t performing, there are usually many contributing reasons, and one of the most important jobs of a leader is to find those barriers to performance and remove them. If we never fire anyone, we are probably naïve. Even the best leaders make mistakes, and in most businesses, there are changes that occur… Read the full article >>

Let’s have a real conversation about change and pain

Our society seems bent on eliminating pain – physical, psychological, or otherwise. This is an encouragement for you to experience pain in your professional life because, without it, I just can’t trust that you’re doing anything significant. The process of creating change is commonly shaped like the letter “U.” When we make changes in our… Read the full article >>

Let’s have a real conversation about quitting your job.

I’ve quit a few jobs over the years. I think I reasoned it all out pretty well when I did. I’ve never regretted my decision. But I know people who have drifted in their career, wandering from employer to employer looking for one that would “get them” and open up space for their talents to… Read the full article >>

Let’s have a real conversation about whether you’re hearing the truth

So you’ve arrived at a leadership position, and now you’re in charge of more people and more things – you’re more powerful than you’ve ever been. You’re being rewarded with a good income. When you walk the halls of your organization, you’ve noticed how everyone now pays more attention. You see more deference from others,… Read the full article >>

Let’s have a real conversation about your need to control

‘Control’ is one of those words that’s taken on an ambivalent or negative tone in recent years. There are few more trenchant criticisms than calling someone “controlling” or worse yet a “control freak.” As is so often the case, a word like “controlling” becomes a negative brand for a particular type of personality. However, in… Read the full article >>

Love, not happiness

We hear more and more about happiness at work, as people increasingly look to their work to be something more than an annoyance they deal with in exchange for a paycheck. The workplace for many people is not where they go to work, but where they go to fulfill dreams and aspirations, and where they… Read the full article >>