I was their friend. Now I’m their boss.

Many of us, in our elevation through the hierarchies of our organizations, end up getting promoted from a member of a team to a leader or manager of that same team. This can create a great deal of discomfort for you and for those who now face uncertainty about how to interact with their newly-found… Read the full article >>

Why work-life balance is such a dicey subject

Work LIfe Balance

In our client work, the issue of work-life balance comes up frequently. The subject often carries with it a significant amount of emotion and is usually raised by people who feel they aren’t achieving anything close to it. But if there are two people in the room, there are probably two different definitions, and therein… Read the full article >>

Should I Stay Or Should I Go?


I was in high school during the last years of the Vietnam War, and I was struggling with my conscience as my 18th birthday approached and I became eligible for the draft. Luckily, history spared me this choice and the war ground to an end before I had to face the possibility of fighting in… Read the full article >>

Leadership in High-Tech: Two skill-sets in one package

Hi Tech Leadership

Organizational leadership is challenging in any case. It requires maturity, focus, discipline, and extraordinary skills of communication and relationship-building. Good leaders are “go-with-the-flow” people who also stand on a foundation of tremendous mental and emotional discipline. So good leaders are already a valued commodity. And I just read an article in our local business journal… Read the full article >>

Does Your Business Have a Split Personality?

Business Personality

Most companies are pretty good at serving their customers. Yes, there it is, I’ve said it. We all have war stories about bad service here and there, but generally I see most companies as being pretty good at meeting their customer’s needs. Otherwise we probably wouldn’t see them around – the companies we deal with… Read the full article >>

Bringing your money problems to work


During our Path Forward Leadership Workshops, and on our radio show/podcast The Boss Show, we often discuss the idea of bringing your whole self to work, of being authentic, and not having to wear a mask in your work life that results in you being a different person there than you are at home. So… Read the full article >>

The Most Important Training You Can Give Your Employees

Training your employees

So you spend a lot of money training your employees, making sure they know the basics of their job, the specific qualities of your products, and how to enter orders and expense reports on the company computer. You even conduct training on safety, and you make sure everyone understands that sexual harassment is a BIG… Read the full article >>

Are Bosses Really All That Bad?

Are bosses really bad?

In a business career spanning 40 years, including 15 years running a business that develops business leaders, I’ve become well-acquainted with the meme of “bad bosses.” We hear all about it in popular culture: My Boss Sucks. And there are the endless parade of surveys indicating alarmingly high percentages of employees who are disengaged from… Read the full article >>

It’s Not Failure We’re Afraid Of

by Steve Motenko Everyone talks about fear of failure.  But it’s not failure we’re afraid of. Failure, by itself, doesn’t feel bad. Screwing up is just a neutral experience — in a social vacuum.  What feels bad is when people find out we screwed up. Because what we’re really afraid of is rejection. A recent… Read the full article >>

What Communication Is Made Of

by Steve Motenko How do you deal with the coworker whose feelings seem to get hurt constantly?  who overreacts to the most innocent comments? who takes everything personally? On our podcast the other day, Jim (“The Business Guy”) asked me (“The Psychology Guy”) how to handle these people.  You can hear how I responded –… Read the full article >>